Game notes
The Tampa Tribune, published 17 September 2012

The Buccaneers declared the following seven players inactive: CB Anthony Gaitor, CB E.J. Biggers, RB Michael Smith, LB Najee Goode, T Jeremy Trueblood, G Derek Hardman and DE George Johnson. Trueblood was replaced at right tackle by Demar Dotson, making his third NFL start but his first as part of the starting five on the O-Line.

Connor Barth made both of his field goal attempts on Sunday, hitting from 45 and 52 yards. That runs his streak of consecutive successful field goals, already a Buccaneer team record, to 20. He owns the longest active field goal streak in the entire NFL.

16th-year veteran defensive back Ronde Barber made his first career start at free safety. In the opener, he started as a third cornerback in a nickel package. Barber has now made 201 consecutive starts. Interestingly, Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium marked the 46th different stadium in which Barber has played an NFL game. Barber finished Sunday’s game with four tackles and three passes defensed.

CB Brandon McDonald’s interception in the second quarter was his first since 2009, when he was a starter on the Cleveland Browns’ defense. CB Eric Wright’s 60-yard touchdown return of his interception in the second quarter was his second career pick-six. Interestingly, the other one was also at the Giants’ expense, a 94-yarder during Wright’s 2008 rookie season.

WR Vincent Jackson finished the game with five catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. It was his first 100-yard game as a Buccaneer and the 15th of his NFL career. It was the Buccaneers’ first 100-yard receiving game since TE Kellen Winslow had 132 at Green Bay on Nov. 20, 2011.