Halloween has come and gone but the Bucs gave fans a scare of their own on Monday night, trailing the Giants into the fourth quarter before re-taking the lead and narrowly escaping with a  29-17 prime time win.

After taking a 3-0 lead on their first drive of the game, Ronald Jones II would allow the Giants to take over at the Tampa Bay 12-yard line on their next offensive drive after fumbling on a second down reception. The Giants would score on a touchdown reception to Dion Lewis, giving them a 7-3 lead, and add on to their lead with 1:50 remaining in the first half as a 10-play, 77-yard drive from New York culminated in a 2-yard touchdown run from Wayne Gallman. Brady would lead Tampa Bay down the field before halftime but the Bucs would settle for a field goal and head into the locker room trailing 14-6. The Giants were unable hold on for a win though, scoring 8 points in the last two quarters while Tampa Bay capitalized on two interceptions from Jones to build a 25-17 lead with less than four minutes remaining. Jones would lead the Giants into the Bucs’ red zone, converting on two separate fourth downs before finding Golden Tate in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown that brought New York within just two. On the Giants’ two-point conversion attempt the hero would be rookie Antoine Winfield Jr., breaking up Jones’ final pass attempt to seal the lead for Tampa Bay.

The Bucs’ win moves Tampa Bay back into first place in the NFC South at 6-2 as they prepare for a massive Sunday Night Football match-up against the Saints in Week 9. New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over Tampa Bay as they enter their second and final regular season meeting next week.

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Pete Wood
11 months ago

A truly ugly game.
Winston and Matt Gay would have lost that game. Hell, they may have gotten shut out.
Going for two instead of the sure thing extra point almost came back to haunt them. Not a good idea.

Bucs win next week. Count on it.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Pete Wood
11 months ago

I wouldn’t call it ugly at all. It was a very hard fought game that came down to the last play. It was actually a very entertaining game, though as Bucs fans we’d always prefer to see massive beat downs, and had gotten use to it in the previous two games, they’re not always going to be that way. Ugly games are those where we have lots of turnovers and/or lots of penalties. That was not the case last night. This was a game where we played a very good defense – despite their 1-6 record coming into the game,… Read more »

Ron Potter
11 months ago

I’ll take the W, but jeez! Hard to enjoy this win. I can only hope that we do well and Byron gets a HC job somewhere else next year and not here.

tpeluso
11 months ago

We almost got caught looking ahead, just as I feared, because it’s the Giants and we can never do the thing clean against them for some godforsaken reason. Hopefully this will snap things back into focus for us to play our A game against the Saints next week.

PissedOffBuc1988
11 months ago

A win is a win. Also historically, tampa has struggled with the giants. Happy to see that Brady affects that bad mojo in a positive way. This is the NFL and regardless of your record, any team can beat any team. We are 6-2 in how long? Was ugly, but that’s the nfl sometimes.

Spitfire
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
11 months ago

100%… We had an extremely off night and still pulled it off. It’s a long season and not every game can be lights out record setting performances. Game plan was totally off on both sides of the ball. It’s another learning lesson game that we managed to win, Bears have had an entire season like that! We take the win, get Brown caught up for Sun, get Godwin back as soon as we can, study what they did wrong and we are still ready to get revenge on the Saints.

Michael76
11 months ago

Totally out coached… Giants have one redeeming quality… good DTs, and a ILB that plays the run well

Our game plan is to run into their strengths? Then showcase a WR which won’t be on the team in 2 weeks?

And while I have nothing but respect for Bowles … WTF happen today?

Are we attempting to hide what we will game plan against the saints?

tpeluso
Reply to  Michael76
11 months ago

Mickens isn’t going anywhere. He may not get featured in the passing game once Brown comes in and Godwin gets healthy, but he’s the KR/PR and he’s shown zero sign of losing his grip on that job.

FLNative
Reply to  Michael76
11 months ago

Speaking of ILBs, Martinez looked like the best linebacker in this game because he was everywhere. I was expecting David and White to show themselves to the rest of the country but they were a but disappointing. I’ll take the win, because that is what good teams do when they don’t have their A game.

Randy H.
11 months ago

Wow, that was tight!! I wish it had ended up 29-17 like it says in the first paragraph, then my butt cheeks wouldn’t have been so puckered on the two point conversion attempt. Was it only me who thought that Jones makes the same mistakes that Winston did? When they would talk about his errors, it would sound exactly what they used to say about Winston. Glad those days are behind us!!!

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Randy H.
11 months ago

Yes a truly ugly game, but even with all the faults, we still won! Two tough back to back road games. Going across country to Las Vegas, then up to new York for a Monday night game. One we won convincingly, the other wasn’t quite as pretty, but in order to be the best, you have to win ugly. The giants are 1-6 and still in play with the NFC east so it’s not like they had nothing to play for. they have been in every game they have played this year and I give them credit for going all… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
11 months ago

Not ugly at all. Hard fought.

We didn’t commit a lot of penalties or turnovers, which is what an ugly game is. This was just a very hard fought game. And the Bucs did what was necessary to win.

Spitfire
Reply to  Randy H.
11 months ago

That’s exactly what I said when he threw that INT while getting sacked. Can’t tell you how many times I saw Winston make that same mistake. There are times I wish Brady would squeeze in a throw and doesn’t but his mantra has always been live to play another drive and it will almost always end up better than not. This win may feel a little gross but as hard as it seemed for the Offense to move, we scored on 5 out of our last 6 drives so that isn’t terrible. The Refs spot Fournette’s 2nd down run correctly… Read more »

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Spitfire
11 months ago

Exactly. Tampa got screwed against Chicago when they missed a false start on the bears but called encroachment on Barrett as well as a roughing the passer call that they again called on barret that was really bad too. That play was bang bang against winfield jr. Maybe if Daniel jones makes a better throw it’s PI but alas, the throw sucked. Also, I’m not a fan of the Monday night crew. They rode the Giants hard all night.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
11 months ago

And the final drive wasn’t as impressive as everyone made it out to be. Tampa could have picked off jones 2-3 times but dropped the ball. Sure he made some throws, but like both of you said, jones seems to be a carbon copy of Winston where he makes miraculous plays but also bonehead ones.

twspin
11 months ago

Great article title because that’s what we did..ESCAPE. Defense looked real sluggish the 1st half and our O line was getting beatdown quite a bit. But we will take it anyway we can get it. Play like this against them saints and we lose. Like’em or not, they are finding ways to win close games. Bucs are gonna have to bring it next Sunday night.

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
Reply to  twspin
11 months ago

Agree on the article title. That was my reaction as well. Winfield made a play when it counted but the defense was awful – Dean and Davis were lucky not to be burned for long TDs. It seems like this team struggles with WRs / TEs who have speed. This portends bad things against a bad Falcons team with Jones and Ridley, and against KC with Hill, Hardman and Kelce. Donovan Smith allowed those two sacks and continues to be a serviceable LT at best.

Pete Wood
11 months ago

Taylor, great headline. My favorite of all time. Snake Plissken would approve.

PatrioticChief
11 months ago

1) Good teams win trap games. As abysmal as that was to watch an ugly W matters a hell of a lot more than a pretty loss. This team has shown some growth from Chicago. 2) TyJo is the unsung hero. Winfield whiffed on a game ending tackle but redeemed himself on the final play. 3) Jameis loses this game. Brady is GOAT . 4) Gronk and Evans combined would created the scariest Godzilla hybrid ever. 5) Hate it all you want but I was gunning for Bucs to trade for King and we will regret not doing it. 6)… Read more »

EastEndBoy
11 months ago

Ughhh – we have got to find a solution in the secondary to play with Davis, who looked great again. Dean showed why he’s spent considerable time on the bench and Bunting showed again why he should be spending time on the bench. Better teams are going to pick us apart.

Art Penn
11 months ago

The defense bailed the O out again. A win is a win. Giants were playing like this was superbowl 54. Give them props for executing better than expected.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Art Penn
11 months ago

This was definitely a desperation game for the Giants. I’m glad we got the win, but the giants sure came ready to brawl.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Art Penn
11 months ago

Not really. Our offense scored the winning points on the final drive, and the defense, by a couple of inches on a last ditch throw on a two point conversion, was lucky that Jones was off on his throw by those couple of inches. The defense should never have allowed the Giants to score that last touchdown, but they did.

Both offense and defense contributed equally to winning this game.

Spitfire
11 months ago

What an ugly game but a win is a win. The officials came through in the end but they screwed us from the start with the offsides penalty that was really a False Start on the Giants which they wouldn’t have scored that TD. Then on our last Offensive Drove Fournette dove to the first down line and they marked him a yard short, I don’t know why we didn’t challenge that shot, his knee was not down and the drive should have continued. At least they called the proper calls for us the rest of the game so the… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Spitfire
11 months ago

Repeat after me. Not an ugly game.

An ugly game is defined by lots of give aways and penalties, and that was not the problem. We gave it away just once, and we won the turnover battle. Very few penalties on the Bucs.

It was just a very close, very hard fought game against a team whose losses have mostly been by 3 points or less at the end of fourth quarters.

Last edited 11 months ago by Naplesfan
danielob
11 months ago

Taylor, the score was 25 to 23, not 29-17.

BigSombrero
11 months ago

Brady has an Achilles heal vs the Giants. He finally overcame it.

A win is a win, even if it’s vs a 1-6 opponent.

Go Bucs!

bucballer
Reply to  BigSombrero
11 months ago

That was actually a pretty positive statement…who is this???

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
11 months ago

Ehh disagree there. The Giants are Belichicks Achilles heel, not Brady. Both SB’s against the Giants, Brady did enough for the Pats to win. In 07, Brady hit Moss for what should have been the game winning TD. And in 11’ Brady opened the 2nd half with a TD drive to give the Pats a 17-9 lead, but just like in 07, the Pats D couldn’t stop the Giants offense. Belichicks D lost both SB’s for the Pats against the Giants. Belichick always struggled as a coach against his former team

Michael76
11 months ago

In highlight… maybe this is what we needed… rude awakening! We’ve obviously listened to all the press clippings.
Great tape the show how brutal we can play…with out a loss
This should be a long flight home

EricNV
11 months ago

I didn’t see every play, but I saw enough to know the same defensive game plan as the Chicago game. If I can tell that the secondary plays better playing press man coverage, why can’t the coaching staff?

awwdembucs
Reply to  EricNV
11 months ago

Absolutely agree!!

jcscycles
11 months ago

Good teams win games like this one. The Giants could easily have been 5-2 coming into this game. Once “Danny Dimes” figures out how to stop beating himself, they will be in the playoffs every year. One good takeaway here is that we would never have won this last year. JW would have melted down, and oir safetys would never have made the play that Winfield did. That guy is special!

Naplesfan
Reply to  jcscycles
11 months ago

Exactly.

Lawdy
11 months ago

weird the last time we beat the giants on 10/01/2017 it was by the exact same score

4girls
11 months ago

Wow. My pulse was pounding the whole game. But, we lose that game the last twelve years or so. The game SHOULD have ended with a score of 29-17 OR when L. David SHOULD have intercepted that pass instead of dropping it. That tells me David is picking off a pass in the next 2-3 games. He won’t make that mistake again, especially in the clutch. Dean has GOT to fix falling for those double moves or the Saints WRs will eat him. Brees surely won’t miss those passes. (Unless they’re over 20 yards deep. HA!) Mahomes and even Goff… Read more »

bucballer
11 months ago

Play calling is a real weakness for this team! It’s the talent that sometimes overcoming the shitty play calling. But sometimes not even the talent can execute a Shitty scheme. The run game is not where it should/could be. This obsession with running directly into the meat of the alignment over and over… I just don’t understand. Do they not run sweeps or runs outside the tackles? Nobody watching this game felt as if the running game was being utilized effectively. I’m just not feeling BLs play calling. If he doesn’t get this worked out it will catch up with… Read more »

PatrioticChief
Reply to  bucballer
11 months ago

Leftwich is garbage.

Naplesfan
Reply to  PatrioticChief
11 months ago

Double bullshit

Naplesfan
Reply to  bucballer
11 months ago

Bullshit.

bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
11 months ago

Yes Naples… because that running game was just stellar! The Giants out gained the Bucs on the ground with a third string RB… u may be the only one who thinks BL is a quality play caller! The schemes on offensive running game are… well offensive!

bucballer
Reply to  bucballer
11 months ago

This is a lost against a better team!

cgmaster27
11 months ago

Man what an ugly win, key word being win. My biggest disappointment is BL continued run up the middle almost every first down. Its so predictable, its almost like hes trolling us. I hate that rojo has to sit for an entire game evrry time he fucks up. He did fumble, but damn, one more carry in the game? I personally think rojo is a better runner than fournette. I get the accountability, but damn. The pass rush was a dissapponted considering what they trotted out there as an offensive line. Our secondary got lucky tonight that danny couldn’t hit… Read more »

seat26
11 months ago

A hard fought game. We pulled it out. Nothing to brag about when you beat a really crappy team, in the last few seconds of the game. But a win is a win. 6-2 feels really good.

76Buc
11 months ago

I am glad I was wrong. In the past the Bucs would have lost this game.

fredster
11 months ago

Hard to watch ugly game. At least they didn’t lose like Bears game. Even Brady was off on accuracy all night it seemed. Folks need pump the brakes on Super Bowl and how great this secondary is. Honestly other than Davis and Winfield the rest are all suspect. Bunting has sucked all year. Dean makes splash plays but also has bad lapses especially biting on double moves. Lots to work on for Saints game.

Dave
Reply to  fredster
11 months ago

Yeah Brady was so inaccurate. He only completed 70% of his passes. What the hell was he doing out there!!

surferdudes
11 months ago

What really bothered me during this game is the Giants had our secondary beat at least 3 times deep, but Jones couldn’t hit them. If Jones makes the throws he should’ve made, and just doesn’t turn it over, they win going away. But haven’t we seen the same thing from the Bucs the last five years? Last year we choked this game away in the second half to a then rookie Jones. This year we had to come from behind, and gut one out. We did it. Don’t be disappointed how we did, just be happy we did it.

Horse
11 months ago

We were so flat, but we still won; that says a lot right there.

pinkstob
11 months ago

A win is a win and a loss is a loss so I’ll take it. We typically perform worse against the Giants than we should so the game didn’t surprise me. I’m already on to the Saints. Go Bucs!

Dan
Dan
11 months ago

The receivers didn’t create much separation last night. All that will change when Antonio Brown is in the lineup. Brady missed Godwin last night. The passing offense gets bogged down when Brady doesn’t have a guy that can get open right away. Godwin missed the Chicago game, and the offense struggled. Brady had guys like Wes Welker and Julian Edelman in New England. He misses that in Tampa. When Brown and Godwin are both in the lineup this offense is going to be lights out. It will also open up the running game, and guys like Mike Evans and Scotty… Read more »