BUCS – AFTER THE DUST SETTLES : GIANTS
By Leo Haggerty

OK, whatever I write below is immaterial.  Why, you ask.  The simple answer is that the only thing anyone will remember is that K Matt Gay missed the field goal as time expired giving the Giants a 32-31 comeback victory over the Buccaneers.  Nothing else.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay (9) misses the game ending field goal which would have allowed the Bucs to win the game with no time left against the New York Giants during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

The worst part is that, for all intents and purposes, this game should have been over at halftime.  Tampa Bay had turned all six of their possessions in the first half into points and took a commanding 28-10 halftime lead over the New York Giants.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) and Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) celebrate a touchdown in the 1st quarter of play during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

The big reason for the offensive onslaught was QB Jameis Winston and WR Mike Evans.  The Bucs duo combined for three touchdown passes and #13 had a total of 7 receptions for a whopping 146 yards.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a pass for a touchdown while New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) tries to defend during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

The problem for the Buccaneers was that they forgot the game is 60 minutes and not 30 minutes.  New York came out of the tunnel on fire.  The G-Men scored on the first play of the second half and, after a Bucs punt, found the end zone again to trim the lead to 28-25 midway through the third period.  Now, it’s a football game but let’s regress to happier times of the tilt.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense puts pressure on New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Tampa Bay took the opening kickoff and ate up 5:13 to start the scoring with Winston finding Evans from 21 yards out.  The drive went 75 yards in 10 plays and forced the Giants to play catch up from their opening possession.  The big play was a 3-yard plunge by RB Peyton Barber on fourth-and-1 at the New York 41-yard line to keep the drive alive.  Sadly, Gay hooked the extra point and the Buccaneers had to settle for a 6-0 lead.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs for yardage against the New York Giants during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

New York answered on their opening drive with a 36-yard field goal by K Aldrick Rosas.  Jones converted two third downs to keep the 11 play drive alive that traversed 57 yards in 5:40.  That cut the margin to 6-3.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) smiles during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

The Pewter Pirates took the pigskin right down the field on another 75-yard drive in 3:46 to increase the lead to 12-3. This one took 12 plays to cover the 75 yards ending with another Evans TD catch with this one from 3 yards. This time, the PAT by Gay was blocked by rookie DT Dexter Lawrence.  See a pattern forming here, Bucs fans?

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay (9) attempts to kick an extra point in the 1st quarter during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

It took the G-Men just 5:23 to cut the margin to 12-10.  New York went 75 yards in a dozen plays with Jones going the final 7 yards on a designed quarterback run.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) scores a touchdown while Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) tries to make a tackle during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

The Buccaneers made it three straight scoring drives to open the game with a Gay 47 yard FG.  This one took 5 plays to go 46 yards in 2:23 with the big play being a 55 yard bomb from #3 to #13.  That stretched the advantage to 15-10.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; An overall view of the line of scrimmage during an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Tampa Bay added another 13 points before halftime.  The first was another Gay FG from 27 yards at the 4:06 mark.  The second, after the first turnover of the tilt when DE Carl Nassib recovered a Jones fumble, was the third Winston to Evans TD strike with this one from 20 yards with 1:26 left in the first half.  The final tally was another FG by Gay as time expired from 52 yards out.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) looks onto the field before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

After the New York 15 point outburst, Tampa Bay finally put second half points on the board with Gay’s fourth three-pointer of the game.  That stretch the lead to a precarious 31-25.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass during an NFL game Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

The Giants scored the winning touchdown when Jones escaped the rush and, as the sea of red parted, waltz unabated right up the middle into the end zone.  The conversion kick by Rosas was good and New York took its first lead of the day with 1:16 remaining in the contest.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs in for a touchdown during an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

That set the stage for the final fireworks that, for the Pewter Pirates, came off as a dud.  Also, the loss put a damper on the induction into the Bucs Ring of Honor of DB Ronde Barber.  Well deserved for sure.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is on hand before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

So it’s off to the West Coast to take on the rams next Sunday.  Look for me GOAL LINE STAND column at the end of the week.

Just for good measure, I’ll add a few Game Day experience shots.  These come from photo-journalist Steve Jacobson.  Enjoy.

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) share a moment after a touchdown in the 4th quarter of play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs in for a touchdown during an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; New York Giants offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) almost loses his helmet as Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) puts pressure on during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans celebrate during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs for yardage against the New York Giants during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) attempts to sack New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; A Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader poses during an NFL game against the New York Giants] at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) looks down at New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after sacking him during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) looks on during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is brought down by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; A Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader poses during an NFL game against the New York Giants] at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; A Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader poses during an NFL game against the New York Giants] at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Bradley Pinion (8) punts the ball during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) celebrates after he catches a pass against the New York Giants during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber gets inducted into the Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks celerbrate his induction. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber gets inducted into the Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber gets inducted into the Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Bucs announcer Gene Deckerhoff makes a few remarks before. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers former cornerback Ronde Barber smiles with his wife a and daughter during his Ring of Induction ceremony at halftime of an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Big Nasty and fans during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) tries to get through New York Giants offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) and New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) tries to get through New York Giants offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field during an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) tries to break a tackle by Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards (34) during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Demar Dotson (69) blocks New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) celebrates after catching a pass during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) catches a pass during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay (9) gets ready to kick the ball during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves (28) looks at New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) runs out onto the field before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders perform before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a pass before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians looks on from the bench before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves (28) warms up before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) greets New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; A Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan shows enthusiasm during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber takes pictures with his former team after he gets inducted into the Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber gets inducted into the Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber takes photos with his family after he gets inducted into the Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber gets inducted into the Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders perform during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans celebrate during an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) and Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) celebrate a touchdown in the 1st quarter of play during an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Flyover of Jets before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; The Tampa Bay Buccaneers mascot poses on the field before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the field before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the field before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Some of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players walk through the tunnel on the way to the field before an NFL game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Bucs fans have fun before an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Bucs fans have fun before an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Bucs fans tailgate before an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Bucs fans tailgate before an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Bucs fans have fun before an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; An artist draws a picture of Ronde Barber before an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants. Barber was inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor at halftime. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)

Sept 22, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Bucs fans have fun before an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants. The Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-31. (Steve Jacobson)