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Buccaneers vs. Redskins Game Awards

Who got this week's game ball?


Photos from Buccaneers vs. Redskins at FedExField.

Game Ball:** On a day when the Buccaneers saw WRs Louis Murphy and Vincent Jackson incur injuries, second-year WR Mike Evans picked up the slack with eight catches for 164 yards and a touchdown. Evans scored three plays into the Bucs' first possession on a 40-yard sprint down the left sideline, catching the ball just as he crossed the goal line inside the left pylon. He had another apparent TD catch overturned in the third quarter on a penalty but was effective all afternoon in moving the chains. His critical third-down catch late in the fourth quarter kept alive a drive that eventually saw Doug Martin break off a 49-yard run down to Washington's five-yard line. The Bucs failed to punch it in from there and were thus vulnerable to the Redskins' final comeback, but it was still a huge game for Evans, his second in as many visits to FedExField.

Play of the Game: There are almost too many to choose from, but since it gave Washington its one and only lead of the game and provided the winning points, this has to go to TE Jordan Reed's six-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds to play. That capped a furious rally and an 80-yard scoring drive in the game's final two minutes.

Turning Point: After scoring touchdowns before and after halftime to turn a potential route into a 24-14 game, the Redskins got bold and called for a surprise onside kick. One Washington cover man touched the bouncing ball just after it passed 10 yards, and the Redskins' Trent Robinson came out of the pile with the football. Washington used that bonus possession to drive for a third touchdown, pull within three points and completely take over the game's momentum.

It Was Over When: RB Charles Sims caught a pass over the middle on a play that started with 12 seconds left and had no chance to get to the sideline. He eventually tried to pitch the ball to a teammate out of desperation and the resulting loose ball was recovered by Washington with five seconds to play.

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