TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Best Game: Oddly, a 27-24 overtime loss at Seattle on Nov. 3, a game that dropped them to 0-8 and in which the Bucs blew a 21-0 lead. Played well enough early against team with NFC's best record that it instilled confidence that brighter days were ahead — then won four of next five games.
Worst Game: An embarrassing nationally televised 31-13 Thursday night loss at home to the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 24. Offense didn't get into the end zone until the closing minutes, and the putrid performance against a division rival raised conjecture about whether embattled coach Greg Schiano would hold his job through the end of the season.
Best Play: Linebacker Mason Foster's fourth-quarter interception and entertaining 85-yard return for a touchdown against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in Week 2. The Bucs took a short-lived 14-13 lead only to lose on a last-second field goal.
Worst Play: Linebacker Lavonte David set the tone for a long year with a late hit on Jets quarterback Geno Smith with time running out in the season opener. The 15-yard penalty moved New York to win 18-17 on a long, last-second field goal.