Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Game Awards: Buccaneers vs. Rams

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Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 3 matchup with the Rams.

Game Ball:** WR Mike Evans hauled in a seven-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 to play to pull the Bucs within five points, capping yet another very productive day. The Jameis Winston-Mike Evans connection was not only prolific, resulting in 132 yards and a score but it was also efficient as it came on just 13 targets. Evans had just three catches for 40 yards at halftime, but Winston looked to him repeatedly in the second half during the Bucs' ultimately unsuccessful comeback attempt. The third-year receiver already has 301 yards and three touchdowns this season and is the first player in team history to have at least one scoring grab in each of the first three games of a season.


Play of the Game:** DE Robert Quinn was largely held in check on Sunday, but his one big win was the game-changer. With 12 minutes remaining the game, the Buccaneers were trailing by four but driving, having reached the Rams' 13-yard line. Winston dropped back to pass and Quinn shot around the left end of the line, swiping at Winston's arm as he flew by. It worked, forcing a fumble that rolled out into the open, with none of the Bucs' linemen able to locate the loose ball. DE Ethan Westbrooks was the first to hone in on the football, and he scooped it up and started down the west sideline, picking up a convey. Winston and RB Jacquizz Rodgers pursued the play to the end but neither touched Westbrooks as he completed a 77-yard score, the longest fumble-return touchdown ever against Tampa Bay.


Turning Point:** The Bucs had a chance to extend their lead to six points in the third quarter but rookie K Roberto Aguayo misfired on a 41-yard field goal try. The Rams took over at their own 31 and suddenly found success behind RB Todd Gurley, who had only 34 yards and just over two yards per carry at that point in the game. Gurley broke off a pair of nine-yard runs, which set up two successful play-action passes by QB Case Keenum. Gurley finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run and the Bucs never regained the lead.

It Was Over When: Quinn engulfed Winston from behind as the Buccaneer quarterback was scrambling on the game's last play. The Bucs ran seven plays from inside the Rams' 30-yard line in the game's final minute but couldn't quite crack the end zone. Winston had already crossed the line of scrimmage when he was tackled, meaning the Bucs' only hope was that he would make it all the way to the end zone.

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