Final

Chiefs 10

(1-5, 1-2 away)

Buccaneers 38

(2-3, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 14, 2012

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 3 0 710
TB 7 0 14 1738

Top Performers

Passing: J. Freeman (TB) - 328 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Martin (TB) - 13 CAR, 76 YDS

Receiving: M. Williams (TB) - 4 REC, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Josh Freeman throws 3 TD passes, leads Buccaneers past Chiefs

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ronde Barber is getting older, but no less valuable to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 37-year-old, five-time Pro Bowl selection has always had a knack for making big plays, and his interception and 78-yard return for a touchdown Sunday keyed a 38-10 rout of the struggling Kansas City Chiefs.

"If I could bottle that, I'd sell it for a lot of money," the oldest player on the field said of his penchant for changing games. "I've always been ball aware. I see the ball out a lot because I'm always around it. I can't tell you why. I'll just take them as they come, though."

The only remaining player from Tampa Bay's Super Bowl champion of 10 years ago picked off a pass that nearly hit the ground after glancing off the intended receiver's arm, and it smooth sailing up the right sideline, with teammate E.J. Biggers leading the way.

"I was covering the inside slant. E.J. actually made a great play," Barber said. "He's gotten the assist on a couple of my interceptions here the past couple of years. Give him more credit than me. I just snatched it off the ground before it hit it. It was a pretty easy 78-yard run for me."

Josh Freeman threw for a season-high 328 yards and three TDs for the Bucs (2-3), who intercepted Brady Quinn twice in the Kansas City quarterback's first start in nearly three years.

Freeman's inconsistency has been an issue during a slow start by Tampa Bay, however the fourth-year pro is developing a touch on deep passes that's sparked a sputtering offense over the past two games.

He teamed with Mike Williams on a 62-yard scoring play in the first quarter and threw TD passes of 19 and 17 yards to Vincent Jackson in the second half.

The victory coming off a bye week ended a three-game skid and left the Chiefs (1-5) heading into their open date with a three-game skid of their own.

"It's a big day for our offense and for our team to get back on track," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "For Josh, especially, I thought he kept his cool throughout the game when things didn't go well. ... Sure, there are going to be throws he's going to wish he had back and things he wished he did differently. It's a slow process, but he's getting better."

Barber, making the transition to safety after 15 seasons as one of the NFL's top cornerbacks, scored his 14th career regular season touchdown when he picked off a pass that bounced off Dexter McCluster and ran up the sideline untouched to make it 21-3 early in the third quarter.

The Chiefs thought the ball hit the ground. The play was reviewed, but the ruling that it was an interception and TD stood.

"I got hit on the play," Quinn said. "I thought I put the ball in a good spot, but all of a sudden I looked up and I saw him running. It was a tremendous play on his part. I couldn't tell on the replay. From my point of view it looked like it hit the ground, but he made a great play."

It was Barber's eighth career interception return for a TD.

Quinn completed 22 of 38 passes for 180 yards, filling in for the injured Matt Cassel, who sat out after leaving the previous week's 9-6 loss to Baltimore with a concussion.

The Chiefs scored their only touchdown early in the fourth quarter on Edgar Jones' 11-yard fumble return on a play that began with Shaun Draughn blocking a punt into the end zone.

Bucs punter Michael Koenen chased down the loose ball and ran out to the 1, where he was hit by Draughn as he was trying to throw the ball forward. Jones caught the ball on the fly, but it was ruled a fumble because a pass can't be attempted off a blocked punt.

"I was surprised once I saw him pick up the ball in the end zone. He looked like as he was running the ball, he just kind of looked at me and just threw it," Jones said. "I'll take it."

Williams finished with four receptions for 113 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard game. LeGarette Blount finished the rout with a 12-yard touchdown run.

The Bucs played without cornerback Aqib Talib, who began serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Tampa Bay limited NFL rushing leader Jamaal Charles to 40 yards on 12 attempts.

Game notes


Quinn, a former first-round draft pick, made his first start since Dec. 12, 2009, when he was with the Browns. ... Freeman was 15 of 26 and was intercepted once by Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, costing Tampa Bay an opportunity to take an early lead. ... Former Buccaneers OT Paul Gruber, who played from 1988-99, was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
TB
1st Downs1519
Passing 1st downs
911
Rushing 1st downs
56
1st downs from Penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
6-174-9
4th down efficiency
1-30-0
Total Plays6851
Total Yards260463
Yards per play3.89.1
Total Drives1112
Passing180318
Comp - Att
22-3815-26
Yards per pass
4.712.2
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks - Yards Lost
0-01-10
Rushing80145
Rushing Attempts
3024
Yards per rush
2.76.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-23-5
Penalties7-556-33
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession33:1126:49

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Quinn22/381804.7020-0
TBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Freeman15/2632812.6311-10

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles12403.3022
Eachus5183.607
TBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martin13765.8023
Blount7588.3135

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Maneri44511.30195
McCluster6396.50128
TBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Williams411328.31626
Underwood26834.00623

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCTB
tbTD00:18Mike Williams 62 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Connor Barth Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERKCTB
kcFG07:45Ryan Succop 38 Yd 37
THIRD QUARTERKCTB
tbTD12:46Vincent Jackson 19 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Connor Barth Kick) 314
tbTD09:36Ronde Barber 78 Yd Interception Return (Connor Barth Kick) 321
FOURTH QUARTERKCTB
kcTD14:01Edgar Jones 11 Yd Fumble Return (Ryan Succop Kick) 1021
tbFG10:34Connor Barth 27 Yd 1024
tbTD06:43Vincent Jackson 17 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Connor Barth Kick) 1031
tbTD01:53LeGarrette Blount 12 Yd Run (Connor Barth Kick) 1038

Research Notes

Josh Freeman threw two of his three touchdown passes on throws at least 15 yards downfield Sunday, giving him four such touchdowns this season (compared to 3 in 2011). Freeman is completing more passes thrown 15 or more yards downfield (55.6 percent), than he is on throws fewer than 15 yards (55.0 percent) this season.
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Buccaneers wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams accounted for more than half of the Bucs' receptions and receiving yards while hauling in all three receiving touchdown passes Sunday. Dominating the passing game is nothing new for this duo.
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The Buccaneers tackled Chiefs running backs behind the line of scrimmage six times Sunday, all with their base 4-3 defense. Entering Week 6 the Bucs led the league in negative rush plays allowed (28) despite already having their bye week.

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