Bucs end yearlong road skid

Buccaneers 22 Browns 7

Nfl Week 16

Gameday

December 25, 2006

CLEVELAND -- Derrick Brooks returned one of Tampa Bay's four interceptions 21 yards for a touchdown and the Buccaneers won their first road game in more than a year, 22-7, over the dreadful Cleveland Browns yesterday.

The Buccaneers (4-11) had lost eight straight outside Florida since winning at Carolina on Dec. 11, 2005. But they had little trouble with the Browns (4-11), who lost their third straight, managed 187 yards of offense and were taunted by their fans.

Cleveland avoided being shut out for the second straight Dec. 24 when cornerback Daven Holly returned a fumble 40 yards for a score with 11:33 left.

Tampa Bay 3 3 6 10-22

Cleveland 0 0 0 7- 7

First quarter TB-FG Bryant 23, 7:05.

Second quarter TB-FG Bryant 24, 6:18.

Third quarter TB-Pittman 11 run (kick failed), 9:20.

Fourth quarter TB-Brooks 21 interception return (Bryant kick), 14:12. Cle-Holly 40 fumble return (Dawson kick), 11:33. TB-FG Bryant 37, 5:47. A-69,603.

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First downs 21 12

Total net yards 355 187

Rushes-yards 44-153 20-91

Passing 202 96

Punt returns 0-0 1-13

Kickoff returns 2-33 5-81

Interceptions ret. 4-66 1-8

Comp-Att-Int 16-26-1 10-28-4

Sacked-Yards lost 3-10 3-27

Punts 2-41.5 3-42.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0

Penalties-Yards 2-10 1-15

Time of possession 37:16 22:44 Rushing-Tampa Bay, Pittman 16-86, Alstott 22-56, Graham 5-12, Rattay 1-(minus 1). Cleveland, Droughns 19-92, Anderson 1-(minus 1). Passing-Tampa Bay, Rattay 16-26-1-212. Cleveland, Anderson 10-27-4-123, Dorsey 0-1-0-0. Receiving-Tampa Bay, Hilliard 4-67, Smith 4-45, Pittman 4-21, Stovall 2-45, Galloway 2-34. Cleveland, Jurevicius 4-58, Northcutt 2-31, Winslow 2-27, Edwards 2-7. Missed field goal-Cleveland, P.Dawson 31 (BL).

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