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Penalties in pivotal moments proved costly for Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers committed 10 penalties against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and several of them came during critical periods of the game. Head coach Greg Schiano said afterward that those crucial mistakes could not be forgiven:
"There are certain penalties I can live with," coach Greg Schiano said. "There are others that are inexcusable. We had a few of those today."
The penalties cost Tampa Bay some points -- an offside call on the Bucs' defense at its own 10-yard line gave Washington a fresh set of downs, which resulted in a Robert Griffin III touchdown. In the second half, guard Ted Larsen's false start on a potential game-tying two-point conversion made things that much more difficult for the offense. The Bucs were unable to convert that try, and the Redskins eventually won the game on a last-minute field goal attempt.
The Buccaneers are off in Week 5; they return to the field against Kansas City on Oct. 14.