Anytime you play the defending world champions, you know you’re going to have a game of emotion — the little things will just mean more.
The visiting Eagles won the toss and elected to defer their possession to the second half, which meant the Bucs were going to start on offense first.
That was a mistake.
On the very first play of the game, Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a bomb pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown. That was the longest opening play in Buccaneers’ franchise history.
That got Raymond James Stadium on its feet, but it also got the Buccaneers defense pumped up, as well. On the Eagles first series of the game, they went three-and-out thanks to an energized Bucs defense that was playing at home for the first time this year.
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