Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston’s epic, 20-yard dash on third-and-19 helped set up Tampa Bay’s go-ahead touchdown that allowed the team to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 23-19, and move to 6-6 on the season, keeping the Bucs’ playoff dreams alive. But Winston’s 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Evans on third-and-4 from the Atlanta 6-yard line deserves a lot of attention, too.
After the game, Winston was more eager to talk about Evans’ diving touchdown than his own heroic scramble.
“I’m going to do verbatim, and this is the story that everybody needs to talk about,” Winston said. “I go in the huddle after the long drive and guys are tired. I said, ‘Who wants a touchdown?’ I smiled and said, ‘Who wants a touchdown?’ Mike smiled and said, ‘Me, me, me!’ I said, ‘All right, you’re going to get it.’ Honest to God truth.
“I wish the center was miked up. Mike said, ‘Me, me, me!’ There were a couple of other guys that said, ‘Me’ too, but Mike was like a kid with the ‘Me, me, me!’ We got him the ball.”
The touchdown pass was Winston’s first of the day after a 5-yard rushing score in the first quarter, and his 17th of the season. With his arm (17) and his legs (five), Winston has accounted for 22 touchdowns this season, which is a Tampa Bay rookie record.
Evans’ touchdown catch was his third of the season, and capped off Winston’s third game-winning drive of his rookie year with his second fourth-quarter comeback.
A reporter asked Winston what if Bucs left guard Logan Mankins had spoken up in the huddle and wanted the touchdown late in the fourth quarter on third-and-4.
“We would have found a way to give him the ball,” Winston laughed.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Winston is such a winner! This team has their QB for years to come. Next year we will win our Conference! Go Bucs!
The Bucs won this game because of Winston’s will to win. Wow! Go Bucs!
What a great story and it was great to see Mike with the game winning catch. On a side note the announcers kept saying that the pic was his drop and it wasn’t. That throw was high and hot, not mikes fault on that one.
What a difference a year and a damn good QB makes. just WOW
It’s simply amazing how this young 21 year old has taken over HIS team. In such a tense, game on the line situation, he makes his teammates believe that winning the game is inevitable and asks who wants to do the opportunity to seal the victory. Wow indeed.
Ditto to all these comments. Go Buc’s
I love it. I just absolutely love it!!!!!!!
I kinda bothered about the fact he is asking who wants the td in a crucial situation, if we are up by 4 td’s than yes, lets plays street ball and say “who wants a td”? Imagine if Stocker says “me, me, me do youi throw him the ball cause he asked for it? Hopefully I’m reading to much into this
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