Behind their opening drive field goal by Adam Vinatieri, the Colts took a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Buccaneers appeared to score the go-ahead touchdown at the end of the first quarter, but the play was called back when it was ruled that Arrelious Benn stepped out-of-bounds and was the first to touch the ball when he came back in. Benn, who caught the short pass and took the ball 50 yards into the end zone, ever-so-slightly stepped on the sideline with his left foot as Josh Freeman scrambled to get him the ball. Benn broke several tackles as he scampered 62 yards.
The Buccaneers challenged the play but the illegal touching call was upheld when the replay showed Benn’s foot hit the chalk.
The Bucs also had a chance to even the game in the first quarter after a Michael Bennett sack and forced fumble of Curtis Painter. The Bucs, however, would quickly go three and out and Connor Barth would hit the right upright on a failed 46 yard field goal attempt.