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.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. I think it’s time the Bucs parted ways with Howard and Ogunbowale. We should be able to get a mid level pick for Howard. Ogunbowale has had me scratching my head all season. Why is he even on the team?
    Bucs should make it a priority to draft a stud RB in the second or third round after we get that stud O-line reinforcement in the first. I really want Wisconsin Center Tyler Biadasz.

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    • Howard is on his rookie contract and won’t go anywhere cause he’s cheap at the moment. Look if they were going to get rid of him they could have squeezed picks and a player from the Patriots when they where desperately in need of a tight end. Ogunbowale was the best blocking back they had this year….that should tell you how bad the running game is all by itself. As I have said before historicly the bucs have had bad Olines since their inception into the league. I agree draft O-line early and often, but maybe a mobile quarterback in the later rounds to groom beyond 2020. That way at least he could run for his life instead of getting drummed all season.

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  2. Winston will be back next year..the Bucs will make the playoffs!I’ll live by the sword and I’m willing to die by the sword!Im a Winston fan thru and thru!There will be no QB in free agency can do what he’s doing.Be careful what you wish for Buc fans!

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    • I agree, but get a mobile QB in the 3 or 4th round.

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  3. Ogunbowale made the team as our third down back who is able to block to help protect Jameis and is also able to run on third down and catch outlet passes. He is also our backup run back specialist because our starter is injured. I doubt we can find a better player who can fill all those roles in a late draft pick. The announcer on TV claimed Jameis was intercepted at the end of the game because he stared down his target before throwing. I didn’t notice the tip of the pass that PR reported here. That tip changes how I feel about Jameis. On pass plays our OL has to not only block the defenders, they have to hit with such force that the Defenders can’t tip the passes!

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    • If the pass was tipped, it was barely touched, and his target was double covered. It was a bad decision. The int is on Winston.

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      • I just watched the interception several times in a row and slowed it down. Even if the pass was tipped, Winston stared down his receiver. Everybody in the stands had to know where that ball was going.

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    • I was harsh, really harsh at first too, but have rewatched, Brate was open, just coming out of his break and two yards separated. The pass was on time and would’ve been an easy yet short completion had it not been tipped. The ball’s pace really slows and gets almost sideways after the D-Line man tips it. No matter, there are plenty of things to get on Winston about and maybe more about Leftwich. We can crush Winston for several things, dumb intentional grounding on a ball that should have been easily thrown away and a stupid pass beyond the line of scrimmage that cost field position and stopped the clock. HAS TO BE AWARE OF THOSE SITUATIONS. Basic QB play. Those two plays directly cost the game.

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  4. How this couching staff got no production from Howard this year is a shame. If BA system does not use the TE? They should move OJ to WR. He has the speed to play that spot.With his size. He would be a beast

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  5. Jameis Winston 2019 Rating 84.6
    I hate to be so blunt, but the Dumb stupid and complete morons on pewter and in Buc one
    A 5 year average QB rating 87%
    2019 84.6 30 Ints 8 pick 6
    No team will ever win with a QB with this low of a rating year in year out
    no team can overcome a QB who throws as many INTS than touchdowns
    Only the Bucs are stupid enough to offer this clown a new contract
    If Bucs do not offer him a contract for starter no one else will………………………………………….

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  6. If the Bucs stick with Gay they need to have their kicking Coach ride him doing kicking in practice all week long before the last game and keep him sharp. He was the prime cause of this disappointing loss. Howard has been a terrible disappointment this entire year. Trade him for a second pick.

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  7. Watched Bruce Arians press conference, I not so sure he wants to keep the clown QB, this is first time season over without a verbal commitment
    Quote bruce Arians
    Winston has so much good and so much “outright terrible”
    Wow can not believe Bruce maned up

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  8. How Leftwich is left off this list is ABSOLUTELY beyond me. Going full turtle in the second half killed this game…

    I was initially really harsh on Winston about that last throw, but rewatching it, the ball was tipped to the point the ball was nearly sideways at one point. He still belongs here but a bigger question for me is given Winston’s tendency to have problems in that area and every LB in the league is jumping passes in that area.. why call that play there in that situation?? As effective as ROJO was running, why not either throw the confidence in the O-line and run him or at least go hard play action so the LBs aren’t sitting on a pass… at least start under center. First down… just drop back in shotgun?? I don’t understand.

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    • The tip had no effect on the pick 6.

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      • Go back watch the film. The ball slows considerably. It is nearly sideways in the air halfway there if you look at it. I get the disgust for Winston. I have it and am sick of the losing. He hasn’t earned any benefit of the doubts. Saying he shouldn’t throw the ball, I’ll listen. Being critical of him locking into Brate, I’m 100% on board with that line of reason. But saying a defensive lineman touching the ball doesn’t have an effect on the flight of the ball so therefore has no effect on the INT is comical.

        I have a BIGGER issue with him. On the sideline, there was plenty of time for he, Leftwich and Arians to come up with a good play to start the drive. Winston in year five, MUST have a better sense of the game, should’ve said, “this is a bad play, we are running the ball well, lets run the ball or at least go play action” Instead they (collectively) chose shotgun, offset back, so the LBs will just look for the pass, then target the one area of the field he has been killed on for the past 4 games and every linebacker in the league is watching for.

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  9. 5 yrs is long enough.. check out the qb rating by the nfl where Winston is rated hanging out around the bottom …… buc fans need to stop with the excuses for Winston and expect more from the team and the bucs gm.

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  10. If you bought a shiny new Porsche but discovered it only ran every other day…
    would you keep it?
    or would you call it a lemon?

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    • Funny

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  11. Keep Jameis…
    if you are satisfied with losing.
    Start over if you want to win.
    But, as Jameis is now no longer under contract, the issue becomes one of leverage over how much Winston can realistically demand on the open mkt.
    The Bucs need to sign and trade him for picks. We can’t keep watching him torch entire seasons. The defense was playoff caliber but their work was sabotaged by an undisciplined college QB pretending to be a pro.

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  12. The officials should be on this list with some ticky tack calls and a missed intentional grounding call on Matt Ryan the drive after they hit Winston, deservedly, with it! He was chased way back and threw it short! It ended up being a 3rd and 12 instead of the 3rd and 17 it should’ve been. Although I could’ve sworn ours was a 2nd and 11 that turned into a 3rd and 20..?? So a 9yd penalty!? I must be wrong about the yardage but the drive the officials (and Bucs coaches AND announcers and apparently everyone watching!) missed the call on Ryan was the one that they tied it if I’m not mistaken. Byron Leftwich plays scared with a lead and goes to the most basic, and therefore obvious to everyone, bitch ass play calls! Wtf is wrong with this.guy?? I thought he was supposed to be smart AND a former QB! You could see how frustrated Winston was with ALL the conservative play calling in the 2nd half when they ran it on, I believe a draw with Jones, the play after Winston’s intentional grounding when he was caught giving either Leftwich or Arians an earful and he did NOT look happy! Clean up the play calling, get the turnovers down, get everyone back on D and draft an OT high! Then add to both lines and get a complementary back to Jones later with a S stuffed in there somewhere. Plus do the same in FA as last year! Get guys on cheap deals who hopefully fill a role or break out and, if not, get the compensatory picks!!

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    • You realize our offense is in the top 5 right? Must be doing something right.

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    • Intentional grounding penalty yardage is based on where the qb was when he threw, reason being, it would have been a sack there without the attempted pass.

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  13. Matt Gay didn’t have as bad a rookie season as I thought. Gay is the difference between the Bucs being 7-9 instead of being 9-7. He missed 1 field goal and 2 XPs in a 32-31 loss to the Giants early in the season and he missed 3 fgs yesterday in a 28-22 loss to Falcons. Of course Jameis gave the OT victory to the Falcons with his pick 6. But if Gay had hit just 1 of those field goals, the Falcons would not have been able to tie the game up with a field goal to send it to OT. If Gay had hit 2 of those fgs, it would have all been over but the shouting for the Falcons.’

    Well since neither team was playoff bound I guess the Bucs are getting higher picks in the upcoming draft. But a win would have been better.

    The Bucs loaded up on DBs last 2 drafts and it is starting to look like it will pay off. I think they need to load up on O-linemen in the 2020 draft. No sparkly diamonds please, just meat and potatoes. Road graders with 1 athletic LT. A gifted RB can be picked up in the later rounds. I think the sleeper in the draft is Memphis Tiger Antonio Gibson. I see Gibson as an RB not a WR. He can be the complete back with his size, speed and athletic ability. He is probably a 3rd or 4th round pick I’m guessing.

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  14. Good points JR.
    The officiating always seems to favor the Falcons. I have often thought it was because Richie McKay is on the Competition Committee. Some of those calls against the Bucs or not called in our favor were outrageous.

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  15. If the Bucs don’t bring Winston back, we can always say that Winston started and ended his Bucs career with pick 6s! Lol… Hope Arians and Licht put a lot of offseason work into our oline and qb situation.

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  16. If JW can 5k with 2 killer WRs and a monster TE, imagine an actual accurate QB behind center? I’m glad I’m not Jason L.

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