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With TD, Bucs' Alan Cross silenced 'loudest stadium ever'

Alan Cross had one career catch entering today's game.

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Alan Cross had one career catch entering today's game.



Bucs tight end Alan Cross, an undrafted rookie out of Memphis who had one career catch entering Sunday's game, picked a good time for his first NFL touchdown.

Tampa Bay, clinging to a 12-10 lead in the fourth quarter, had moved the ball all day, only to see drives stall and yield only field goals -- drives to the Chiefs' 17, 12, 4, 23, all not getting into the end zone. And on third and 2 from the 3-yard line, the Bucs lined up Cross as a fullback, then had him sprint to the right after the snap, getting himself wide-open for a throw from Jameis Winston and what would end up the winning margin in a 19-17 win at the Chiefs.

"We ran that play at Memphis all the time -- with Coach (Justin) Fuente, we called it 'Pig,' a power pass," Cross said of his second NFL catch. "Just avoid the d-end. I believe it was (Pro Bowler Justin) Houston I had to avoid and it was there. ... I've scored on that play I don't know how many times at Memphis. It was just Jameis (Winston) throwing me the ball instead of Paxton Lynch."

Cross had heard all week about Arrowhead Stadium's reputation as perhaps the loudest stadium in the NFL, but with one catch, he silenced that crowd, save a few Bucs fans that made the trip and celebrated his first career touchdown with him.

"All week, Coach (Dirk Koetter) was saying this was the loudest stadium ever, and they put it all over the scoreboard," Cross said. "I read it. It was 142 DP (decibels), whatever that is. Like Jameis said at the end, we're a family, and we've got to stick together like glue. If we do that, the sky's the limit."

[Last modified: Sunday, November 20, 2016 6:22pm]


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