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Running the football to a victory was unexpected for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, yet they rushed for 161 yards and then held on in a crucial 21-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks to take the NFL’s first regular season game in Germany. Crossing the pond seemed to be just the trick to awaken Tampa Bay’s run game, as the Buccaneers averaged only 3.7 yards per carry but got explosive runs from Rachaad White to hold off the NFC West leading Seahawks.

With Seattle making a late push at victory, the Bucs didn’t allow the Seahawks to get the ball back in the final minutes. White had runs of 12 and 18 yards on the final drive to essentially seal the victory for Tampa Bay. He finished with 22 carries for 105 yards in the win, the first 100-yard rushing performance for Tampa Bay this season. 

The Seahawks trailed 21-3 in the fourth quarter, but made a late rally with two touchdown passes from Geno Smith to cut the deficit to five points with 3:38 to play. Smith finished 23 of 33 for 275 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, but didn’t have the opportunity to complete the comeback as Seattle’s defense couldn’t get off the field. 

While the Buccaneers’ run game was the best it has been all season, Tom Brady finished 22 of 29 for 258 yards with two touchdown passes, one to Julio Jones and another to Chris Godwin. Brady’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones was the Buccaneers’ longest touchdown of the season, giving Tampa Bay the lead for good in the second quarter. 

Brady did throw his first interception since Week 1, snapping a streak of 399 consecutive passes without an interception. That’s the second-longest streak in NFL history, just four behind Aaron Rodgers’ 403 consecutive attempts in 2018. Brady was also the intended recipient on a wild interception off Leonard Fournette. Godwin also had his first touchdown grab since tearing his ACL last December. 

Takeaways are coming shortly on this game, but a recap can be found in the live blog below! 



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