August 25, 2012 in Sports

Rookies propel Bucs over Patriots

 

First-round draft picks Mark Barron and Doug Martin scored touchdowns, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 30-28 on Friday night in Tampa, Fla.

Barron intercepted a pass tipped by Ronde Barber and returned it 22 yards for a first-quarter TD. Martin scored on a 1-yard run that finished a game-opening drive led by Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman.

Brady played three quarters in his most extensive action of the preseason, but didn’t really get the Patriots (1-2) offense on track until after Tampa Bay (2-1) built a 23-7 lead. He finished on a high note, though, throwing a 16-yard TD pass to Rob Gronkowski on his final play.

Eagles 27, Browns 10: Rookie quarterback Nick Foles, filling in for injured starter Michael Vick, threw two TD passes in the first quarter to lead Philadelphia over mistake-prone Cleveland in Cleveland.

With Vick sidelined with bruised ribs, Foles stepped in and played impressively for the Eagles (3-0), who open the regular season in Cleveland on Sept. 9. Foles finished 12 of 19 for 146 yards with one interception.

The Browns (2-1) had two costly turnovers in the first quarter, when they also had a punt blocked. It was not a good showing for their new owner, Jimmy Haslam III, who sat in the stands in the first quarter watching his $1 billion purchase.

Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden went 9 of 20 for 117 yards.

Bears 20, Giants 17: Jason Campbell threw a 12-yard TD pass to Joe Anderson with 8:22 to play and Chicago (2-1) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat New York (1-2) in East Rutherford, N.J.

Starting quarterback Jay Cutler threw a 21-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall, and Robbie Gould kicked two field goals for the Bears. Isaiah Frey intercepted a pass in the end zone with 1:06 to play to preserve the win.

Eli Manning (17 of 21 for 148 yards) threw an 11-yard TD pass to Ramses Barden, Andre Brown scored on a 1-yard run and Lawrence Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal for New York.

Falcons 23, Dolphins 6: Atlanta (1-2) roughed up rookie Ryan Tannehill and Miami (0-3) in Miami.

In his first game as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback, Tannehill went 11 of 27 for 112 yards and one interception.

Four of Tannehill’s passes were dropped, including a potential 4-yard TD throw that Anthony Fasano bobbled in the end zone. Shaky pass protection was also a problem for Tannehill, who was sacked once, forced to run twice and hit several other times.

Chargers 12, Vikings 10: Nick Novak’s 45-yard field goal as time expired gave San Diego (3-0) a victory over Minnesota (1-2) in Minneapolis, after Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder struggled along with the rest of the starting offense.

Nate Kaeding made field goals of 50 and 54 yards for the Chargers. Novak, the token training camp competitor who’ll most likely be cut next week, kicked two of his own.

Sage Rosenfels threw a late touchdown pass to Matt Asiata, who lost one of three Vikings fumbles earlier in the second half.

San Diego lost first-round draft pick Melvin Ingram, a defensive end, with a bruised left thigh.


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