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In a game seemingly without a Most Valuable Player for Tampa Bay in its 20-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, the Buccaneers found one in the final seconds of the contest. No, the game was not on the line, and no, kicker Matt Bryant wasn’t a hero as he was in Tampa Bay’s 23-21 victory when he nailed a franchise-record 62-yard field goal to beat Philadelphia. But the fact that he kept the Buccaneers from being shut out on a last-second field goal bestows him with the honor of being Pewter Report’s MVP.
To ensure that he put points on the board, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden trotted Bryant out on third-and-goal from the Pittsburgh 9 with just four seconds left in the game to connect on a 27-yard field goal. Bryant delivered as time expired, while making his ninth-straight field goal on the season. In 2006, Bryant is now 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) after starting the season 2-of-3.
There simply weren’t any players on offense or defense worthy of consideration for Pewter Report’s MVP honors in Tampa Bay’s 20-3 loss at Pittsburgh.
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