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Bears Vs. Buccaneers: Tampa Bay Rallies In Fourth Quarter, But Falls Short In 24-18 Loss

After looking lifeless for three quarters of play, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rallied in the fourth quarter before eventually falling short and losing 24-18 to the Chicago Bears. The game was played across the pond at Wembley Stadium, and it was Tampa Bay's second loss in the last three seasons in London.

Josh Freeman led Tampa Bay on two fourth quarter scoring drives, trimming the lead to 21-18 with seven minutes to play. After Chicago stretched the lead to six on a Robbie Gould field goal, the Buccaneers rally was snuffed out when Freeman was picked off by D.J. Moore with 37 seconds left in the game. Freeman finished the game 29 of 51 for 264 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Matt Forte was the star of the day, gaining 145 yards on 25 carries, scoring on a 32-yard run in the first quarter that made Buccaneers defenders look foolish. Jay Cutler was 17 of 32 for 226 yards, throwing for one touchdown and two interceptions.

For more on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, check out SB Nation Tampa Bay and the SB Nation blog Bucs Nation. For more on the Bears vs. Buccaneers showdown, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Bears, visit SB Nation Chicago and SB Nation's Bears blog Windy City Gridiron

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