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01 October 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants Postgame Notes (10/1/17)

- Tampa Bay’s defense forced a three-and-out on New York’s opening possession, the first three-and-out on an opening possession for the Buccaneers defense since hosting New Orleans last season (12/11/16).
- After Tampa Bay’s offense failed to record a first down, the Buccaneers pinned the Giants at their own three-yard line and forced another three-and-out. On the ensuing Tampa Bay possession, the Buccaneers drove 56 yards in four plays, lasting 2:01, highlighted by a 36-yard run from RB Jacquizz Rodgers. The drive concluded with a six-yard touchdown pass from QB Jameis Winston to WR Mike Evans.
- Evans now has two receiving touchdowns this season and 29 in his career, passing WR Joey Galloway for the third-most receiving touchdowns in team history.
Rank      Player                                                       TDs
1.           TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86                            34
2.           WR Kevin House, 1980-86                          31
3.           WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres.                       29
4.           WR Joey Galloway, 2004-08                        28
5.           WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92                           27
- Jacquizz Rodgers finished the game with 108 yards from scrimmage, his third career game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage.
- On Tampa Bay’s next possession, the team drove 70 yards in two plays, taking 57 seconds, after Jameis Winston connected with TE O.J. Howard on a 58-yard touchdown pass.
- Howard’s 58-yard touchdown catch is the longest by a Buccaneers rookie since 2012 (Doug Martin, 64 yards at Minnesota, 10/25/12) and the fourth-longest touchdown catch ever by a Buccaneers tight end.
Rank                         Player                                 TD Yds
1. Tyji Armstrong        12/6/92 vs. L.A. Rams              81
1. Jimmie Giles          11/1/81 vs. CHI                        81
3. Jimmie Giles          9/1/79 vs. DET                         66
4. O.J. Howard          10/1/17 vs. NYG                      58
5. Ron Hall                 9/9/90 at DET                          54
- On Tampa Bay’s final possession of the first half, the team drove 73 yards in 12 plays, taking 2:45 seconds, with K Nick Folk connecting on a 20-yard field goal.
- In the fourth quarter, Jameis Winston threw his third touchdown pass of the day, connecting with TE Cameron Brate from 14 yards, capping a four-play, 57-yard drive that lasted 1:41.
- Brate, who caught a touchdown at Minnesota, now has caught touchdown passes in consecutive games for the fourth time in his career. He has two touchdown receptions this season and 13 in his career, the third-most ever for a Buccaneers tight end.
Rank          Player                                                      TD
1.               Jimmie Giles (1978-86)                              34
2.               Dave Moore (1992-2001, 2004-06)             24
3.               Cameron Brate (2014-Pres.)                     13
4.               Kellen Winslow (2009-11)                          12
5.               Calvin Magee (1985-88)                             11
5.               Alex Smith (2005-08)                                 11
- Since the start of the 2016 season, Brate has 10 touchdown receptions, the most among NFL tight ends.
Rank    Player                                   Team           TD
1.         Cam Brate                            TB               10
2.         Hunter Henry                         SD               9
3.         Antonio Gates                       SD               8
3.         Kyle Rudolph                         MIN             8
5.         Martellus Bennett                  GB              7
5.         Delanie Walker                      TEN             7
- With Tampa Bay trailing 23-22, Jameis Winston led the Buccaneers on a nine-play, 59-yard drive to set up K Nick Folk’s game-winning 34-yard field goal, Winston’s fourth career fourth-quarter comeback and his seventh career game-winning drive (both per Pro-Football-Reference).
- Winston finished today’s game going 22-of-38 for 332 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, for a passer rating of 113.0, the sixth-highest mark of his career.
- Winston has thrown for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns in consecutive games for the second time in his career, joining Doug Williams as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to accomplish that feat multiple times
- Winston now has six career games with at least three touchdown passes, tied for the second-most in franchise history. He also has seven career games with at least 300 passing yards, the fourth-most in franchise history.
- This is only the fifth time in team history that the quarterback has thrown for at least 300 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions and the first since 2012 (Josh Freeman vs. New Orleans, 10/21/12).
- P Bryan Anger had a net average of 49.8 yards per punt, tying a franchise record for the highest net average of a punter with at least four punts (also Michael Koenen, 10/16/11, vs. New Orleans).
- Tampa Bay had four receivers with at least 60 yards receiving, the first time in team history that the team has had four different players reach that mark in the same game.
- Today’s inactives:
#43  S     T.J. Ward
#54  LB    Lavonte David
#58  LB    Kwon Alexander
#66  T      Leonard Wester
#68  C     Joe Hawley
#82  TE   Antony Auclair
#96  DT   Sealver Siliga

TE     #84  Cam Brate
TE     #88  Luke Stocker
LT     #76  Donovan Smith
LG     #64  Kevin Pamphile
C       #74  Ali Marpet
RG    #73  J.R. Sweezy
RT     #69  Demar Dotson
TE     #80  O.J. Howard
WR    #13  Mike Evans
QB    #3    Jameis Winston
RB     #32  Jacquizz Rodgers
DE     #91  Robert Ayers Jr.
DT     #93  Gerald McCoy
DT     #90  Chris Baker
DE     #92  William Gholston
SLB   #53  Adarius Glanton
MLB  #51  Kendell Beckwith
WLB  #59  Devante Bond
CB     #28  Vernon Hargreaves III
CB     #24  Brent Grimes
SS     #23  Chris Conte
FS     #37  Keith Tandy

- Today’s paid attendance: 63,916

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