Buccaneers struggle to protect leads

Buccaneers struggle to protect leads
December 10, 2012, 8:33 pm
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, right, consols Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano after the Eagles defeated the Buccaneers 23-21 during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The fading Tampa Bay Buccaneers talk about needing to make more plays.

Coach Greg Schiano just wants them to concentrate on doing their jobs.

The coach rejected the notion Monday that the Bucs (6-7) failed to protect a fourth-quarter lead for the fourth time this season because they did not make enough plays down the stretch of a last-second 23-21 loss to rookie quarterback Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Yes, Tampa Bay failed to make a potential game-saving interception, and Foles extended the winning drive with a pair of fourth-down conversions.

But Schiano said there were also other factors that contributed to a defeat that dealt a blow to Tampa Bay's chances of making the playoffs.

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