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Martin, Buccaneers race past Vikings

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) breaks a tackle by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion (98) during a 64-yard touchdown reception in the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) breaks a tackle by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion (98) during a 64-yard touchdown reception in the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig, left, celebrates with teammate Doug Martin after catching a one-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig, left, celebrates with teammate Doug Martin after catching a one-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig, left, celebrates with teammate Doug Martin after catching a one-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig, left, celebrates with teammate Doug Martin after catching a one-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, right, catches an 18-yard touchdown pass ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, right, catches an 18-yard touchdown pass ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, reacts in front of teammates Jerome Felton, left, and Brandon Fusco, right, after losing a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, reacts in front of teammates Jerome Felton, left, and Brandon Fusco, right, after losing a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, reacts in front of teammates Jerome Felton, left, and Brandon Fusco, right, after losing a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, reacts in front of teammates Jerome Felton, left, and Brandon Fusco, right, after losing a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, left, runs from Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, left, runs from Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, left, runs from Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, left, runs from Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, left, throws a pass over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, left, throws a pass over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, left, throws a pass over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, left, throws a pass over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth looks on after kicking a 28-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth looks on after kicking a 28-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth looks on after kicking a 28-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth looks on after kicking a 28-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, right, catches an 18-yard touchdown pass ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, right, catches an 18-yard touchdown pass ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs from Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs from Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs from Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs from Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) breaks a tackle by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion (98) during a 64-yard touchdown reception in the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig, left, celebrates with teammate Doug Martin after catching a one-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig, left, celebrates with teammate Doug Martin after catching a one-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, right, catches an 18-yard touchdown pass ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, reacts in front of teammates Jerome Felton, left, and Brandon Fusco, right, after losing a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, reacts in front of teammates Jerome Felton, left, and Brandon Fusco, right, after losing a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, left, runs from Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, left, runs from Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, left, throws a pass over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, left, throws a pass over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth looks on after kicking a 28-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth looks on after kicking a 28-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, right, catches an 18-yard touchdown pass ahead of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs from Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs from Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Martin took a screen pass 64 yards for a score, one of three Josh Freeman’s three touchdown passes, to give Tampa Bay a 27-10 lead 1:21 into the second half.

Then Martin, the first-round draft pick from Boise State, capped a drive of more than 9 minutes with a 1-yard muscle into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter to crush the comeback opportunity for Minnesota.

Adrian Peterson had a season-long 64-yard run for a score that brought the Vikings (5-3) to 30-17, but his lost fumble in Minnesota territory in the second quarter led directly to a touchdown by the Buccaneers (3-4).

The Bucs, who became just the second visiting team to win on a Thursday night this season, revived their struggling pass rush with three sacks and flustered Christian Ponder with a heavy dose of blitzes. Ponder was 19 for 35 for 251 yards, one touchdown and a late interception at the end of a desperation drive.

With a 13-point lead, just trying to keep that clock running as quickly as possible, the Bucs could’ve gone conservative, but they refused to settle for a punt. Starting at their own 13 with 1:12 left in the third quarter, they plowed their way up the field — Freeman completed four third-and-long passes — and finished off the game with Martin’s third-and-goal TD run with 7:03 left.

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