8:30 PM ET, November 11, 2013
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
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.
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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.
Dolphins Struggle On Land
Miami ran for only 2 yards Monday night, making it the fourth-worst rushing performance in a game since 1990. Here's a look at the list:
"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.
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"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."
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Owner Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins talks to the media about the NFL's...(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.7||4.4|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-3||2-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||09:37||Donald Penn 1 Yd Pass From Mike Glennon (Rian Lindell Kick)||0||7|
|FG||05:27||Rian Lindell 24 Yd||0||10|
|SF||13:52||Daniel Thomas Tackled In End Zone||0||12|
|FG||09:01||Rian Lindell 35 Yd||0||15|
|TD||00:28||Rishard Matthews 6 Yd Pass From Ryan Tannehill (Caleb Sturgis Kick)||7||15|
|FG||07:57||Caleb Sturgis 40 Yd||10||15|
|TD||02:01||Rishard Matthews 19 Yd Pass From Ryan Tannehill (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)||16||15|
|FG||00:10||Caleb Sturgis 30 Yd||19||15|
|TD||10:19||Bobby Rainey 1 Yd Run (Rian Lindell Kick)||19||22|
Dolphins had 2 rushing yards, the fewest in a game in franchise history.[+]
Fewest Rush Yards in a Game - Dolphins History
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.
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.[+]
Buccaneers Pass Defense 15+ Yards Downfield, This Season
Dolphins had 2 rushing yards, the 4th-fewest in a game since 1990.[+]
Fewest Rush Yards 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.[+]
Dolphins Running Game - This 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.[+]
Dolphins QBs, Last 2 Seasons
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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