Spurlock's drop hurts Bucs in the end
Receiver Micheal Spurlock could have made excuses for, or tried to rationalize his dropped ball in the end zone with 6:10 remaining on Sunday. But he knew there was no mitigating the facts.
“It’s a play that you have to make and I didn’t make it,” Spurlock said. “There’s nothing else to be said about it. It’s a play that I can make in my sleep.”
Spurlock failed to haul in what would have been a 49-yard touchdown from quarterback Josh Freeman that would have pulled the Bucs to within a touchdown with significant time remaining. The throw was not as well-placed as Freeman would have hoped, arriving slightly behind Spurlock.
“Really, Spurlock beat (the defender) and I needed to put it right on him,” Freeman said. “I tried to give him a chance, but either way, the level of difficulty for Micheal Spurlock on that play was just tough.”
Still, Spurlock got his hands on the ball and couldn’t bring in.
“You’re out here to make those plays and in a big game like this, you just can’t have them. You have to make that catch and give your team more time on the clock.”
The clock issue was very relevant. The Bucs did go on to score later in that drive, but by then, three more minutes had elapsed and the Bucs were up against some very long odds.