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Bucs' pass rush effective, but just not enough

Tampa Bay dialled up the pressure all game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it just wasn't enough in Sunday's last second loss.

J. Meric

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers led 21-10 with 7:15 remaining in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the team's defense could not hold the lead. Despite being effective defensively, specifically with the pass rush, it just wasn't enough.

Tampa Bay made six sacks in all on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who is starting in place of Michael Vick, including one on the final drive of the game. However, the rookie quarterback didn't let the hits get to his head, instead keeping his poise and continuing to make plays.

Buccaneers players were impressed by Foles, a product of Arizona, including defensive lineman Gerald McCoy who talked about his poise, via Stephen Holder of The Tampa Bay Times.

"It's not easy to keep your poise when you're getting hit all day as a rookie," McCoy said. "But he did. All the credit goes to him. (Bennett) got to him early on the last drive, he could have gotten nervous, but he didn't."

It was the first time in a few weeks that Tampa Bay was able to apply consistent pressure on the quarterback, but it just wasn't enough. Tampa Bay is now 6-7 on the season and Sundays last second loss likely ends the team's playoffs aspirations for this season.

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