Buccaneers nearly overcame three missed field goals to defeat the 2016 defending champs.

In a five point victory for New England Patriots it came down to field goal kicking. Patriots made all four field goal attempts as Tampa Bay’s Nick Folk missed all three from 56-yards, 49-yards and 31-yards out, respectively. Despite the missed attempts the quarterback who wanted to pull off shocker on Thursday Night Football, Jameis Winston, nearly willed his team a victory.

“Hey, today is your day,” Winston yelled to his team before the game. “Today is the day we show everybody what we about. Today is the day that we show ourselves what we built…we want one thang, and that’s a ‘w.'”

Down 16-7 in the fourth quarter Winston ran for a three yard touchdown but it was called back due to holding pentalty. After an incomplete pass on third down, Folk missed a 31-yard field goal missing an opportunity to make it a one possession game with 5:39 remaining.

Buccaneers managed to get the ball back with 4:26. Winston led the offense on a 9-play drive capped with an 18-yard touchdown strike to tight end Cameron Brate with 2:09 left, 16-14.

After a failed onside kick recovery the defense held Patriots to four plays and a field goal to give Winston one last chance with 1:10 remaining, down 19-14.

On the first play Winston hit DeSean Jackson for a 24-yard pass to Tampa Bay’s 49-yard line. But afterwards in attempt to hurry to the line the offense was flagged for a false start which also resulted into a 10-second run off. After an incompletion Winston had back-to-back clutch completion picking up a total of 37 yards.

With one final play on the Patriots 19-yard line, Winston took a shot to the endzone but it was batted down. Patriots won 19-14 to lift themselves to a 3-2 record with Buccaneers once again falling to .500, 2-2.

Both Tom Brady and Winston thrown for over 300 yards, with Brady completing 30 for 40 passes for 303 yards a touchdown and an interception and Winston completing 26 of 46 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown.

“We just got to execute,” Winston said during the post game press conference. “When you playing against the greatest quarterback in the world and your playing against a great defense, you got to be on top of things.”

The takeaway from this game is how Buccaneers never gave up, Winston said. Bouncing back against Arizona Cardnals is team’s focus moving forward, Winston said.

By Gino Terrell

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