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How they scored

Team Score Time Drive The plays
1st 3-0

Tampa Bay

12:10 4 plays, 9 yards, 1:58 Connor Barth 40-yard field goal. Key plays: The Bucs took the early lead thanks to cornerback Aqib Talib's interception of Charlie Batch on Pittsburgh's second play of the game, stepping in front of the errant throw at the Steelers 31. Josh Freeman completed second- and third-down passes to wide receivers Mike Williams and Sammie Stroughter, respectively, but still fell a yard short of a first down. Barth remained perfect for the season (4-for-4) with his successful kick.
7-3

Pittsburgh

7:53 2 plays, 45 yards, 0:53 Mike Wallace 46-yard pass from Charlie Batch (Jeff Reed kick). Key play: It didn't take long for the Bucs to feel the impact of Tanard Jackson's suspension. On second and 11 from the Bucs 46, Batch lobbed the ball toward Wallace on the right side of the end zone. Rookie Cody Grimm, replacing Jackson at free safety, appeared to have Wallace covered. But Grimm never turned to find the ball, allowing it to settle in Wallace's arms despite being in the receiver's face.
2nd 7-6

Pittsburgh

14:08 15 plays, 74 yards, 8:45 Connor Barth 24-yard field goal. Key plays: The Bucs put together one of their most impressive drives of the season behind Josh Freeman's arm and the debut of running back LeGarrette Blount. Freeman completed passes of 16 yards to Mike Williams, 11 to running back Cadillac Williams and 13 to tight end Kellen Winslow, who made a great catch after the ball had been tipped at the Pittsburgh 7. Blount added 26 yards on four carries, one of them good for a first down. An incompletion and a short completion to Sammie Stroughter forced the Bucs to settle for the field goal.
14-6

Pittsburgh

10:19 6 plays, 67 yards, 3:49 Rashard Mendenhall 3-yard run (Jeff Reed kick). Key plays: The Steelers made quick work of the Bucs defense. Mendenhall picked up 15 yards on first down. On consecutive plays came a 24-yard scramble by Charlie Batch (on third and 6) and a 21-yard pass from Batch to tight end Heath Miller to the Bucs 3. Mendenhall scored one play later to extend Pittsburgh's lead.
21-6

Pittsburgh

7:15 2 plays, 44 yards, 0:47 Mike Wallace 41-yard pass from Charlie Batch (Jeff Reed kick). Key plays: For the second time in the half, a long Batch pass to Wallace should have been knocked away by the Bucs defender but wound up as a touchdown. This time, two plays after a fumble by the Bucs' Mike Williams was recovered at the Tampa Bay 44, Batch's long pass was tipped by cornerback Aqib Talib, who appeared to have the interception, in the end zone. But the ball deflected into the hands of Wallace, who pulled it in for his second touchdown of the game.
28-6

Pittsburgh

0:16 11 plays, 79 yards, 4:02 Hines Ward 9-yard pass from Charlie Batch (Jeff Reed kick). Key plays: Batch continued to carve up the Bucs secondary, completing passes to Antwaan Randle El (14 yards), Mike Wallace (13) and Ward (19) to the Bucs 16. A 7-yard pass to running back Mewelde Moore and a spike set up third and 3 at the Tampa Bay 9. Batch (under no pressure) waited for Ward to find an opening in the back of the end zone and hit him for his third touchdown pass of the half.
3rd 31-6

Pittsburgh

2:23 8 plays, 53 yards, 4:21 Jeff Reed 24-yard field goal. Key plays: The Steelers stuck to their ground game, running the ball on the drive's first six plays with the big gain coming on Rashard Mendenhall's 34-yarder off right tackle that would have gone for a touchdown had safety Cody Grimm not nudged him out of bounds at the Bucs 14. Two runs and an incompletion forced the Steelers to settle for the field goal.
4th 38-6

Pittsburgh

14:44 None Brett Keisel 79-yard interception return (Jeff Reed kick). Key play: The Bucs seemed poised to cut into Pittsburgh's lead, facing first down at the Steelers 17 as the fourth quarter began. But Josh Freeman's quick pass to the left bounced off receiver Sammie Stroughter and into the hands of Keisel, who rumbled down the right sideline untouched for the touchdown.
38-13

Pittsburgh

1:54 10 plays, 68 yards, 4:09 LeGarrette Blount 1-yard run (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: Backup quarterback Josh Johnson and rookie receiver Arrelious Benn connected on three passes for 33 yards. And Johnson hit tight end Jerramy Stevens for another 22 yards (to the Pittsburgh 8) after most of the starters were yanked. Blount was denied the score on third and goal from the 1 but bulled his way in on fourth down for the game's final points.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Pittsburgh Steelers 09/26/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 26, 2010 8:40pm]

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