Thursday 22 March 2018 / 11:12 AM

Tampa Bay nabs first win over Steelers

Mike Glennon’s happy:

Just nine days after being humiliated 56-14 in Atlanta, Tampa Bay pulled out their first win in the unlikeliest of locations, upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field after coming back from seven down in the fourth quarter.

The game-winner came on a Mike Glennon to Vincent Jackson 5-yard touchdown grab with just seven seconds left on the clock.

Tampa Bay’s previous drive had stalled in Steelers territory and they were forced to turn the ball over on downs, but the Bucs’ defense held tough and, thanks to a crappy 29-yard punt by Brad Wing, Glennon and company got the ball back right around mid-field with just under a minute to go.

As a side note, Wing is the ninth Aussie to ever play in the NFL, having acquired a taste for American football during an exchange program to the States for his senior year of high school.

He’ll need to avoid flubbing big-time kicks in crunch situations if he wants to stay in a Steelers uniform.

The key play on the go-ahead drive was a 14-yard catch and run by Louis Murphy, a sixth-year pro that was literally signed off the street earlier in the week.

The win is the first in Tampa for new Head Coach Lovie Smith and he’s hoping that this is the start of things to come.

“We made so many mistakes out there, but we found a way to win,” Smith said.

“That was a hurdle we needed to get over.”

While Smith made waves by bringing along veteran Josh McCown to be his guy in Tampa Bay after the previous coaching staff had expressed their trust in the second-year man, Glennon … perhaps this is just the kind of performance the young QB needed to prove to his coach that he might just be the Bucs’ long-term solution under center.

It will be interesting to see how many more times the Buccaneers will be “Firing the Cannons” in 2014. Next up is their third straight road game @New Orleans. The Saints have started off the 2014 campaign with their feet in the mud, but it’s always tough to beat Brees at the Super Dome.

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