Packers-Bucs QT

It was over when ...

  Bucs rookie QB 
 Josh Freeman passed for 205 yards and three touchdowns in his starting debut. 

(Chris O'Meara / Associated Press)

Buccaneers free safety Tanard Jackson intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown with 52 seconds left in the game.

Game ball

In his first career start, Buccaneers rookie QB Josh Freeman was 14-of-31 for 205 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Freeman's 7-yard touchdown pass to WR Sammie Stroughter on fourth down gave Tampa Bay a 31-28 lead with 4:14 remaining and capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive.

Key Stat

The Buccaneers, who hadn't scored more than 21 points in a game this season, tallied 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.


The Bucaneers won for the first time since Nov. 30, 2008, snapping an 11-game losing streak. ... RB Ahman Green (six carries for 45 yards) surpassed Hall of Famer Jim Taylor as the Packers' all-time leading rusher with 8,208 yards. ... Freeman is the fifth player since 1980 to face Green Bay in his first career start and the first to win. ... Packers WR James Jones had four catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. ... Rodgers' 74-yard TD pass to Jones in the first quarter was the longest of his career. ... Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib had an interception, and now has five in his last five games. ... Rodgers was sacked six times, and now has been taken down a league-leading 37 times. He was sacked 34 times all of last season.

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