Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Chicago Bears

The NFL International Series celebrated its fifth regular season game to be staged at Wembley Stadium with a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears. 

It was the second time that Tampa Bay had played in London and the team had clearly enjoyed the experience two years previously despite getting beat by the New England Patriots. However, whether they will be returning in a hurry is up for debate after they suffered yet another defeat, this time at the hands of the Chicago Bears.

The Bears jumped out of the gate well, scoring on the second offensive drive of the game with Running Back, Matt Forte, completing a 32 yard touchdown run to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.

The only points the Buccs could get on the board in the opening quarter was the two points gained after Forte was tackled in the Bears endzone for a Safety and things didn't get better in the second quarter after the Bears extended their lead following a 25 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback, Jay Cutler, to Roy Williams to make it 14-2.

A field goal on the stroke of half time meant that Tampa Bay was still in with a chance of victory but a a TD from Marion Barber on the opening drive of the second half saw the home side trailing by 16 points and with it all to do.

It was only in the fourth quarter that Tampa Bay managed to rally and find their way back in to the game, a Kellen Winslow touchdown saw the lead reduced to 10 points and on the next drive by the Bears, Cutler had a pass intercepted which, from the resulting drive, saw the Buccs score another touchdown courtesy of a 24 yard catch by Dezmon Briscoe from Josh Freeman to make it a one score game and set up an exciting finish. 

However, Tampa Bay struggled to continue the momentum they found early on in the final quarter and a Robbie Gould field goal put put Chicago six point ahead with just over a minute remaining and as Freeman attempted to lead his team to a last gasp win, an intercepted pass meant that Chicago could run down the clock to get the win.


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