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Buccaneers 20, Seahawks 10

October 20, 2008|From the Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jeff Garcia was a Pro Bowl quarterback last season. He played like one again Sunday night.

Garcia completed 26 of 37 passes for 310 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bryant on Tampa Bay's opening drive, and the Buccaneers beat the struggling Seattle Seahawks, 20-10.

Making his second consecutive start in place of Brian Griese, Garcia helped the NFC South's co-leading Buccaneers (5-2) to improve to 4-0 at home.

Garcia clearly outplayed fellow backup-turned-starter Seneca Wallace, the Seahawks' third quarterback in three weeks.

But Wallace never got rolling. He finished 12 of 23 for 73 yards, with a two-yard touchdown pass to John Carlson with 1:55 left, and had two turnovers in the second quarter. Maurice Morris ran for 56 yards for Seattle (1-5) in its third straight loss.

Quoteworthy: "His mobility was a factor tonight, and he created a lot of opportunities running and throwing for a lot of people." -- Jon Gruden, Buccaneers coach, on Jeff Garcia

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