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Game Awards: Bucs vs. Vikings


Game Ball:Tampa Bay's defense had its best outing since Week Two of the 2014 season, and LB Lavonte David was in the middle of it the whole way. David had a team-high 14 tackles for the third straight game and also tied a career high with three tackles for loss, giving him 14 on the season. His TFL and then third-down tackle against Matt Asiata on consecutive plays inside the 10-yard line in the third quarter provided the field position that produced a 15-yard field goal drive for the first points of the Bucs' 13-point fourth-quarter rally.Play of the Game:For the Buccaneers, it was Mike James' one-yard run on fourth-and-one at the Vikings' eight-yard line with just over two minutes left in the game. That was potentially an all-or-nothing play for the Buccaneers, as they trailed by four at the time and might have not seen the ball again if they turned it over on downs. Mike Glennon hit Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a seven-yard touchdown pass on the next play.Turning Point:After taking a three-point lead with two minutes to play, the Buccaneers needed just one more stop from a defense that had produced two three-and-outs and a punt on the Vikings' three previous drives. On second-and-10 from the Minnesota 39, the Buccaneers got immediate pressure on QB Teddy Bridgewater, who lobbed a pass out to WR Greg Jennings as two defensive linemen fell on him. The pass was complete, getting the ball to midfield and keeping alive the game-tying drive.It Was Over When:** This is obvious, of course. The Bucs had a chance to drive down the field and end the game with a touchdown on the opening possession of overtime, but TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins' fumble on an 11-yard catch set up the game-winning 27-yard return by LB Anthony Barr.

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