Patriots hold on for 19-14 victory over Buccaneers as last second throw falls incomplete

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The New England Patriots came into Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowing a league-worst 456.8 yards per game and an average of 32 points per game through the first month of the regular season.

They held the Buccaneers to just 14 points but had to sweat out a final throw to the end zone to escape with a 19-14 victory in Tampa Bay.

Jameis Winston‘s last second pass for O.J. Howard was off-target and incomplete to enable the Patriots to hold on. Winston and the Buccaneers had moved the ball 56 yards over the final minute of play to set up one last-ditch chance to steal the victory. Instead, the Patriots won another close game with little margin to spare.

Nick Folk missing three field goals didn’t exactly help the Buccaneers chances either.

Trailing 16-7, the Buccaneers had the chance to draw within reach with less than seven minutes remaining. Instead, they missed several chances to close the gap. Cameron Brate dropped a touchdown pass from Jameis Winston on a first-and-goal from the Patriots’ 9-yard line. Two plays later, a Winston touchdown run was wiped out by an illegal hands to the face penalty on center Evan Smith that forced another field goal try.

After a Tom Brady fumble gave Tampa Bay good field position, Folk missed wide left from 31 yards to keep the deficit at nine points with 5:36 remaining. Folk also missed from 56 and 49 yards on the night as his tenure in Tampa Bay may be coming to an end. He’s missed five kicks in the last two games.

However, the Buccaneers wouldn’t roll over.

Winston and Brate would connect for an 18-yard touchdown on the Buccaneers next possession to finally close the gap to 16-14. After the Patriots recovered an onside kick attempt, Stephen Gostkowski converted a 48-yard field goal with 1:10 left to force Tampa Bay to need a touchdown to win.

While the Patriots’ porous defense still allowed 409 yards, they did just enough to keep the Buccaneers from putting too many points on the board.

Brady posted yet another 300-yard passing game, throwing for 303 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Winston passed for 334 yards with a touchdown for the Buccaneers.

73 responses to “Patriots hold on for 19-14 victory over Buccaneers as last second throw falls incomplete

  1. Winston needs to have a 4th quarter in at least one other quarter. I was so unimpressed. He converted, what…2 out of 14 third downs? That’s less than 15%.

    At least Folk can make 25% of his kicks…

  2. Glad I was wrong about the defense not showing up tonight. I hope that the offensive line does better next week because Brady was getting clobbered back there. Thankfully Nick Folk is a god awful kicker and the Bucs game plan was vanilla. They have to do better against the Jets, but nice to get a win.

  3. We should’ve been crushed. Winston misses wide open jackson, brate drops a TD, folk misses 3 field goals, our O line was rubbish.

    Awful week of pain coming up for the jets. And a ice bath for Tommy, man he got whacked 😳

  4. Pat’s got away with one. Winston looked awful most the game. And the Bucs need to just give up on even trying to kick fgs anymore. Pat’s should’ve lost that game. And I have a feeling Winston is not going to be a long term solution in TB. Too inconsistent, can’t capitalize on have a player like Jax

  5. Bucs look like a great young team. Get a little more seasoning and a decent kicker and they’ll be a very tough opponent. Kudos for a great game.

  6. Patriots are in trouble this season… Barely skating by lesser teams… Not the top team they once were…

    Tampa has a good Rb; big talented wr; good o-line; a pretty good defense… their weakness is in 2 crucial positions… 1 will likely be replaced ASAP and the other will continue to flounder!

  7. Dysfunctional Patriots team right now. Play calling on offense tonight was awful. The offensive line has become awful. Stupid penalties that would have been back breakers against a better opponent. The offsides on Bolden to give the Bucs a new set of downs? Inexplicable.

  8. Personally, I’m tired of the comments about Tom Brady being a system QB like before he got there the Patriots were winning 5 Super Bowls ever 15 years. Yes, there’s a system in New England, but it has Tom Brady’s finger prints all over it.

    Steelers Fan

  9. Tough game against a highly motivated opponent on a short week.

    If Folk makes a couple of those NE plays differently down the stretch, but it might not have been enough anyway.

    Hardly looks like the team from 2016. But it’s still early.

  10. Jameis is way overrated. He talks big and made a few nice throws but far too many are inaccurate (thrown too high). With the absence of Cronk, this was a game that Tampa Bay could have won if Jameis was good enough.

  11. The Patriots got out of this in one piece. Now they have 10 days to get issues sorted out. Then a game against an easier offence, then another week to work on stuff. We will see.

  12. For a team thought to be “so good they may go undefeated” the Patriots look awfully mortal through this point in the season.

  13. HA! Where are the GOAT comments now Pats fans?
    Actually, I am surprised they’re not 4-0, but that’s the NFL. I’m sure they will win the AFCE and another trip to the SB.

  14. Winston was not sharp early in the game, and the Bucs kicking woes cost them a victory. Time to move on from Nick Folk and sign another kicker quickly. The Bucs have some great weapons on offense, they just haven’t developed that “killer instinct” yet. Credit the Pats…..their defense made Winston look ordinary for 3 quarters+, and Brady is still….Brady. But this was a winnable game for Tampa. They just let it slip thru their fingers….or off their kick foot!

  15. Playing against the GOAT, 5 defensive starters out for TB, 5 drops for TB, 10+ bad throws for Jameis, 3 missed fg for Folk, and they had a shot at the end to win it.

    TB has a chance to not just be good, but to be great over the next 3-4 years. Their 23 yr old QB is 3rd in the NFL in passing yards…if he can continue to improve they should be exciting to watch in the future.

  16. TNF = WTF
    TNF = Totally Not Football
    TNF = This aiN’t Football
    TNF = Terrible Night of Football

    Glad the Pats won but what an awful product TNF is.

  17. Not only did the offense not live up to expectations, while the defense played well, the Patriots really did have to hold on against one of the worst D’s in the league. Where was the 32 point scoring run? The domination?

    Nick Folk lost this one. I can forgive missing a 56-yarder but the other two – especially the one in or very near the red zone – are inexcusable. Either one of those could have been a game changer.Both would have won it. Not taking away from the Bucs other offensive woes but Folk has to go and he knows it.

    The Patriots could just as easily be 1-3. While Bleacher Report will probably move them back to 1st in their PRs (where they had them until week 3, despite a brutal loss and a great performance against one of the worst D’s in the league) based on this “win” this is no SB favorite in my book.

  18. Pats won ugly (even Brady threw an INT that was all his fault – extremely RARE). It was a game they played badly enough to lose but won it thanks to Bucs’ terrible kicking. But I did see two painfully clear-cut late (one very low) intentional hits on Brady that weren’t called while two barely-late body-check bumps into Winston by Pats’ D were flagged.

    Also, each of the few times Pats offense got into any sort of rythym, a Bucs defender went down with a mystery injury – at least 3 times I think. One may have been legit because the guy sat out afterwards, yet in the two other cases those guys came straight back in after one play sidelined but clearly eager to get back in and showing no ill-effects.

  19. officialgame says:
    October 6, 2017 at 7:53 am
    This is not a very good Pats team but they play in the worst division in football and will make the playoffs. From there anything could happen.

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    The AFC East is not the worst division in football, this is a false narrative pushed every year. You also need to consider some numbers – since 2001 the Patriots have won 79% of their games vs. the NFC. They’ve won 82% of their games vs. the AFC South. They’ve won 78% of their games vs. the AFC North and they’ve won 62% of their games vs. the AFC West. Over that same time period they are averaging 8.3 wins a season against teams outside of the AFC East. So even if they were going .500 in their division, they still would consistently be winning 11-12 games a season.

  20. This may have been one of the sloppiest Patriot football games I have watched in the BB era. Penalties, poor coaching, mediocre line play on both sides of the ball, poor tackling, you name it. If Bucs can’t win that game then they still have a long way to go. Not so sure Winston has what it takes to get them to where they want to go. Very inaccurate thrower.

  21. officialgame says:
    October 6, 2017 at 7:53 am
    This is not a very good Pats team but they play in the worst division in football and will make the playoffs. From there anything could happen.

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    That narrative is wrong in many ways.

    AFC East is middle of the pack in divisions over the last 16 years even removing the Patriots. Don’t forget the Jets made back to back AFCCGs and Miami made the playoffs just last year.

    Also, Brady’s record against nearly all the other divisions is the same or better, with the only exception being the AFC West due to Denver.

    There’s no drop inside or outside the division.

    The Patriots often go 4-2 in the division. It’s not like they go 6-0 every year.

    As for the current Patriots team, they just beat a good team on the road. Doesn’t matter how. It’s early in the season and they will continue to improve.

  22. The Patriots lost a top 5 player in the league in Gronk one day before the game on a short week, otherwise this game isn’t close. The Patriots couldn’t adjust their game plan enough to dominate on offense. Don’t forget they dropped 30s on very good defenses..

  23. They talk about sloppy play on Thursday night games due to lack of preparation, but I think the refs were even worse. Other articles love to mention the back to back roughing the passer calls, but the first one was an offensive lineman for Tampa Bay pushing the defensive player into his quarterback. Other penalties were suspect as well.

    This isn’t to put Tampa Bay down, when the refs start calling questionable penalties it brings down both teams and degrades the quality of the football game. If the Bucs had won, you’d be hearing how the refs gave them the game instead of their accomplishments, the pressure they put on Brady, etc.

  24. This is not a very good Pats team but they play in the worst division in football and will make the playoffs. From there anything could happen.
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    You mean like the overrated 3-1 Bills that just beat Atlanta and Denver?

    AFC East 9-7
    AFC West 9-7
    AFC South 7-9
    AFC North 6-10

  25. Pat’s got away with one. Winston looked awful most the game. And the Bucs need to just give up on even trying to kick fgs anymore. Pat’s should’ve lost that game. And I have a feeling Winston is not going to be a long term solution in TB. Too inconsistent, can’t capitalize on have a player like Jax. I believe Evans has often made him look better than he is

  26. Pats undermanned D absolutely dominated the game. Don’t kid yourself. The Pats undermanned offense under-performed, but it should be interesting when Gronk, Burkhead and Mitchell are all back on the field.

    Hightower still isn’t all the way back.

    I am glad BB listened to me and just played a lot of man coverage and battled like I said.

    Sometimes simple is all you need.

  27. Pats sting. Folk saved them. That said, refs controlled the game for 3 quarters. Ridiculous to see that much laundry over ticky tac calls. So sick of seeing hands to the face called on linemen on both sides of the ball. Literally impossible to control. Those roughing calls on Winston were ridiculous compared to some of the shots Brady took after the fact. Both of which I’m fine with so long as the refs legislate them consistently which they didn’t. TNF = laundry.

  28. officialgame says:
    October 6, 2017 at 7:53 am
    This is not a very good Pats team but they play in the worst division in football and will make the playoffs. From there anything could happen.

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    since the league realignment in 2002 (that’s 15 years now), each division has played 360 non-division AFC games. here are win totals by division:

    East – 194
    North – 174 (less than half)
    South – 170 (less than half)
    West – 182

    removing the division winner from those totals:

    East – 126
    North – 119
    South 108
    West – 119

    the division winner’s portion of those wins:

    East – 68
    North – 55
    South – 62
    West – 63

    number of seasons (out of 15) each division won half or more of their non-division AFC games:

    East – 11
    North – 8
    South – 6
    West – 9

    and in the previous 10 years, from 1992 to 2001.

    AFC had 3 divisions: Central, East and West. East and West had 5 teams throughout that span. Central started with 4 teams, added the Jaguars to make it 5, the Ravens became the Browns,then the new Browns were added to make it 6 teams) Because of this, throughout most of the 10 years, not every team or division played the same number of out-of-division, in-conference games. Note that the new Browns were included in 3 of the 10 years.

    During that span, the combined division record of division non-winners against the other two divisions were:

    Central 55-101 (35.3%)
    East 80-86 (48.2%)
    West 77-87 (47.0%)

    Number of times each division’s non-winners, combined, had a winning record / tie record against the other divisions:

    Central 0 winning / 3 ties
    East 3 winning / 3 ties
    West 3 winning / 0 ties

    Btw – in 1999, when the Central had 6 teams, the 5 division non-winners combined for 1 in-conference non-division win in 14 games.

    The AFC East is the worst in football? Not even close.

  29. red says:
    October 6, 2017 at 1:32 am
    Father time has set his eyes on the Patriots QB. No one is scared of this team anymore.
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    Lol, you haven’t been watching have you? Brady has been as great this year as he ever has been. As a team they are working through early year adjustments with all of the new personnel they brought in from free agency and the loss of Edelman. A realistic fan of the NFL has seen this play out with the Patriots over the last 17 years. There’s a large sample size to let you know they’ll figure it out. Check back after week 17 sport.

  30. ajsjr40 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 8:25 am
    This may have been one of the sloppiest Patriot football games I have watched in the BB era. Penalties, poor coaching, mediocre line play on both sides of the ball, poor tackling, you name it. If Bucs can’t win that game then they still have a long way to go. Not so sure Winston has what it takes to get them to where they want to go. Very inaccurate thrower.

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    hilarious

    pats fight off the refs on a short week on the road completey undermanned and somehow it is not good enough

    they played great on d doing just what i said

    chung was a beast

    great game by the secondary

    evans
    did jack as did desean jackson

    doug martin was destroyed in the second half

    my lone complaint is brady’s binky addiction and cement shoes

  31. I have to say, I’m really starting to enjoy Romo’s commentary. He’s like the polar opposite of Phil Simms

    He’s quick, gives insight that is at least equal to Collinsworth or Gruden, but with the added touch of a QB’s perspective. And he’s not afraid to question the ref’s sometimes ridiculous calls. He was basically saying…”let them play”.

  32. The AFC East is the worst in football? Not even close.
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    The AFC East is the worst division in football.

    Its not even close.

    2 teams don’t have a post-season win this century. The Bills haven’t even made the Playoffs since The Music City Miracle.

  33. bobthis says:
    October 6, 2017 at 10:02 am
    Very unimpressive win against a high school team. Pats will lose to the good teams

    /-

    This awesome analysis based on a Thursday night game.
    Games teams don’t hardly game plan for and are usually sloppy.

    If the Patriots would have Blown out the Bucs these same people would be on here saying “oh it was only the Bucs”

    It’s a week 4 win on 4 days rest by the visiting team. And 5 weeks from now it counts the same if the score was 19-16 or 39-14.

    Nothing worse than predicting how a team will play other games in the season because of how they played against a certain team one week.

    #crybabylogic

  34. aarons444 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 10:53 am
    chung was a beast
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    I admired his ability to hold his man. Which happened every time I saw him on screen.

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    That’s not true.

  35. aarons444 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 10:53 am
    chung was a beast
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    I admired his ability to hold his man. Which happened every time I saw him on screen.
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    That a gross over statement. There were a few times for certain but no more than any other DB gets away with every Sunday. Maybe it was to equalize the phantom OPI from Amendola?

  36. The patsies were cooked last night.

    If Folk makes two of those threee chip shots, Bucs win.

    But, he misses, the patsies survive and can’t stop whining about the refs.

    What is in the water out there?

    Chowds are ridiculous.

  37. @flash1287: The only crybabies are the patsy fans.

    Constant, incessant whining.

    The patsies were lucky Folk missed those kicks and they were lucky to get out of there with a win.

    Get it straight, buddy.

  38. mullman76 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:37 am
    The patsies were cooked last night.

    If Folk makes two of those threee chip shots, Bucs win.

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    A 49 and 56 yard “chip shot” LOL

  39. aarons444 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:49 am
    The only crybabies are the patsy fans.

    Constant, incessant whining.
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    Intolerable
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    Y’all mad?

  40. First off I hate TNF..such a bad product. It’s equal for both teams, but I was shocked how bad the Bucs offense looked! Relax patsies, I know the defense played better, this isn’t a shot at you, I know you’re fragile when it comes to criticism. The Bucs just left plays on the field and Winston wasn’t good at all. I thought that was a chance to get another in the loss column for the Pats, though being an NFC game it isn’t as important as AFC opponents

  41. cheek2vegas says:
    October 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm
    First off I hate TNF..such a bad product. It’s equal for both teams, but I was shocked how bad the Bucs offense looked! Relax patsies, I know the defense played better, this isn’t a shot at you, I know you’re fragile when it comes to criticism. The Bucs just left plays on the field and Winston wasn’t good at all. I thought that was a chance to get another in the loss column for the Pats, though being an NFC game it isn’t as important as AFC opponents

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    We’re not really “fragile”. We just don’t like cheating, disingenuous people whether it be Goodell himself or people who enable it.

  42. mullman76 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:39 am
    @flash1287: The only crybabies are the patsy fans.

    Constant, incessant whining.

    The patsies were lucky Folk missed those kicks and they were lucky to get out of there with a win.

    Get it straight, buddy.

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    I am fairly certain a 56 yard kick before half is a poor odds shot to go through.

    And a 49 yarder is no gimme either, especially outdoors.

    Hint: The Pats D recipe is to hold in the red zone to FGs.

    The problem last night was Brady and a sputtering offense with atrocious playcalling by McDaniels when he and Brady don’t have multiple binkies.

  43. terripet says:
    October 6, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Winston terrible the kicker should be cut and the corners playing off slow WRs a joke
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    Which are “slow” receivers?

    Cooks and his 4.33 40 time?
    Hogan and his 4.5?
    Amendola and his 4.58? Though of course he makes his money with quickness, not straight line speed.

  44. mullman76 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm
    @fireroger: I’m not mad.

    And yeah, chip shots.

    This is the NFL, not Friday Night Lights.

    Carry on.
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    I guess that explains why only have the teams have even tried FGs from that far out so far this year? Forget about how many have actually made them. Friday night lights indeed. Since they’re chip shots wouldn’t you think EVERY team would have attempted at least one a game? At a minimum given how easy they are.

  45. Even as an avid Pats fan, I can’t stress enough how much Nick Folk’s meltdown last night bailed us out. With that said though, a lot of people seem to be overlooking the fact that a last second OUT declaration for Gronk forced the Patriots to scrap half of an already reduced gameplan (due to short week) and had he played the Pats probably would’ve finished closer to their season average of 30 PPG which would’ve made this a blowout with the defense allowing only 14 points. Granted Winston isn’t up there with the greats at the position, but this defense has been making average/unproven QBs (Smith, Watson, Newton) look like world beaters so last night’s performance was a vast improvement in my opinion. It was an ugly win for sure, but at the end of the day it was a win.

  46. aarons444 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 10:53 am

    chung was a beast
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    I admired his ability to hold his man. Which happened every time I saw him on screen.
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    Have you ever watched a NE game? Gronkowski gets mugged on every pass route and the refs never throw a flag. I was shocked they actually officiated this fairly this time.

  47. Pats really suck this year and should have lost that game. They will be put in their place come the playoffs, if they actually qualify for them.

  48. The AFC East is the worst in football
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    Actually it’s the strongest over the past 18 years. Be grateful if your team doesn’t have to contend in the big boy division.

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