Turning Point: Bucs vs Steelers
The stage was set. Tampa, Florida. The 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing off against the 0-1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
The Pittsburgh Steelers came in to this Game desperate looking for their first win after a tie against the then winless in 635 days browns and losing to rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. the Buccaneers came into this game quite the opposite. 2-0 after shocking the league with back to back wins over the Saints and Defending super bowl champion eagles.
Number one passing attack in the NFL with the NFL’s leading WR in yards with Desean Jackson at 275.
For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the game started off just as well as they could’ve hoped. The Buccaneers forced the Pittsburgh Steelers to go three and out on the open position and then after a pick by Justin Evans with 9:55 left in the first, marched down the field and score the games opening touchdown on a throw from Fitzpatrick to Brate, his first of the season.
That’s about as much action as we saw from the buccaneers offense for the first HALF, as they went into halftime trailing 30-10.
This game Had seemed like it would be a shoot out for 60 minutes, but the turning point came with almost 9 minutes left in the second quarter when A Fitzpatrick to godwin catch ended up as a fumble with a steeler defender getting his helmet on the ball.
This then led to an Antonio Brown 27 yard touchdown on a missed tackle by CB Brent Grimes, who played his first game this Season Monday after suffering a groin injury in the preseason, that put the Steelers up 16-7.
Within the next 5 minutes of game time, Fitzpatrick had thrown 3 interceptions. One had came off a tipped pass in the red zone, another a total overthrow, and the last inside the Bucs own 10 yard line that was returned for a pick-6 by Steelers LB Bud Dupree, putting the Steelers up 23-7 late into the second quarter.
The Buccaneers responded with a 50 yard bomb to Mike Evans to put the Bucs in the red zone at the 5 yard line, but settled for a field goal after a dropped touchdown pass by Chris Godwin. The Buccaneers then gave the ball back to Big Ben with less than a minute in the second half.. and the buccaneers defense could not stop the Steelers. With 6 seconds left in the half, Ryan Switzer caught a TD pass from Big Ben and the Bucs found themselves in a 30-10 hole going into the half.
The third quarter was quite stagnant, as the Buccaneers held the Steelers from scoring anymore points as Kicker Chris Boswell missed a FG and the Bucs managed to tack on 3 more points. The beginning of the 4th quarter is when Fitzpatrick turned himself back into Fitzmagic. He led a masterful drive down the field that was capped off with a Chris Godwin touchdown pass with 11 minutes left in the game. A few drives later, Pittsburgh punted the ball to Desean Jackson, who ran back a would-have-been touchdown 84 yards but was negated by a questionable Isaiah Johnson holding call.
Fitzmagic wasn’t done yet, as he threw a dime to WR Mike Evans with 5:45 left in the game to pull the Buccaneers within 3 points.
The Buccaneers forced a punt by the Steelers with a little over 3 minutes left in the game, but went 3 and out on 3 missed throws by Fitzpatrick. The Buccaneers defense was then unable to stop Big Ben and their Air attack as Juju smith-schuster had 2 clutch catches to close out the game. The buccaneers defense struggled all night to tackle Steelers QB Ben Roethisburger.
Although this game came down to the final minutes, the turning point of this game was the four turnovers committed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that they were unable to overcome. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed us how good they could be with the Second-half performance they had and will probably carry that momentum into Chicago this coming Sunday as a take on Kahlil Mack and the Bears as both teams look to improve to 3-1.
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