Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals

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Game Information
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Arizona
Attendance: 63,999

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Adrian Peterson came to Arizona a few days ago insisting that, at age 32, he still has a lot left to give in the National Football League.

On Sunday, it sure looked that way.

The four-time All-Pro running back rushed for two touchdowns and 134 yards, and the Cardinals held off a furious second-half rally to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-33.

"This is the opportunity I've been waiting for," Peterson said.

The Buccaneers (2-3) lost quarterback Jameis Winston to a right shoulder injury in the second quarter, with the Cardinals (3-3) leading 21-0.

But backup Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns to bring Tampa Bay back from a 31-0, early third-quarter deficit.

Fitzpatrick's 37-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans cut the Arizona lead to 38-32 with 2:02 to play.

Larry Fitzgerald recovered the onside kick and, with no Tampa Bay timeouts remaining, the Cardinals ran out the clock.

"There's no lead big enough in the National Football League," Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. "We shouldn't be biting our nails off to get that onside kick. You have to keep your foot on the gas."

Arizona's offense, and the home crowd, were energized by Peterson's presence.

"That first drive you could feel it with the fans in the stadium," Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said. "You could kind of see it on the defense's face. It was just a great lift for us."

Palmer completed his first 14 passes and finished 18 of 22 for 283 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a score.

Arians called it "a day for the old guys."

Palmer is 37, Fitzgerald 34.

Peterson, acquired in a trade with New Orleans on Tuesday, carried 26 times and scored on a 27-yard run to cap Arizona's first possession. He added a 1-yard TD run after Tramon Williams' interception near the goal line in the fourth quarter.

Peterson gained 47 more yards on Sunday than the 87 he had in four games with the Saints.

"A couple of times he almost ripped my shoulder out of the joint just handing the ball off to him," Palmer said. "He's just so powerful."

Arizona ran for 160 yards after averaging 52 yards rushing through five games, by far the worst in the league. Of course, the Cardinals are without the versatile but injured David Johnson.

Peterson and Fitzgerald are good friends. He's been staying in Fitzgerald's guest house.

"We've seen this movie before," Fitzgerald said of Peterson's performance. "... You give him a little alley, give him a little bit of space and he's going to do the rest."

Peterson had a 45-yard run called back because of an illegal use of hands penalty. On the next play, Fitzgerald fumbled and Lavonte David returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion cut the Arizona lead to 31-20 with 12:56 to play.

Winston was hurt in the first quarter, tried to stay in the game but eventually couldn't.

He said he's had the injury before.

"I'll be back soon," Winston said.

The Cardinals opened the game with touchdown drives of 76, 86 and 95 yards, the first time they've started with three consecutive TDs since 2006, when Kurt Warner was at the controls.

On the game's first play, Peterson gained 8 yards. He followed with runs of 8 and 11 yards, then broke free over the left side for a 27-yard touchdown run.

On the next drive, Palmer threw 29 yards to Fitzgerald and Peterson had an 11-yard run to the Tampa Bay 14 before the Arizona quarterback connected on a 14-yard TD pass to tight end Troy Niklas.

The third touchdown drive was kept alive by an offside penalty against the Buccaneers on third down, Palmer throwing 11 yards to Fitzgerald for a touchdown to put Arizona up 21-0.

The Cardinals led 24-0 at the half.

"I obviously did a horrible job of getting these guys ready to play," Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said, "because that was the worst first half of football I've ever seen."

INJURIES

Buccaneers: Winston left the field early in the second quarter after throwing three consecutive incomplete passes. Koetter said X-rays were negative. An MRI was planned on Monday.

Cardinals: Cornerback Patrick Peterson left with a quadriceps injury in the fourth quarter. Defensive lineman Xavier Williams left with a knee injury in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: Tampa Bay plays at Buffalo next Sunday.

Cardinals: Arizona leaves Monday for London, where it will face the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Buccaneers Cardinals
11:52 Adrian Peterson 27 yd run (Phil Dawson kick) 0 7
05:24 Troy Niklas 14 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Phil Dawson kick) 0 14

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Buccaneers Cardinals
12:04 Larry Fitzgerald 11 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Phil Dawson kick) 0 21
05:31 Phil Dawson 28 yd FG 0 24

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Buccaneers Cardinals
11:58 John Brown 17 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Phil Dawson kick) 0 31
08:27 DeSean Jackson 4 yd pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (failed 2pt Rush) 6 31

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Buccaneers Cardinals
13:32 Cameron Brate 10 yd pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (failed 2pt Pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick) 12 31
12:56 Lavonte David 21 yd opp fumble return (Doug Martin 2pt Rush) 20 31
07:17 Adrian Peterson 1 yd run (Phil Dawson kick) 20 38
03:02 Doug Martin 1 yd run (failed 2pt Pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick) 26 38
02:02 Mike Evans 37 yd pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Patrick Murray kick) 33 38

Team Stats
  Tampa Bay Arizona
1st Downs 21 23
Total Yards 414 432
Passing 346 272
Passing Completions/Attempts 27-42 18-22
Yards/Pass 8.0 11.3
Rushing 68 160
Rushing Attempts 21 35
Yards/Rush 3.2 4.6
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Possession 27:37 32:23

Tampa Bay Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ryan Fitzpatrick 22 32 290 9.1 3 2
Jameis Winston 5 10 61 6.1 0 0

Arizona Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Carson Palmer 18 22 283 12.9 3 1

Tampa Bay Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Doug Martin 14 53 3.8 1 27
Ryan Fitzpatrick 3 10 3.3 0 10
Bernard Reedy 1 4 4.0 0 4
Jacquizz Rodgers 3 1 0.3 0 1

Arizona Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Adrian Peterson 26 134 5.2 2 27
J.J. Nelson 1 16 16.0 0 16
Kerwynn Williams 3 14 4.7 0 11
Carson Palmer 5 -4 -0.8 0 0

Tampa Bay Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Evans 3 95 31.7 1 41
Cameron Brate 6 76 12.7 1 21
Adam Humphries 6 51 8.5 0 27
Charles Sims 4 45 11.2 0 25
DeSean Jackson 3 38 12.7 1 27
O.J. Howard 1 15 15.0 0 15
Doug Martin 1 11 11.0 0 11
Chris Godwin 1 9 9.0 0 9
Jacquizz Rodgers 1 6 6.0 0 6
Luke Stocker 1 5 5.0 0 5

Arizona Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Larry Fitzgerald 10 138 13.8 1 29
John Brown 3 63 21.0 1 31
Jermaine Gresham 2 32 16.0 0 18
Jaron Brown 1 30 30.0 0 30
Troy Niklas 2 20 10.0 1 14
J.J. Nelson 0 0 0.0 0
Andre Ellington 0 0 0.0 0

Tampa Bay Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Brent Grimes 7 1 0 0
Justin Evans 6 1 0 0
Vernon Hargreaves III 5 1 0 0
Chris Baker 4 1 0 0
Kendell Beckwith 4 1 0 0
Chris Conte 3 1 0 0
Lavonte David 3 0 0 0
T.J. Ward 3 0 0 0
Clinton McDonald 2 0 1 6
Gerald McCoy 2 0 1 5
Robert Ayers Jr. 1 0 0 0
William Gholston 1 0 0 0
Robert McClain 1 1 0 0
Noah Spence 1 0 0 0
Mike Evans 0 0 0 0
Isaiah Johnson 0 0 0 0
Cameron Lynch 0 0 0 0
Ali Marpet 0 0 0 0

Arizona Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Deone Bucannon 7 1 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 5 0 0 0
Antoine Bethea 4 1 0 0
Justin Bethel 4 1 0 0
Tyvon Branch 4 2 0 0
Karlos Dansby 4 0 0 0
Chandler Jones 3 0 1 5
Kareem Martin 3 0 0 0
Corey Peters 2 0 0 0
Rodney Gunter 1 0 0 0
Josh Mauro 1 1 0 0
Patrick Peterson 1 0 0 0
Haason Reddick 1 0 0 0
Frostee Rucker 1 0 0 0
Tramon Williams 1 0 0 0
Budda Baker 0 0 0 0
Adrian Peterson 0 0 0 0

Tampa Bay Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Brent Grimes 1 39 0

Arizona Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Antoine Bethea 1 21 0
Tramon Williams 1 0 0

Tampa Bay Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Arizona Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kerwynn Williams 1 28 28.0 0 28
Larry Fitzgerald 0.0

Tampa Bay Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Bernard Reedy 1 10 10.0 0 10

Arizona Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Patrick Peterson 1 0 0.0 0 0

Tampa Bay Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Arizona Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Phil Dawson 1 1 100.0 28

Tampa Bay Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Bryan Anger 4 154 45

Arizona Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Andy Lee 2 93 53