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Bucs are 4 2 for 7 in the first quarter.
Bears lead, 28-14.
Bears are in position to win at least one of their first four games, but that’s a tall order, and the Bucs were playing a game that was too close to call.
It was the third consecutive loss in which the Bears had to settle for a tie or go to overtime.
The Bucs were leading 16-10 with 10:08 left in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jake Locker threw an interception in the end zone.
Locker was sacked three times and threw an incomplete pass.
The Bears had already trailed 16-0 when Locker’s interception ended the drive.
Afterward, Locker said he didn’t want to think about it.
“I didn’t think it was the best throw,” he said.
“There were so many guys in there that I wanted to make sure I got it, and I didn’t.”
The Bears led 17-14 when Lockser completed two passes for 16 yards, but they could not get past Ryan Switzer’s interception.
After that, the Bears were 1-for-11 on third downs and 0-for.
They were outscored by the Bucs 29-13 in the second half.
Bucs rookie quarterback Austin Hooper had two touchdown passes for 26 yards.
“We just kept trying to get a couple more plays,” said Hooper, who completed 18 of 27 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
The first interception came when linebacker Mike Hull was sacked by Bucs safety Michael Mitchell.
The second came after linebacker Kyle Van Noy intercepted Locker.
“You can’t do that,” Hooper said.
Bucs left guard Mike Matthews also had two interceptions.
“That’s why we play football,” Matthews said.
The Buccaneers also gave up an offensive touchdown in the third quarter on a blocked field goal.
It came after Locker had thrown a 24-yard pass to tight end Michael Roberts on third-and-goal from the Tampa 1.
After Roberts’ catch, the Bucs tried to move the ball on the Bucs’ 16-yard line, but Roberts was tackled on the play.
“Our defense was outplayed,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said.
Locksers fumble on third down, returned for 1 yard to the Bears 21-yard-line.
After the fumble, Hooper took over and threw a pass to Roberts for the score.
“Just a little bit of luck, a little little bit,” Hopper said.
After his interception, Lockserman threw a touchdown pass to Ryan Swobinson, who had been sacked on the opening drive by Mitchell.
After Swobione had been hit by Roberts, Swobison threw an 8-yard touchdown pass that made it 20-0 with 1:05 left.
LOCKING AND DOWNS The Bears, the NFL’s worst team this season, have won just four straight games against the Buccaneers and have lost nine of their last 10 meetings.
In a season in which both teams were struggling to score points, this was a game in which either team was going to have trouble scoring.
It would be their first meeting in the NFL since 2008, when the Bears won 27-24 in Tampa Bay.
Bucs wide receiver Marqise Lee scored on a 19-yard reception.
Loover hit Locksermans second touchdown pass of the night with 11:55 left in regulation.
The two quarterbacks were both under pressure on third and long when Lunser intercepted Roberts at the Buccaneers’ 5-yard Line.
“It was a very good play to pick the ball up, and it was a good decision for me to throw it to him,” Locksberger said.
When Roberts hit the ground, Lunserman threw his pass to Swobins in the left corner of the endzone for the Bears touchdown.
Bucs quarterback Ryan Swuberson caught it and ran for two yards.
Tampa Bay was trailing 31