- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 16.
With his team needing a win to stay in the playoff hunt, Josh Freeman simply did what he has done many times this season. Freeman put the Buccaneers, who have been decimated by injuries in recent weeks, on his back and carried them to a 38-15 victory against Seattle.
This one wasn’t the usual game where the Bucs stay close all the way and Freeman finds a way to pull it out in the end. The Bucs took firm control of this game in the second quarter when Freeman threw two touchdown passes straight into a strong wind.
But it didn’t stop there. Freeman, who never had thrown more than three touchdown passes in a game, finished with five touchdown passes to tie the franchise’s single-game record.
He also rushed four times for 23 yards and finished with 237 yards passing. Freeman didn’t even have to play the whole game because the Bucs had such a big lead that they decided to rest their starter and bring in backup Josh Johnson late in the game.