Coming out of halftime, the Eagles looked to bounce back from a rough second quarter that saw them outscored 21-7. Instead, the Buccaneers owned the majority of the third quarter in terms of time of possession and extended their lead to 35-14.
The Buccaneers elected to kick off to the Eagles to start the game, meaning they began the third quarter with the ball and a 14-point lead. On the opening drive of the second half, Tampa Bay drove 80 yards in 15 plays, using up nearly 10 minutes of game clock in the process.
The Eagles' defense forced the Bucs into four third down situations on the drive, including two 3rd-and-longs, but they couldn't get a stop, eventually giving up an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winstron to tight end Cameron Brate. The scoring drive extended Tampa Bay's lead to 35-14 and gave the rookie signal-caller his fifth touchdown strike of the day.
On the day, the Bucs are 10-for-13 on third down. The Eagles, on the other hand, have struggled on third down, converting on just three of their nine opportunities.
Philadelphia only had possession of the football for about three minutes in the third quarter, driving from their own 20 out to midfield before punting away after two straight incompletions 10 yards shy of the sticks.
Tampa Bay has possession of the ball going into the fourth with a three-touchdown lead.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travled to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in their pre-Thanksgiving matchup. View the full gallery here...