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The Bucs emerged victorious in Week 13, shutting out the Falcons in the second half for a 30-17 victory. Tampa Bay improved to 9-3 with a stranglehold on the NFC South. But the margin of error should have been even greater, if not for Tampa Bay’s mismanagement of the first half’s final moments.

With 44 seconds left in the half, the Bucs took over at their own 7-yard line with two timeouts, leading 20-10. On first down, Tom Brady threw a quick screen to Chris Godwin for a half-yard gain. The Bucs then let 17 seconds run off the clock, snapping the ball on second-and-9 with 27 seconds until halftime. Under the shadow of their own goalposts at the 8-yard line, it seemed like a no-brainer to run out the clock after that.

Instead, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich went back to the air. With the Bucs trying to hit a designed screen to running back Leonard Fournette, defensive tackle Marlon Davidson peeled off of his pass rush to pick-six Brady.

No question about it, this is an unbelievable play by Davidson. The mental processing to recognize this play and undercut the route, from a defensive tackle, is incredible. But while the result of the play may have been unlikely, the process was still bad by Leftwich. Even if the play hits for a decent gain, there would be almost no time on the clock to make anything else happen. And if the Bucs were going to be aggressive, why not use a timeout after the first down play?

“Poor call,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said after the game. “Poor call, poor execution.”

The mistake put the Bucs in a precarious spot, up just 20-17 at halftime. Thankfully, Tampa Bay rose up in the second half to shut out Atlanta. But against a better team, the play-calling error could have been costly.

In Week 14, the Bucs are back home against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
1 month ago

I think almost all of us were thinking the same thing. These screens down by our own end zone are so risky to call. Same thing happened just last week. Plus someone should’ve just told them to let the clock run after the first down went no where. All hindsight though. We just need to figure out a way to keep these players healthy. Whatever they’re doing now simply isn’t working.

RW
RW(@rwp111)
1 month ago

A brain fart by Brady, otherwise a great game by him.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  RW
1 month ago

A bad play by Brady, no doubt. I thought it was stupid to try and score at all starting the drive inside their own 10 yard line. After they used up 25 seconds getting half a yard on first down, it was down right moronic to still be trying to score. BA talks about the players playing stupid. This time he needs to turn it around. He’s the HC. That’s where the HC needs to step in and say slow down and let the clock run out. I put this one squarely in BA’s lap.

Dman
Dman(@dman)
1 month ago

Head scratcher of a play no doubt. BTW, Marlon Davidson was a teammate of KJ Britt, Dean and Davis at Auburn.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 month ago

Obviously, I doubt they’ll call that play again under the same circumstances.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
1 month ago

Lefty has done this few times this year and results haven’t been good. Trying to get cute backed up. Not smart IMO. Need high percent plays and throw it vertical not horizontal backed up. Or run it….

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
1 month ago

The play shocked me a bit as well. Where as in other games a Brady INT would be the result of a tipped ball or off the shoulder pads of the receiver and then the DB makes a heads up play to make the INT. This was on Brady. He should never have thrown that to that location. But Brady’s only human. When u throw the rock 55-60 times u r bound to have a bad throw somewhere in there. Outside of that pick six I thought Brady played well. Sometimes it’s just like shooting fish in a barrel out… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
1 month ago

Terrible play call and no reason to even try a play there. Byron needs to cut out those horizontal plays when backed up. Although Nipples will probably call everyone including BA a moron for even questioning Byrons playcalling

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 month ago

You’re a complete asshole. What are you, like ten years old with your juvenile “nipples” bullshit? What, did your little sister just teach you that word, and now you feel brave enough to write it down. SMH As the game announcers repeately said throughout the broadcast, the former Colts defensive coordinator who personally knew what it was like to face Brady across the LOS for many games, liked to say “When the ball is snapped, Brady is always the one holding the chalk.” But then, what does he know compared to cgmaster, fredster, chefboho, or any of the other self… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

You calling me an asshole?! Oh the irony. And yes ill call you whatever I want and there isnt a damn thing you’re going to do about it litte guy. Noone im this chat can stand you. Youre an arrogant prick pretending to be a coach. Now go play with your dolls NIPPLES and let the grown ups talk

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
1 month ago

With 44 ticks left on the clock and two timeouts when we took over the ball at the 7 yard line, it was not unreasonable to play aggressively and try to score again, even just a field goal attempt. That’s plenty of time for TB-12 and our offense to operate. But, you still have to execute, both in play calling and on the field. Mistakes made in both areas. I would have preferred to see pass plays to our strength, which in this particular game, would be to the middle of the field or along the sideline at intermediate distances… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

That’s just ridiculous statement Nipples! U have 44 sec left in half. First do no harm. No way r u or should u be passing from the end zone with 44 clicks left. Run play or take a knee into halftime! Do u hear yourself talk man?

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
1 month ago

As usual, the loudmouthed self-important critics here – both writers and stupid commenters – focus on one bad play so as to have another stupid excuse to proclaim their own superb ingeniousness in alternative playcalling, while ignoring the other 98% of the game and the playcalls that resulted in yet another overwhelming performance by the consensus MVP of the league leading the league’s no. 1 scoring offense. Apparently none of you geniuses have yet to figure out that Tom Brady calls all the plays in real time, at the LOS. Pretty much everyone else who knows TB-12 knows that but… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
1 month ago

And now, I am going to crow a little bit here, and force Ledyard and his band of stupid commenters here at PR who know they know far more about how to call plays and coach NFL teams vastly better than the mere chumps leading the Bucs now. For the last several weeks this band of miscreants who fancy themselves as superior coaches and playcallers have been bitching about the Bucs playcalling, specifically calling “too many” dump-offs and short passing plays. I schooled you guys on the the fact, I repeat fact, that in the NFL opposing teams always watch… Read more »

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

Lol there’s coach Naples everyone. Glad as usual you’re able to tell us how football works, how you’re some genius couch coach and everyone is an idiot for having an opinion. You’re so full of shit you might actually explode. Keep pretending to be the end all of every conversation so we can sit back and laugh at your ignorance

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

You’re up early Naples and it sure seems like you’ve already had a pot or two of coffee. You should realize by now that the aforementioned fellow commenters are just poking fun at you, in part, because you get so wound up and start name-calling. Often, no matter what statistics or logical arguments are made, there are a lot of folks who just can’t get past their own agendas. They only seek to prove their point in spite of their flawed narrative. They deftly twist “their truth” to, in their mind, overrule “facts”. Not sure if they even actually believe… Read more »

gcolerick
gcolerick(@gcolerick)
Reply to  scubog
1 month ago

Well said scubog. This name calling from behind a computer screen is just a byproduct of the internet and the online world we live in today. No doubt Naples would be visiting the dentist on a regular basis if this childish name calling were done face to face.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  gcolerick
1 month ago

Exactly, not one person wouldnt knock his ass out talking like that. But hes got a computer screen to protect himself. And to your point scu, not one person in this room would hi five an arrogant ass like nipples.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 month ago

U r correct cg! nipples is just ignorant and condescending. If u have an opposing or different opinion then ur “stupid” or an “imbecile”. Clearly he suffers from a severe case of foot in mouth with bouts of jibberish.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  scubog
1 month ago

U r correct scubog. We r all fans here which is short for fanatic. Well except for nipples! Even the PR writers have identified him as the azz he is. U don’t take what the defense gives u. That was in the 80’s. Now a days u take what u want. And u go out and make it happen. U move ur guys around to create mismatches so u can let ur talent shine. Teams that only have one WR 1 have to find ways to get him open. They surely don’t take what the defense gives them or their… Read more »

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