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NFL: Tampa Bay 30, New England 28

Aug. 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM   |   Comments

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Rookie safety Mark Barron's interception of a Tom Brady pass and his 22-yard return for a touchdown Friday highlighted Tampa Bay's 30-28 win over New England.

The Buccaneers built a 23-7 lead early in the second half and fought off a Patriots' comeback bid while improving to 2-1 in the exhibition campaign.

Josh Freeman threw for 102 yards and Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin ran for a score. Both Martin and Barron were taken in the first round by the Buccaneers.

Freeman completed 10-of-19 passes and Martin picked up 53 yards on 13 carries. Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky threw an 8-yard touchdown pass in the fourth period.

Brady played into the third quarter, during which he drove New England 84 yards in eight plays and hit Rob Gronkowski with a 16-yard scoring pass.

The New England quarterback finished 13-of-20 for 127 yards. Backup Ryan Mallett threw for two touchdowns in the fourth period.

The Patriots are 1-2 in the pre-season.

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