Josh Freeman and Doug Martin Dazzle as Bucs Stop Raiders
Quarterback Josh Freeman threw for 247 yards on 18-for-30 passing with two touchdowns while running back Doug Martin rushed for four TDs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4) garnered their second straight win after staving off a late rally from the Oakland Raiders (3-5), 42-32, Sunday at O.co Coliseum.
After starting the season at 1-3, the Buccaneers are suddenly in the thick of the playoff race after grabbing their third win in four games.
Powered two TD passes by Freeman and two rushing TDs by Martin, the visiting team took a commanding 28-10 advantage at the end of the third quarter but the real battle was just about to begin.
Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer suddenly came alive, hooking up with Brandon Myers for two short-ranged TD passes and then finding Marcel Reece for a 13-yard TD bomb that moved his team within three points, 35-32, with 3:51 left.
But Buccaneers safety Ahmad Black intercepted a crucial pass from Carson and returned it 34 yards.
Martin, who covered 251 yards on 25 carries, took the matters in his own hands as he delivered the eventual game-winning TD with barely a minute remaining.
Palmer threw for 414 yards on 39-for-61 pass attempts for the Raiders, who saw their two-game winning streak snapped.
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