Bucs QB Jameis Winston, WR Mike Evans set National Football League records in win

Dean Simpson
January 1, 2018

"We didn't finish the game the way we would've liked to have".

The Saints were leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 at the time of this post in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Johnson recovered it and returned it for a 7-yard touchdown.

He converted a fourth-and-10 from his own 5 yard line with a 12-yard completion to Cameron Brate and threw 9 yards to Mike Evans on third-and-1 to keep the drive going at the Tampa Bay 35. The Bucs had used all three of their timeouts on the previous New Orleans drive and faced a precarious situation at the two-minute warning.


After the Bucs had taken a 24-20 lead and pinned the Saints on their 8-yard line following the kickoff, the Brees-led offense effectively sliced through Tampa Bay's defense. Saints' safety Vonn Bell had just forced the Tampa Bay punt when he sacked quarterback Jameis Winston for an 11-yard loss.

Brees completed 5-of-6 passes for 57 yards during the 13-play, 92-yard drive, including a 3-yard touchdown to running back Zach Line with 7:13 remaining.

The Pro Bowlers were already the only teammates in National Football League history with 1,300-plus scrimmage yards & more than 10 touchdowns in same season.


While Winston's strike went to Chris Godwin and not Evans, it did, however, break Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino's record for most touchdown passes before a player's 24th birthday.

Patrick Murray, whose missed an extra point in the second quarter was the difference on the scoreboard when Winston launched the winning drive, made a 42-yard field goal to help the Bucs pull within 24-23 with four minutes left. He was stopped initially, but second and third efforts got him across.


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