1:00 PM ET, December 28, 2008
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
TAMPA, Fla. -- Warrick Dunn stared straight ahead, searching for words to explain how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers let a promising season slip away with a December swoon that left them out of the playoffs."There's disbelief. There's shock. There's emotions, I'm sure, that I can't really describe," the veteran running back said Sunday after the team's fourth consecutive loss, 31-24 to the Oakland Raiders, completed the biggest collapse in franchise history.
• The Buccaneers were eliminated from playoff contention after their fourth straight loss. They finished 9-7 for the second straight season.
• Oakland's Michael Bush set career-highs with 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
• The Raiders avoided losing 12 games in a season for the fourth straight season, as they won five games, their most since 2004 (also 5-11).
• Oakland has won three straight against Tampa Bay.
-- ESPN research
Russell was 14-of-21 and was intercepted once. He threw a 3-yard TD pass to Chaz Schilens in the second quarter. ... Fargas left the game with a knee strain and McFadden didn't finish because of an ankle sprain. ... Bucs LB Derrick Brooks left with a hamstring injury that prevented him from chasing Bush on his long TD run.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.9||6.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||10:44||Michael Bush 4 Yard Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 40 yds, 4:05
|TD||5:45||Carnell Williams 9 Yard Run (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:58
|TD||0:35||Chaz Schilens 3 Yard Pass From Jamarcus Russell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 61 yds, 1:19
|TD||10:14||Michael Clayton 58 Yard Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 83 yds, 1:15
|FG||14:56||Matt Bryant 29 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 13 plays, 76 yds, 6:17
|TD||11:35||Carnell Williams 8 Yard Run (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 11 yds, 0:46
|TD||10:00||Johnnie Lee Higgins 12 Yard Pass From Jamarcus Russell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 66 yds, 1:34
|TD||7:16||Michael Bush 67 Yard Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 67 yds, 0:00
|FG||1:13||Sebastian Janikowski 25 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 51 yds, 5:46