Game notes and anecdotes
The Tampa Tribune, published 9 November 2009

The Buccaneers and Packers have now met 51 times in the regular season with the Packers holding a 29-21-1 edge. Tampa Bay has won eight of the last 12 meetings, including three in a row. The Bucs are 14-12-1 all-time at home against Green Bay, including 7-1 at Raymond James Stadium.

The Bucs have had very good success against all of their former NFC Central foes since the league was realigned in 2002 and Tampa Bay went to the NFC South. Since 2002, Tampa Bay is 13-4 combined against Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota.

CB Elbert Mack’s interception off QB Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter was the first of his two-year NFL career.

LB Geno Hayes’ blocked punt in the second quarter was the first by a Buccaneer since December 14, 2008, when Brian Clark pulled off the feat against Atlanta’s Michael Koenen. Ronde Barber recovered the loose ball and ran it 31 yards for a touchdown, the first time a Buccaneer had run a blocked punt back for a score since Hayes did it himself against Carolina on October 12, 2008. Hayes also blocked the kick that led to that return.

Rookie DE Michael Bennett recorded his first career sack in the third quarter.

QB Josh Freeman threw three touchdown passes in his starting debut, marking the most scoring throws by a Buccaneer rookie in any game in team history.

The Buccaneers won after trailing at one point by 11 points, 28-17. That marks the first time the team has rallied from a deficit of 10 or more points to win since beating Detroit, 38-20, on November 23, 2008.

The Buccaneers declared the following eight players inactive prior to Sunday’s game: WR Yamon Figurs, CB Mike Mickens, FB Chris Pressley, G Shawn Murphy, T James Lee, WR Antonio Bryant, DT Dre Moore and designated third quarterback Byron Leftwich. Bryant was out due to injury.

Injuries: For the Buccaneers, S Will Allen suffered a sprained thumb in the second quarter and did not return. DE Stylez G. White sustained a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter but was able to return.