Dolphins 19

(4-5, 2-3 away)

Buccaneers 22

(1-8, 1-4 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, November 11, 2013

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 7 12 019
TB 10 5 0 722

Top Performers

Passing: R. Tannehill (MIA) - 229 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Leonard (TB) - 20 CAR, 57 YDS

Receiving: R. Matthews (MIA) - 11 REC, 120 YDS, 2 TD

Bucs hold off Dolphins to collect first win of season

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- No lead had been safe for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

So it was up to the defense to help them get their first win of the season.

Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn and led a long fourth-quarter TD drive to put the Buccaneers ahead for good in a 22-19 victory over the embattled Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

Bobby Rainey's 1-yard run capped an 80-yard drive, and the Bucs held on the final 10 minutes to become the last team in the league to win this season.

Jacksonville beat Tennessee on Sunday, leaving Tampa Bay as the league's only winless team entering the game.

The Bucs (1-8) held fourth-quarter leads in four of their eight losses, losing each time in the final 89 seconds of regulation or overtime.

"It had the same feeling going down the stretch," coach Greg Schiano said after his team won for only the second time in 15 games dating to last season. "But our guys bowed up and made some plays."

"It was rough. It was scary, I'm not going to lie," linebacker Adam Hayward said, recalling how the Bucs blew a 21-point lead before losing at Seattle eight days earlier.

"It looked like last week. The guys, like Lavonte (David) and a bunch of us just said we're tired of it," Hayward added. "We can't do it again, and everybody just started stepping up and making plays."

Playing for the first time since a bullying scandal in the Dolphins' locker room broke, Miami (4-5) started slowly before overcoming an early 15-0 deficit to lead 19-15 heading into the fourth quarter.

Ryan Tannehill threw touchdown passes of 6 and 19 yards to Rishard Matthews but got no help from a running game that was limited to just 2 yards rushing.

The Bucs sacked Tannehill twice on Miami's final possession before Darrelle Revis intercepted Tannehill's fourth-down desperation throw intended for Mike Wallace with 1:35 remaining.

"We have good guys on this team who understand adversity and understand how to handle it," Tannehill said. "This is a good test. I'm not saying it's easy. I'm not saying it's fun to deal with. But I have faith in these guys."

Glennon completed 11 of 21 passes for 139 yards in his sixth pro start. The third-round draft pick threw his first interception in four games -- a span of 159 attempts -- to set up a third-quarter field goal that put the Dolphins up 19-15.

Tannehill finished 27-of-42 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

The Bucs saluted Hall of Famer Warren Sapp at halftime, retiring his No. 99 jersey and inducting the 1999 NFL defensive player of the year and 2002 Super Bowl champion into the team's Ring of Honor.

The Dolphins had not played since Oct. 31, when they beat Cincinnati 22-20 in overtime to stop a four-game skid.

They've been the talk of the league for the wrong reasons ever since.

The NFL is investigating tackle Jonathan Martin's allegations of daily harassment by teammates, including suspended guard Richie Incognito. Martin is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues, and he'll meet later this week with the league's special investigator to discuss the allegations.

The special investigator will determine whether Incognito harassed Martin and whether the Dolphins mishandled the matter.

Owner Stephen Ross broke his silence on the situation during a news conference before the game at Raymond James Stadium. He said he was appalled by the player's accusations and plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday at an undisclosed location.

"Obviously there was a voice we weren't hearing," Ross said, adding that he will take an open mind into the meeting and is eager to learn the facts of the case.

The owner said he has formed an independent advisory group that includes Tony Dungy, Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin to review organizational conduct policies and to make recommendations on areas for improvement.

"We need to look at ourselves. We have to examine everything internally," Ross said. "This is so appalling to me. I know I'm capable of overreacting. I want to get everybody's feedback because we all know the football locker room is a different workplace than most of us are accustomed to. I don't want to make any excuses."

It was apparent from the start that the Bucs might be able to change their fortunes against the Dolphins, who spent much of the past week answering questions about the bullying scandal.

Glennon finished a nine-play, 76-yard, game-opening drive with his TD pass to Penn, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound tackle who discreetly slipped off the line and was all alone in the end zone. Mike James ran five times for 41 yards on the drive before leaving the game with a broken left ankle.

The Bucs built the lead to 15-0 with a pair of field goals by Rian Lindell and a safety before Tannehill got the Dolphins on track in the closing minutes of the second quarter.

The second-year quarterback trimmed his team's deficit to 15-7 with his first TD pass to Matthews. The second put Miami ahead 16-15 late in the third quarter.

"We moved the ball well through the air, but we didn't have any balance. That caught up to us at the end of the game," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said.

"There's a lot of football left to be played. November and December is going to determine who moves forward," Philbin said. "We have to learn from the mistakes we made and prepare better and play better."

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1618
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5860
Total Yards213264
Yards per play3.74.4
Total Drives1112
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

tbTD9:42Donald Penn 1 Yard Pass From Mike Glennon (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 5:23
tbFG5:31Rian Lindell 24 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 34 yds, 2:40
tbSF14:00Daniel Thomas Tackled In Own End Zone
Drive info: 2 plays, -2 yds, 0:44
tbFG9:04Rian Lindell 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 41 yds, 4:51
miaTD0:32Rishard Matthews 6 Yard Pass From Ryan Tannehill (Caleb Sturgis Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 90 yds, 3:26
miaFG8:02Caleb Sturgis 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 1:33
miaTD2:08Rishard Matthews 19 Yard Pass From Ryan Tannehill (Ryan Tannehill Pass to Mike Wallace For Two-Point Conversion is )
Drive info: 5 plays, 41 yds, 2:06
miaFG0:14Caleb Sturgis 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, -5 yds, 1:24
tbTD10:26Bobby Rainey 1 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:51

Research Notes

Dolphins had 2 rushing yards, the fewest in a game in franchise history.
Ryan Tannehill was sacked twice on the Dolphins final drive, and has been sacked 37 times this season. No team has allowed more sacks than Miami this season.
Rishard Matthews is the first Dolphins player with 100 receiving yards and 2 touchdown receptions in a game since Patrick Cobbs (Week 6, 2008 vs Texans).
The Buccaneers held the Dolphins to 2 yards on 14 rushes Monday, the Dolphins' fewest rushing yards in a game in franchise history, and the fewest by any team since Week 17 of 2007 (Cowboys: 1 rushing yard against Redskins). Dolphins ball-carriers were first contacted at or behind the line of scrimmage on 12 of their 14 rushes. Their -11 yards before contact are the fewest for any team in a game since 2009, and they did not have more than 1 yard before contact on any rush. The Dolphins managed 13 rushing yards after contact, their third game this season with fewer than 20 YAC. No team in the league has more such games.
The Buccaneers sacked Ryan Tannehill twice on the Dolphins' final possession Monday. Tannehill has been sacked a league-high 37 times this season and has been sacked on 10.0% of his dropbacks, the second-highest rate in the league among qualified quarterbacks (Terrelle Pryor - 10.4%).
Ryan Tannehill was 0-for-6 with an interception on throws 15 or more yards downfield Monday. Coming into the game, the Buccaneers ranked in the bottom three in the league in completion percentage and yards per attempt allowed on such throws. -Tannehill has seven interceptions on throws 15 or more yards downfield this season, tied for second-most in the league, and has thrown an interception on 10.9% of such throws, the third-highest rate among qualified quarterbacks.
Dolphins had 2 rushing yards, the 4th-fewest in a game since 1990.
The Dolphins have set season-highs in rushing yards in each of the last 3 weeks after not having much success to start the season.
Ryan Tannehill has been sacked an NFL-most 35 times, as many in eight games this season as he was all of last year. He's not holding the ball either- Tannehill has averaged two-tenths of a second fewer in the pocket this season compared to last, and has the sixth-lowest average time in pocket among qualified quarterbacks.
Mike Glennon has gotten off to good starts in his NFL career, but hasn't been able to finish.
Ryan Tannehill has been sacked on 10.7 percent of his dropbacks this season, highest in the NFL. Tannehill's sack rate is highest despite posting the sixth lowest time before pass, scramble or sack (3.3 seconds).
Mike Glennon is attempting to become the 6th rookie in NFL history to earn his first career victory in a Monday Night Football game.

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