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Bucs' offense had promising start with flea-flicker TD



NEW ORLEANS -- The Bucs wouldn't be able to keep up with the Saints' prolific offense, but early on, Tampa Bay answered New Orleans' first touchdown with a big play of their own on a flea-flicker touchdown on their opening drive.

On a first down at the New Orleans 48, having uncharacteristically thrown the ball on their first three plays, the Bucs handed the ball off to RB Bobby Rainey, who stopped and pitched the ball back to rookie QB Mike Glennon, who found WR Tiquan Underwood wide-open deep for a 48-yard touchdown and a 7-7 tie.

"Mike just gave me a chance -- great play call by Coach (Mike) Sullivan, our offensive coordinator, and we nailed it," Underwood said. "We knew they were very aggressive, and we've been running the ball pretty well. We knew they would be conscious of coming up for the run game, so it was a nice wrinkle."

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins bit hard on the run play, allowing Underwood to get wide-open behind the New Orleans secondary and catch the pass at the goal line for his fourth touchdown of the season. If anything, he said he was so open he got nervous about dropping the easy ball.

"As a receiver, those are the tough ones to catch, but Mike threw a great pass and that was that," he said.

The Bucs scored two touchdowns in their first four possessions, then totaled three points on their remaining seven possessions.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:44pm]


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