The Washington Post
Monday, Nov. 26, 2007; Page E12
FIRST QUARTERBuccaneers 10, Redskins 0 The Redskins had two turnovers, both of which led to scores. First, wide receiver Santana Moss fumbled after catching a short pass from Jason Campbell. The Buccaneers took over at the Redskins 19, and running back Earnest Graham ran three straight times, finishing off the possession with a one-yard touchdown plunge. Then Clinton Portis had the ball dislodged when defensive end Greg White punched it out from behind, giving Tampa Bay possession at the Redskins 19. But the Buccaneers, playing without starting quarterback Jeff Garcia who left the game during the first series with a lower back injury, managed just a 35-yard field goal from Matt Bryant.
SECOND QUARTERBuccaneers 19, Redskins 3 Turnovers continued to plague the Redskins, with Campbell losing the ball after getting hit while looking to throw. White forced the fumble, and Tampa Bay recovered at the Redskins 18. Coach Joe Gibbs challenged the ruling on field, but officials upheld the call. The Buccaneers moved to the 9, but on third down and one, Washington stuffed Graham for no gain and forced a 27-yard Bryant field goal. On the Redskins' ensuing possession, Portis fumbled for the second time, and Tampa Bay recovered at the Washington 32. Again the Redskins held, and Tampa Bay had to settle for a 48-yard Bryant field goal.
THIRD QUARTERBuccaneers 19, Redskins 10 The Redskins went to a no-huddle to start the second half, and it helped the offense develop a rhythm. Washington began with the ball at its 27 to start the quarter and capped its first drive with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to tight end Chris Cooley, who was open in the middle of the field. The Redskins extended that drive by giving the ball to Portis on a fourth down and one from the Tampa Bay 42, and the running back burrowed through the line for a two-yard gain. The Buccaneers were unable to mount any threat offensively with backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. Tampa Bay failed to pick up a first down on two possessions in the quarter.
FOURTH QUARTERBuccaneers 19, Redskins 13 The Redskins began the final quarter with the ball at the Buccaneers 39-yard line. On first down, Ladell Betts carried for 11 yards, and three plays later the Redskins got a critical 10-yard completion on third down and eight to keep the drive going. Washington moved to the 13, but on third down and seven, Campbell was sacked for a seven-yard loss. The Redskins got a 38-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham to cut the margin to 19-13 with 11 minutes 19 seconds to play. Washington mounted a proficient final drive, moving from its 7 to the Bucs 16. But on second down, Campbell's pass sailed in to the hands of veteran cornerback Brian Kelly in the end zone with 17 seconds to play.