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NFL: Tampa Bay 38, Seattle 15

  |   Dec. 26, 2010 at 8:13 PM
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Josh Freeman connected for five touchdowns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept their playoff hopes alive Sunday with a 38-15 rout of Seattle.

Freeman piled up 237 yards, completing 21-of-26 pass attempts without an interception. He found Kellen Winslow and Mike Williams for two scoring strikes each as Tampa Bay (9-6) stayed in contention for a post-season berth.

LeGarrette Blount racked up 164 yards on 18 carries for the victors, who will need a win next week at New Orleans and the help of other teams to reach the playoffs.

The loss by Seattle (6-9), meanwhile, means the Seahawks will play the St. Louis Rams next week in a winner-take-all battle for the NFC West title.

Charlie Whitehurt replaced injured starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the second quarter and managed only 66 yards on 11-of-18 passing.

Hasselbeck left with a hip injury after scoring on a 1-yard TD run.

Marshawn Lynch rushed for 53 yards on 14 carries for Seattle.

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