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Game Awards: Buccaneers vs. Jaguars

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Game Ball:Rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves made a big impact in his second NFL game, picking off two passes when the game was very much in doubt. Hargreaves' first NFL interception came in the final 30 seconds of the first half, just after the Buccaneers had tied the game on Mike James' five-yard touchdown catch. The Jaguars aggressively tried to use the remaining seconds of the half to get into range for a go-ahead score, but Hargreaves made a leaping grab of a seam pass intended for TE Neal Sterling. The 2016 first-round pick also kept his feet and returned the ball all the way to the Jacksonville 19-yard line to set up a go-ahead field goal. The Bucs never trailed again. Three plays into the second half, Hargreaves was at it again with a diving interception down the middle of the field to keep the Jaguars from getting into scoring position.

Play of the Game:** QB Jameis Winston never really got into a groove in the Bucs' second preseason game, particularly in his early attempts to get the ball to #1 wide receiver Mike Evans. However, the Bucs' two young offensive stars showed how dangerous they can be, particularly in the red zone, on a game-tying play in the second quarter. After a personal-foul penalty on a near-touchdown catch by TE Cam Brate put the ball at the Jaguars'' eight and a short run cut that distance in half, Evans lined up alone on the right side of the offense. From there, he ran a simple fade and made a leaping grab over CB Nick Marshall on a perfectly-thrown lob from Winston.


Turning Point:** As noted above, Hargreaves' first interception gave the Bucs a surprise opportunity for some bonus points just before halftime, and the visiting team never trailed again. Had Chad Henne completed that pass down the left seam to his tight end, the Jaguars might have been on the edge of field goal range, and a halftime lead in such a close contest might have swung the action in the home team's favor.

It Was Over When: Third-string QB Ryan Griffin converted a third-and-nine from just pass midfield with a perfect sideline strike to WR Jonathan Krause for 41 yards to the Jaguars' 14. Had the Jaguars' defense stopped that play, the Bucs would have been forced to punt with two minutes left and the home team still holding two timeouts. Instead, the Bucs were able to run the clock down to 90 minutes before Roberto Aguayo's 34-yard field goal, and the Jaguars were reduced to a string of desperation passes by fourth-string QB Max Wittek. S Ryan Smith eventually picked off Wittek's last pass, but the Jacksonville offense did not appear poised to drive the length of the field for the winning touchdown as it was.

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