Ezra Shaw

Chargers vs. Buccaneers: Tampa Bay tops San Diego, 34-24

Josh Freeman threw for two touchdown passes on Sunday, as the Buccaneers defeated the Chargers, 34-24.

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TB fans pleased with team effort in win vs. SD

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a win over the San Diego Chargers, leaving fans thrilled with the complete team effort.

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Bucs top Bolts, 34-24

Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes on Sunday, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the San Diego Chargers, 34-24.

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Freeman hits Underwood, Bucs hold 24-23 lead

The scoring see-sawed back in the Buccaneers direction in the third quarter, and Tampa Bay carries a slim 24-23 lead into the fourth quarter.

Josh Freeman kept a Bucs' drive alive by sneaking over his center on a fourth-and-inches situation in San Diego territory, then converted with a touchdown pass to Tiquan Underwood. Freeman now has completed 12-of-17 passes for 191 yards and two scores.

The only other moment of note in the third quarter was when Buccaneers linebacker Quincy Black had to be carted from the field in a stretcher after Chargers running back Ryan Mathews drilled the side of his head with his helmet.

Black appeared to have movement in all of his extremities, but the sixth-year player did have to be stabilized on a board. Mathews was uninjured in the brutal helmet-to-helmet collision.

The Chargers were moving the ball steadily through the air once again at the end of the half.

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Bucs block punt, but San Diego leads 21-17 at half

The second quarter looked like it was going to be all Buccaneers - but Philip Rivers rose to the occasion and gave the Chargers a 21-17 halftime lead with his third touchdown pass of the day.

Tampa kicker Connor Barth started the scoring in the second quarter with a 40-yard field goal, and the Bucs made another huge play on special teams just moments later to give themselves a lead.

Dekoda Watson charged up the middle and blocked a Mike Scifres punt, where Adam Hawyard scooped and scored to give the Buccaneers a 17-14 lead.

Scifres, one of the best punters in the NFL, remained on the ground for several minutes after the brutal block, and was seen limping and receiving extended attention from the Chargers' training staff.

After the blocked punt, Rivers continued his near-perfect play, leading San Diego on their third 80-yard touchdown drive of the day, hooking up with Malcom Floyd for a three-yard touchdown that swung momentum back in their direction before the half.

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Chargers spring out to 14-7 first-quarter lead

The Chargers took all they could get from the Buccaneers' miserable pass defense in the first quarter, as Philip Rivers connected with Danario Alexander and Antonio Gates to give the Chargers a 14-7 lead.

San Diego got the scoring started on their first drive of the day when Rivers connected with Alexander for an 80-yard touchdown. Alexander, a recent waiver-wire pickup, made the most of his opportunity after head coach Norv Turner enlisted him as a starter instead of Robert Meachem.

Tampa Bay, powered by Doug Martin, responded with a scoring drive of its own when Josh Freeman found Dallas Clark to hit pay dirt on the other end. Martin has 32 yards rushing and 42 yards receiving so far.

Rivers found his most reliable target for a score on the very next drive, with Gates splitting the defense down the middle for a 13-yard touchdown. Rivers is 5 of 6 for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

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Buccaneers vs. Chargers inactive lists

The San Diego Chargers will play on Sunday without their starting left tackle, Jared Gaither. Although Gaither was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury on the injury report, it is being reported that a back issue will keep the tackle out of the game. Michael Harris is expected to make his fifth start this season in place of Gaither.

Chargers cornerback Chris Carr is being held out of the game with a groin injury. Defensive end Corey Liuget is active, after being listed as questionable on the report.

San Diego Chargers inactives:

WR Seyi Ajirotutu

S Brandon Taylor

CB Chris Carr

T Jared Gaither

LB Jonas Mouton

LB Antwan Barnes

TE Ladarius Green

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arrelious Benn and Cody Grimm are both inactive after being listed as questionable on the injury report. Benn has been battling a shoulder injury, while Grimm is dealing with a hurt hamstring.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers inactives:

WR Arrelious Benn

RB Michael Smith

S Cody Grimm

CB Danny Gorrer

LB Jacob Cutrera

LB Najee Goode

G Roger Allen

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Red-hot Bucs host Chargers in Week 10

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Buccaneers-Charges game to be blacked out

Sunday's game between the San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be blacked out.

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