TAMPA, Fla. – Joey Galloway and Michael Pittman caught touchdown passes and the Bucs defense stopped a march deep in their territory to hang on for a 17-13 victory.

Galloway scored on an 80-yard reception and Brian Griese also threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Pittman, Williams’ backup.

The Lions had trouble moving the ball on offense all day, but Joey Harrington led a drive from his own 7 to the Tampa Bay 11 in the last five minutes.

Detroit (1-2) thought it would escape with a victory when Harrington found Marcus Pollard in the right corner of the end zone, but the tight end’s sliding catch was reversed by instant replay.

Harrington found Mike Williams on the opposite side of the end zone on the next play, but the rookie came down out of bounds. The fourth-year quarterback had one more chance but overthrew Charles Rogers on the last play of the game.

Williams, the first player in NFL history to begin his career with three consecutive 100-yard days rushing, was held to 13 yards on 11 carries. He left the game late in the third quarter and did not return. He also has been slowed by a sprained foot.

But in slowing down the league’s leading rusher, the Lions left themselves vulnerable to Galloway and Pittman.

Griese threw for 302 yards and made up for three turnovers that set up all of Detroit’s points with his TD throws to Pittman and Galloway, who had seven receptions for a career-high 166 yards.

Detroit turned Griese’s first-quarter fumble into a 44-yard Jason Hanson field goal and linebacker Teddy Lehman returned an interception 17 yards to the Bucs’ 8. That set up Kevin Jones’s 8-yard TD run that put the Lions ahead 10-3.

Pittman’s TD made it 10-10 at the half, and Griese hit Galloway on slant pattern early in the third quarter to put the Bucs ahead for good. Terrence Holt returned Detroit’s third interception of Griese 51 yards to the Tampa Bay 23, setting up a 23-yard field goal that trimmed the Lions’ deficit to 17-13 midway through the fourth.

Harrington was 15-of-27 for 137 yards and no interceptions.

Griese finished 22-of-39 and was sacked three times, including to throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble.

AP-ES-10-02-05 1639EDT


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.