Bucs Lose to Packers 26-20 In OT

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8) fell to the Green Bay Packers (6-6) 26-20 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Jameis Winston started led the offense early in this game after missing the past three weeks, leading the team down the field to a 75-yard drive that took 5:08 off the clock to start the game.  Tampa Bay took a 7-0 lead when Jameis hit Cameron Brate for a 28-yard touchdown to complete the drive.  The Packers answered with a long drive of their own, but it ended when Mason Crosby kicked a 37-yard field goal late in the first period to cut the lead to 7-3.  

The second quarter belonged to the home team, as Green Bay capitalized on good field position to set Jamaal Williams up for a 1-yard touchdown run.  When Tampa Bay tried to answer, the Packers were able to sack Jameis Winston for a loss and force a fumble, which Deon Lowry ran in for a touchdown to give Green Bay the 17-7 advantage.  The Bucs again tried to answer on the final drive of the first half, but were forced to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Patrick Murray with seventeen seconds left to go into halftime trailing Green Bay 17-10.

After a scoreless third quarter, Tampa Bay came alive in the fourth quarter.  Patrick Murray hit a 30-yard field goal to pull within 17-13, and Jameis Winston hit Cameron Brate for a second touchdown to give the Buccaneers a 20-17 lead over the Packers.  Green Bay would tie the game when Mason Crosby hit a 22-yard field goal with 2:03 to go,  Each team got a chance to win it in regulation, but neither offense was able to create any momentum and this game went into overtime.

In overtime, the Packers won the coin toss and orchestrated an eight play, 72-yard drive to lead the Packers to victory.  Time and again the Bucs defense was unable to get the stop, until Aaron Jones ran in the game winning touchdown from 20-yards out to lift the Packers to a 26-20 win over Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay returns home next Sunday for the first time in a month when they play host to the Lions.  Kickoff is set for 1 PM and you can hear coverage beginning with Tom Krasniqi and Michael Clayton hosting Countdown to Kickoff at 11 AM on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM.


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