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Goal-line INT 'came right to' Bucs' Tandy



DETROIT -- Detroit had a 21-17 lead and was driving for another score in the third quarter when safety Keith Tandy repeated his biggest play of the season: a drive-killing goal-line interception, just like he had at Seattle three games earlier.

"I couldn't believe it," said Tandy, who stepped up in the middle and made a leaping interception on a pass intended for Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line, returning it to the 18-yard line as one of four Bucs interceptions. "It felt like the ball came right to me." 

Lions QB Matthew Stafford called the pass "not the best decision" after the game, saying he should have thrown the ball away once he saw the coverage, but Tandy said the Bucs had anticipated the play and were ready for it.

"We were in the red zone, and I was trying to disguise the coverage. We had seen them setting the play up for a while like on film," said Tandy, who started in place of Dashon Goldson, out with a one-game suspension. "(Johnson) looked like he was wide-open so (Stafford) threw him the ball and I broke on it."

Tandy's first career interception came off Russell Wilson in Seattle, keeping alive a potential Bucs win, and his interception Sunday helped the Bucs shut Detroit out in the final 24 minutes. Detroit had driven from its 20 to the Bucs' 25, but they came away empty thanks to Tandy's play.

"The corner knew the safety was going to be in the middle of the field. He trusted I was going to be there," Tandy said.

[Last modified: Sunday, November 24, 2013 6:10pm]


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