On Sunday, the Buccaneers downed the Falcons, 23-19, in dramatic fashion. Facing a third and 19 outside of field goal range, quarterback Jameis Winston scrambled for a first down, moving the chains before ultimately throwing the game-winning touchdown pass. Writers from around the country, and within the Tampa Bay area, spoke out about Winston's spectacular performance.
Here's what a few of them had to say:
"I wouldn't be surprised if Jameis Winston led his team to a Super Bowl in the very-near future."
"The first 10 yards were talent. The final 10 yards were magic. I don't know what was churning harder, Jameis Winston's legs or his heart."* – Martin Fennelly, The Tampa Tribune*
"Winston has a fire in him we might have missed in the run-up to the draft. Look at the third-and-19 scramble/dive late in the fourth quarter, his team down three. Winston got 20. The drive ended in a game-winning touchdown pass to Mike Evans." – Peter King, Sports Illustrated
"Winston seems to be the real deal. The latest evidence: that march for the go-ahead touchdown, fueled by his third-and-19 run. It is the kind of drive and play that turn good players into great players." – Rick Brown, ESPN
"Jameis Winston is SO strong in the pocket." – Matt Miller, Bleacher Report
"After 12 games, no one is sculpting his bust and enshrining him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the rookie is beating expectations and has been instrumental in turning around a team that went 2-14 a season ago. At 6-6 and just one game behind No. 6 seed Seattle, Tampa Bay is a bonafide playoff contender." – *Thomas Bassinger, The Tampa Bay Times
*"Winston posted the best grade of his rookie season and was a large part in the Buccaneers' downing of the Falcons this week. He again displayed some impressive passing and poise, as well as his very own movie-moment when he asked in the huddle who wanted to score the go-ahead TD before hitting Mike Evans for the game-winner." – *Sam Monson, Pro Football Focus