The Bucs blew a chance to take a two-score lead that would have put the game close to out of reach, but missed kicks kept Atlanta in the game. The Falcons were able to take advantage of the Bucs inability to put them away and kicked a field goal to tie it up at the end of regulation. On the first play of overtime, Jameis Winston’s pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, giving the Bucs a 28-22 loss and a 7-9 to finish the season.
Here were the most disappointing players from the game.
K Matt Gay
Gay missed three field goals on the afternoon from 49, 44, and 34 yards away. The second missed kick by Gay had a bad snap but both the second and third kicks would have put the Bucs up nine points, making it a two-possession game. The Bucs should have been well ahead if it wasn’t for the missed kicks, and each time it killed momentum that the Bucs had just built. This was the not the way that Gay wanted to end his year with a long offseason ahead.
QB Jameis Winston
Winston’s final game of the 2019 season has summed his career so far in Tampa Bay – some amazing throws and some mind-boggling decisions. Winston’s two interceptions weren’t as bad as his four last week, as there first one appeared to be a miscommunication with receiver Justin Watson, and the final one which was returned for the game-winning score was tipped at the line of scrimmage. And of course Winston was without his top receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. However, with the game on the line, Winston failed to deliver, regardless of the circumstances.
Winston’s worst play may hav been at around the five-minute mark in the fourth quarter when the Bucs were nursing a three-point lead and trying to work the clock down and he threw a pass that was called for intentional grounding. The Bucs drive stalled and they were forced to punt the ball back to Atlanta who was able to march down the field and tie the game at the end of regulation.
Winston finished the afternoon 13-of-24 for 201 with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
WR Justin Watson
With all the injuries to the Bucs’ at receiver, this was Watson’s second game as the number two receiver and didn’t have much of an impact in the game. Watson had just two receptions for 27 yards. The other target Watson had in this game was dropped with the Bucs in Falcons territory near the end of the first half.
RB Dare Ogunbowale
It was a tough day for Bucs’ running backs holding onto the ball. Ogunbowale fumbled the ball on the kickoff to start the second quarter, and while the Bucs’ recovered it, they started with the ball again behind the 25. The return game has been poor as of late, with teams purposely kicking the ball short to force Ogunbowale to return. Ogunbowale averaged 20.3 yards per return on Sunday. As a running back he carried the ball one time for four yards without any receptions.
TE O.J. Howard
Howard and fellow tight end Cam Brate were expected to step up to a bigger role with the receivers out, but Howard was nowhere to be found in the last game of the season. Howard had no catches or even any targets in the entire game, meanwhile, Brate score the Bucs’ first touchdown of the afternoon. The only time Howard made his imprint on the game was an offensive pass interference penalty called on him when the Bucs are were at the goal line. The penalty moved the Bucs back and eventually stalled their drive and settled for a field goal attempt, which was missed.