Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Game Awards: Buccaneers vs. Giants

Who got this week's Game Ball?


Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 4 matchup with the Giants.

Game Ball:** Let's defer to Head Coach Dirk Koetter, who gave the Game Ball to QB Jameis Winston in the postgame locker room. Winston quickly turned around and handed it off to kicker Nick Folk in celebration of the game-winning field goal, but Winston was the Buccaneers' brightest star on Sunday against the Giants. He tossed touchdown passes to Mike Evans, O.J. Howard and Cam Brate, was not intercepted and added several helpful scrambles to keep the chains moving. Winston spread the ball around, with four different Buccaneers exceeding 60 receiving yards, and made the gutsiest call of the season (so far) a success by dropping in a perfect pass to TE Cam Brate in the final two minutes as Brate was sprinting down the sideline on third-and-one. As Koetter later said, the Buccaneers are difficult to beat when Winston is playing as well as he did against the Giants.


Play of the Game:** There were a bunch of other potential candidates for this award until the game's final minutes, as the Buccaneers unlocked the big-play aspect of their offense, recording five plays of more than 30 yards. Rookie TE O.J. Howard gave the Bucs an early 13-0 lead with a 58-yard touchdown catch, the first score of his career. But all of the previous big plays paled in the face of Brate's over-the-shoulder grab before the final score of the game. Brate briefly juggled the ball before pulling it in and holding on as he was dragged to the ground. "I was just trying to keep everyone on their toes," said Brate of his bobbling catch. "Trying to make it exciting."


Turning Point:** Make no mistake, the Giants completely grabbed the momentum of Sunday's game after the Buccaneers got off to a fast start. After the Bucs whiffed on a series of scoring opportunities, the Giants climbed to within six points at halftime and then took the lead, 17-16, in the third quarter. They had a chance to extend that lead and possibly put the game away with 10 minutes to play, as QB Eli Manning took a deep shot to Odell Beckham on third-and-three from midfield. CB Brent Grimes stayed close to Beckham and broke the pass up at the last second. The Giants had to punt and Brad Wing shanked it for just 15 yards, giving the Bucs decent field position for what would prove to be a go-ahead touchdown drive. While the lead still changed hands two more times, Grimes' big stop kept the Bucs from falling too far behind.

It Was Over When: Nick Folk's game-winning field goal slipped just inside the left upright. Time expired on the kick, so really, the game was going to be over either way on that play.

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