Bucs fail on trick play, with Leonard Fournette throwing interception
Leonard Fournette hadn't had much success running the football this season prior to Sunday. His career as a passer isn't going so well, either.

Fournette attempted a pass to Tom Brady in the third quarter but was intercepted by Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen after the Bucs quarterback, who had been lined up wide to the left, slipped and fell while coming back to the ball.

The Bucs lined up in the same formation five plays earlier, when Fournette took the direct shotgun snap and decided to run the football, gaining 2 yards around right end.

"I was hoping to be wide open, and I probably was on the first one, and I think they were pretty clued in on the second one," Brady said. "They said ‘Cover him! Cover him!' and I was on the sideline and tried to yell, ‘Lenny, no!'

"But it was too late, and the ball went up in the air and I was trying to just, whatever, jump up and knock it down. But I ended up falling on my face."

Fournette was more effective on the ground, carrying 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown, part of a 161-yard Bucs rushing effort.

Brady, meanwhile, continues to look for the first receiving touchdown of his 23-year career. "I wasn't very close (Sunday)," he said. "Unfortunately, that cornerback is a former college receiver who jumps a lot higher than me and is much more athletic."

Head coach Todd Bowles defended the call after the game. "Had (Brady) not slipped, you would've seen his 42-inch vertical," Bowles said, laughing.

Rick Stroud, The Tampa Bay Times, published 14 November 2022