It’s time for PewterReport.com’s 2-Point Conversion post-game column, which features two statements, two questions and two predictions based on the latest Bucs game. The Bucs blew an 18-point halftime lead to lose to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones and the New York Giants, who were without star running back Saquon Barkley in the second half. Rookie kicker Matt Gay accounted for 18 points, but missed two extra points and a last-second potential game-winning field goal as Tampa Bay fell to 1-2 on the year in a 32-31 loss.
2 BIG STATEMENTS
STATEMENT 1: Winston-To-Evans Connection All For Naught In Loss
Quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans had monster games for Tampa Bay, but in the end, it didn’t matter as the New York Giants stunned the Bucs with an amazing second-half comeback in a 32-31 win.
Winston completed 23-of-37 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns – all to Evans – with one interception. One of Winston’s biggest throws of the game was a 44-yard strike to Evans downfield to the Giants’ 9-yard with just 13 seconds left. That set the Bucs up for a potential 34-yard game-winning field goal from Matt Gay – only to see the rookie miss it to the right by inches.
Gay’s 34-yard field goal attempt should have been from 29 yards, but head coach Bruce Arians inexplicably took a delay of game to back the field goal up.
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