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A late interception gave the Packers' Mason Crosby a shot at a late 29-yard field goal -- but he missed.
The Buccaneers gave the Packers one of their toughest games of the year despite a rough start.
Tampa Bay's defense started off by backing the Packers up near their own end zone where Green Bay faced third-and-16 on its own 6. Two Tampa Bay players were penalized for neutral zone infractions, but the Bucs still stopped the Packers short on third down.
Then the Buccaneers got a big rush up the middle on punter Tim Masthay, who fumbled the ball, picked it back up and ran for a first down -- then coughed the ball up again, but got lucky when it bounced out of bounds.
Rodgers made the most of the Packers' big break, driving Green Bay to the Tampa Bay 12-yard line, where he scrambled to convert a third down. Rodgers kept the ball again on the next play and took a big hit on the shoulder from Ronde Barber, stopping him short of the goal line.
Rodgers then handed the ball to big defensive lineman B.J. Raji, who plunged one yard for a touchdown.
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