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Martin makes sure Raiders' rally is not enough

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin gets to the one yard line while Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch tackles him during the fourth quarter on Sunday, November 4, 2012. Martin scored on the next play to secure the win for the Buccaneers.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND — Adrian Peterson ... Walter Payton ... O.J. Simpson ... Doug Martin?

Yep, thanks to the Raiders defense, the Buccaneers rookie now stands aside some of the greatest running backs to play in the NFL, at least in terms of single-game production.

Martin, who grew up in Oakland and graduated from St. Mary's College High before playing at Boise State, ran for 251 yards in Tampa Bay's 42-32 victory on Sunday, tying Mike Anderson for the 10th-best performance in league history.

It was the most ever by a Buccaneer, the most ever in Oakland, and most in the NFL this season.

"He broke a lot of tackles today," Raiders defensive end Dave Tollefson said. " ... We really didn't do a good job of getting him down. Seems like he got through that first wave. And we were hitting him. This time of year, obviously you can't tackle at practice. But it's something we need to work on."


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