Tampa Bay's offense comes alive in the second half against the Vikings, 26-14
Tampa, FL- After a slow start, the Bucs' offense comes alive in the second half to get the victory over the Vikings.
Tampa Bay struggled to get their offense rolling in the first quarter. Tom Brady only threw the ball twice for nine-yards. On the defensive end, the Bucs gave up 76-yards on the ground and a touchdown in the quarter.
After a missed field goal by the Vikings mid-way in the second quarter, Brady went down the field and threw a 48-yard touchdown strike to Scott Miller to finally get on the board, 7-6. Before the end of the half, Brady started to find his groove and hit his receivers. The Bucs finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run by Ronald Jones to walk into half with a 14-6 lead.
In the second half, the Bucs completely took control of the game. Brady started to get more comfortable in the pocket and was hitting his receivers in stride. Tampa Bay scored 10 points in the third quarter. With under a minute left in the quarter, the Vikings scored a touchdown and a two point conversion to cut the Bucs' lead to a nine point game, 23-14.
The Bucs' defense continued to have problems stopping Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook in the fourth quarter. Minnesota got themselves in the redzone with 10 minutes left in regulation, but was forced to attempt a field goal. Dan Bailey missed the field goal, which was his third field goal that he missed in the game.
Tampa Bay iced the game with a field goal to get the victory they needed to keep their playoff spot in the NFC. The final score was 26-14.
Brady finished the game 196 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jones had 18 touches for 80 yards with 1 touchdown.