Late mistakes doom Bucs in Glennon's NFL debut

3:27 PM, Sep 29, 2013   |    comments
Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew a late lead to the Arizona Cardinals and fell, 13-10 in Mike Glennon's first career start.

The rookie quarterback threw for 193 yards and one touchdown but his one mistake cost his team a chance to win in his debut.

Inside three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Glennon tried to squeeze a pass in to Vincent Jackson but the ball was late. Patrick Peterson intercepted the ball and Carson Palmer found Larry Fitzgerald one play later to tie the game, 10-10.

The Cardinals got the ball back after a Buccaneers punt and drove down to the Tampa Bay 9-yard line. Jay Feely hit a 26-yard field goal to give the Cardinals the lead for good.

Glennon thew another late interception to seal the game.

Arizona blew two scoring chances in the third quarter. Palmer threw to the endzone but Jonathan Banks made a sensational one-handed catch for his first career interception. On the next drive, Palmer's pass was wide of his target and Darrelle Revis snagged his first interception in a Bucs uniform.

Arizona outgained Tampa Bay 125-44 in the third quarter, but got no points to show for it.

Ryan Lindell hit a 50-yard field goal with 27 seconds to go in the half to give Tampa Bay a 10-0 lead at the break.

The Buccaneers defense made big plays early against Arizona. Gerald McCoy sacked Palmer on the first play of the game and recovered a Leonard Johnson forced fumble on the Cardinals' next drive.

The fumble recovery set up the Bucs' first score. Glennon hit Mike Williams for a 8-yard touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead.

The Cardinals focused on stopping running back Doug Martin and the plan worked. Martin rushed for just two yards in the second quarter and finished with just 45 total yards on 27 carries.

Entering the game, Martin was a part of an exclusive group of runners. Only seven running backs in NFL history have played in at least 19 games and averaged over 90 yards per game: Martin (92.2), Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Adrian Peterson, Terrell Davis, Alfred Morris (currently playing for the Washington Redskins) and Eric Dickerson.

The Bucs defense has held the Cardinals to 87 total yards of offense. Arizona failed to convert on third down on all five of its attempts.  

Bucs safety Mark Barron hurt his hamstring and did not return to the game.

Glennon dropped back to pass four times in the team's first possession. He completed two passes, one for a first down, and was sacked on 3rd-and-12 to end the drive.

Head coach Greg Schiano announced on Wednesday that Glennon would replace five-year starter, Josh Freeman. The Bucs did not activate Freeman for the game and asked him to watch from a suite instead of the sidelines according to multiple reports, which say he missed at least one team meeting this week.

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