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Patriots pillaged by the Buccaneers

The Patriots (6-5) were beat by the Buccaneers (8-3) in a non-conference game on the road. The score was 27-7 and this game was so handliy won by the Buccaneers that the Patriots pulled their starters in the fourth quarter.

Th Patriots defense played well, but received little help by the offense. There were two early fumble recoveries by the defense which lead to a disappointing three-and-out display by the offense.
By the end of the half the defense could not keep the flood gates closed. The Buccaneers went into halftime up 10-0.
The Patriots finally jump-started their offense late in the third quarter, but it was too-little too-late for them as the Buccaneers were up 17-0.
So with time running out in the game the second stringers were sent into the game. Scott Zolak at quarterback took the team 75 yards down field and scored on a 6-yard touchdown pass to Lovett Purnell.
But it was irrelevant as the Patriots lost 27-7.

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