The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Minnesota Vikings 36-17 for their first road win in the National Football League this season.
Rookie running back Doug Martin scored two touchdowns and accounted for 135 of Tampa Bay’s 159 yards rushing as the Buccaneers improved to 3-4 with their second win in three games. The Vikings dropped to 5-3 with their first defeat in four games this season at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
The Buccaneers led 13-0 as Connor Barth kicked field goals from 28 and 40 yards either side of a 1-yard touchdown run by Erik Lorig.
Minnesota cut the deficit when quarterback Christian Ponder found Percy Harvin with an 18-yard scoring pass. Mike Williams caught a 3-yard pass from Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman to restore the 13-point advantage before Blair Walsh made it 20-10 at halftime with a 51-yard field goal for the Vikings.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Martin took a short pass from Freeman and sprinted for a 64-yard touchdown to make it 27-10.
After Barth added a field goal from 38 yards, Adrian Peterson scored for Minnesota with a 64-yard touchdown run to make it 30-17 with one quarter to play.
Martin’s second touchdown, on a 1-yard run, gave Tampa Bay a 36-17 lead with about seven minutes remaining.
Tampa Bay made certain of the win when Leonard Johnson intercepted Ponder with 57 seconds remaining.
Ponder completed 19 of 35 passes for 251 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Freeman completed 19 of 36 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns.
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