Another record setting day for the Tampa Bay Buccaneer offense led to the 27-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles this afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.
It did not take long for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to pick up where they left off last week. 11 seconds into the game, the Buccaneers had a 7-0 lead after a 75-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to DeSean Jackson. With that touchdown, Jackson tied Jerry Rice for the most touchdowns of 60 or more yards in a career.
That touchdown accounted for the only points of the injury-filled, defensive first quarter. Both teams combined for only 110 offensive yards, 65 penalty yards, and two turnovers the rest of the quarter.
The Eagles found their offensive rhythm in the second quarter with a 13-play, 78-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 7-7. The drive took more than 6:00 off the clock and was capped off with a Corey Clement 15-yard run down the left sideline.
In response, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense struck again, led by Fitzmagic. On the ensuing drive with another 75-yard touchdown pass. This time, O.J. Howard was the recipient as he broke a tackle and Chris Godwin escorted him into the endzone with his block on Malcolm Jenkins. This would be the second 75-yard touchdown pass of the game for Fitzpatrick. A missed extra point on the PAT, though, only extended the lead to 13-7.
Another quick Buccaneer drive was capped off with a Chris Godwin touchdown reception, his second of the season. This drive gave Tampa Bay a 20-7 halftime lead. The Eagles missed a 42-yard field goal off of the right upright on the last play of the first half.
The Second Half…
After Philadelphia received the second half kickoff, they decided to go for a fourth down near midfield. Lavonte David stopped Zach Ertz short of the line to gain and the Buccaneers took over on downs. The ensuing possesion resulted in another touchdown drive and the fourth passing touchdown of the day.
Ryan Fitzpatrick became only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for four touchdowns in the first two games of an NFL season.
Down 27-7, the Eagles began their comeback attempt. Near the end of the third quarter, they completed a 9-play drive, that started on their own 16-yard line, with a touchdown run from Jay Ajayi. The Eagles then added another touchdown in the fourth quarter on a throw and catch from Foles to Agholor to bring the Eagles within six points with 2:46 to go.
DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans both had first down catches on the final Buccaneer possession of the game to clinch the 27-21 victory for the Buccaneers. This is the first time that Tampa Bay has began a season 2-0 since 2010.
Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game 27/33 with 402 yards and four touchdowns. DeSean Jackson led the Buccaneers with 129 yards and a touchdown.
For the Eagles, Nick Foles finished with 339 yards and a touchdown. Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz combined for 18 receptions with 182 yards and a touchdown.
Up next for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a Monday night showdown at Raymond James Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Eagles return home next week to face the Indianapolis Colts.