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
5 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.

Reply to  Pete Wood
5 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
5 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.