While the offense sputtered Sunday, Jake Plummer and company did just enough thanks to a strong defensive effort in beating the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-13. Plummer threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Hape and Jason Elam kicked three field goals, the last of which snapped a 13-13 tie midway through the fourth quarter. The defense limited Tampa Bay to just one touchdown on a play in which former Bucs safety John Lynch failed to knock down receiver Michael Clayton, who was getting up off the ground. "It's a shame. Ultimately the responsibility lays on me. I've got to tackle him," said Lynch, who had an emotional return to Tampa Bay. "There's a new league emphasis. If they're laying down and you hit them, you're going to get 15 yards. I tried to do the right thing for the first time in my career and keep (the NFL) out of my pocket, and I get burned."
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