Tampa Bay Sports Day

BUCS: Tampa Bay Falls to Green Bay in OT, 26-20

GREEN BAY – The Packers’ playoff hopes stayed alive as Aaron Jones rushed for a 20-yard touchdown with 5:59 remaining in overtime as the Packers posted a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

“Most of the time,” Jones said, “people just run behind their offensive linemen and push for what they can, but I saw how they all crashed in. I noticed the open lane, and I just took it.

On the game’s opening possession, the Buccaneers drove 75 yards in 10 plays, taking up 5:08. The drive ended when QB Jameis Winston connected with TE Cam Brate on a 28-yard touchdown pass. Winston and Brate connected on another touchdown in the fourth quarter, when Winston threw an 11-yard score with 6:06 remaining in the game. Brate now has six touchdown catches this season and 17 in his career.

Brate has 14 receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons, tied for the most by any tight end in the NFL during that span.

Winston finished the game going 21-of-32 for 270 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, for a 112.8 passer rating, his 12th career game with a passer rating over 100 and his third this season. Winston now has 62 career passing touchdowns, passing Steve DeBerg for the sixth-most in franchise history.

Tampa Bay added three more points on a 36-yard field goal from K Patrick Murray with 17 seconds remaining in the first half. Murray’s field goal finished off a 12-play, 52-yard drive that lasted 4:04. Murray added a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, capping off an 11-play, 68-yard drive that lasted 5:21.
 
This season, Murray has made 14-of-16 field goal attempts, an 87.5 success rate, the second-highest single-season mark in team history. In his Buccaneers career, Murray has made 85.0 percent of his field goal attempts, the highest percentage of any kicker with at least 30 attempts. 
 
Defensively, the Buccaneers got the game’s first takeaway in the second quarter when S Justin Evans intercepted a pass from Packers QB Brett Hundley at the Tampa Bay 37-yard line, returning the interception 29 yards, to the Green Bay 34-yard line. Evans now has three interceptions this season, which leads the team and ranks tied for fourth among Buccaneers rookies all-time.
 
Over the past two seasons, Tampa Bay’s defense has been one of the best in the NFL at taking the ball away, ranking second in the NFL in takeaways, while leading the league in both forced fumbles and fumble recoveries, and ranking fourth in interceptions.
 
On the opening possession of the second half, Green Bay was facing third-and-four at their own 44-yard line when Buccaneers DE Will Clarke sacked Packers QB Brett Hundley to bring up fourth down.  Clarke added another sack later in the third quarter, again bringing down Hundley on third down, dropping the Packers QB for a seven-yard loss on third-and-five at the Green Bay four-yard line. This is Clarke’s fist career multi-sack game. Clarke now has 3.0 sacks this season and 7.5 in his career.

Tampa Bay fell to 4-8 despite outgaining the Packers 395-276. It was total domination in regulation with a 395-204 edge and 29 more snaps. 

“The scoreboard is what the scoreboard is,” Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said. 
 
BUCS NOTES: Peyton Barber got his first career start in today’s game. He finished the game with 143 yards of offense (102 rushing, 41 receiving). He is the first Buccaneers player with a 100-yard rushing game this season (Jacquizz Rodgers, 154 yards at San Francisco, 10/23/16). He is the first player to lead the Buccaneers in rushing and receiving in the same game since 2012 (Doug Martin, at Minnesota, 10/25/12)….Mike Evans had two catches for 33 yards in today’s game. He now has 4,313 career receiving yards, passing Jimmie Giles for the fourth-most in franchise history… Bobo Wilson made his NFL debut in today’s game.