Jameis Winston’s Tampa Buccaneers missed a late chance to steal a win over the New England Patriots on Thursday night in a 19-14 game.
On the last drive, Winston threw for 71 yards to get his team on the New England 19 yard line with seconds left and no timeouts available. He spiked the ball off the snap to stop the clock with just three seconds remaining, meaning it was last chance saloon for the Bucs.
He aimed deep into the end zone with a bullet pass but it fell incomplete and New England picked up their third win of the regular season.
Winston had a good game, racking up 334 passing yards from 26 completed attempts to make it three consecutive games with 300+ yards.
Running back Doug Martin grabbed a touchdown on his return to the Tampa Bay side following a period in rehab. He was denied a touchdown on review as his knee was down outside the end zone but he dived over the line of scrimmage on the following play to put six on the board for the home team.
In total, Martin rushed for 74 yards from 13 attempts. The best receiver for the Bucs was Desean Jackson who recorded 106 yards from five receptions.
Nick Folk will want to forget the game all together after a nightmare showing where he missed three field goal attempts. Retrospectively, speaking they could have won the game with two of those converted.
Justin Evans picked a deep Tom Brady pass on the first drive of the play to give Tampa the ball early and halt New England’s offence.
Brady threw for 303 yards from 30 completed passing attempts during the game. He fumbled the ball once from a perfectly timed Tampa Bay blitz where Adarius Glanton sacked the QB and Will Clarke dived on the fumble.
Brandin Cooks received the football five times for 85 yards with Danny Amendola racking up 77 yards from eight receptions.
In complete contrast from Folk, Stephen Gostkowski kicked four-for-four on field goals, putting 13 points on the board with his one extra point.
All in all a decent showing from the Bucs, while the Patriots win without blowing anybody away – but questions remain about the Patriots defence and Tampa Bay’s kicker.