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Final: Patriots 31, Buccaneers 14

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  August 18, 2011 07:19 PM

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FINAL: Patriots 31, Buccaneers 14:

4th quarter, 1:20: Patriots 31, Buccaneers 14: Scary moment for the Patriots in the fourth quarter as Danny Woodhead is hit hard by Devin Holland after a punt. Woodhead was seen smiling on the bench after taking a moment to regain his balance.

3rd quarter, 3:17: Patriots 31, Buccaneers 7: Mallett recovered after a rough start to carry the Patriots down the field for Gostkowski's 44-yard field goal. 7 plays, 31 yards.

3rd quarter, 6:53: Patriots 28, Buccaneers 7: Things getting sloppy here. Ridley fumbled and the Buccaneers recovered. In the midst of the Buccaneer's drive Arrington grabbed an interception to get the ball back.

3rd quarter, 11:56: Patriots 28, Buccaneers 7: Ryan Mallett enters the game and then throws an interception on a floater that landed in the hands of Elbert Mack. Mack returned it 69 yards for the TD.

Halftime: Patriots 28, Buccaneers 0: The Buccaneers missed a 47-yard field goal to end the half. The Patriots had an impressive first half as LB Jerod Mayo had two sacks. Andre Carter also applied quite a bit of pressure.

Offensively, Brady played most of the first half, completing 11 of 19 passes for 118 yards and two TDs. Patriots also have 117 rushing yards.

2nd quarter, 0:41:Patriots 28, Buccaneers 0: The Patriots announce LB Dane Fletcher has a thumb injury and will not return.

2nd quarter, 2:12: Patriots 28, Buccaneers 0: The Patriots defense smells fresh meat. Mayo and crew have been smacking the TB QBs around all night.

2nd quarter, 5:51: Patriots 28, Buccaneers 0: Another TD for the Patriots as Green-Ellis runs in for 1-yard touchdown. Patriots drive 60 yards on nine plays.

2nd quarter, 10:04: Patriots 21, Buccaneers 0: Bret Locket is carted off the field after an apparent groin injury during while on punt coverage.

1st quarter, 0:06: Patriots 21, Buccaneers 0: Another possession and another TD for the Patriots. BenJarvus Green-Ellis forces his way into the end zone on a 1-yard run. He picked up 16 yards on the previous play behind a nice block from rookie tight end Will Yeatman. Scoring drive: 53 yards, 7 plays. Gostkowski converts the PAT.

On the drive, Belichick switched things up by suddenly putting Hoyer in the game. But Brady returned to finish the drive.

1st quarter, 6:49: Patriots 14, Buccaneers 0: Brady connects with Chad Ochocinco for the receivers first TD of the preseason. Earlier in the drive, Ochocinco got smashed by Mason Foster on a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Scoring drive: 61 yards, 8 plays, 3:15

1st quarter, 11:45 Patriots 7, Buccaneers 0: Brady sends 16-yard pass to Hernandez in the end zone. Brady, Ochocinco and Welker all start. Rookie Nate Solder also is in alongside Mankins.

Patriots drive 64 yards on five plays in 2 minutes, 08 seconds.

We're minutes away from kickoff here at Raymond James Stadium for the Patriots' second preseason game. We'll be posting updates here throughout the game.

If you would like instant analysis, follow @GlobePatsLive for NFL reporter Greg Bedard's observations.

Patriots starters are expected to play a decent amount tonight, which would mean the debut of Tom Brady and Chad Ochocinco. Also, Matt Light hasn't been seen in uniform, which means a good bit of time for first-round pick Nate Solder.

Albert Haynesworth also is not in uniform, which isn't a surprise as he has not practiced since the first week.

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