We have what’s been a rare event in the NFC South this year. Two division teams won on the same day.
As we’ve been doing all season, we’ll take a look at the statistical superlatives when an NFC South team wins. Let’s start with the Buccaneers and we’ll come back with the Falcons later. This one is courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information and the Bucs’ media relations department:
Tampa Bay defensive back Ronde Barber made history Sunday when he intercepted a pass and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown. Barber now is the first player in NFL history with at least eight interceptions returned for touchdowns, four fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns and a punt return for a touchdown. Barber’s eight career interceptions returned for touchdowns tie him for No. 7 in NFL history.
Barber is now tied with Derrick Brooks for the franchise lead in career starts with 221. Barber also pushed his league-best consecutive starts to 204.
Since the start of the 2000 season, the Bucs rank No. 3 in the NFL in defensive touchdowns with 41. Only Baltimore (44) and Green Bay (42) have more.
The Bucs have opened the offense up for quarterback Josh Freeman. Two of his three touchdown passes were thrown at least 15 yards downfield. That gives him three such throws this season, compared to three in the entire 2011 season. Freeman’s completion percentage on throws of 15 or more yards (55.6) this year is better than on what he’s done on throws of fewer than 15 yards (55 percent).
Freeman had the fourth 300-yard passing game of his career. His 12.62 yards per pass attempt also ranked No. 3 in franchise history.
Mike Williams finished with four receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. It marked the second straight game Williams has had at least 100 receiving yards. He’s the first Tampa Bay receiver to have back-to-back 100-yard games since Antonio Bryant in 2008.
Williams had a 62-yard reception and so did Tiquan Underwood. That marked the first time since 1998 that two Tampa Bay receivers each had receptions of 60 yards or more.
Tampa Bay held the Chiefs to 80 rushing yards on 30 carries. Kansas City came into the game averaging 180.8 rushing yards a game, which ranked No. 2 in the NFL.
The margin of victory was Tampa Bay’s best since winning by 34 points on Dec. 16, 2007, against Atlanta.
Tampa Bay had 463 yards of total offense. That’s the third-best total for a home game in franchise history.