Antoine Winfield Jr parted a two-point convertible pass from Daniel Jones to Dion Lewis which saw a flag for pass interference picked up by officials as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a 25-23 victory ahead New York Giants on Monday night.
Jones was late to give Lewis a pass in a two-point effort and threw the ball into Lewis’s back shoulder. Winfield made slight contact with Lewis before the ball arrived and the flag being launched in the play was finally raised after a meeting of officials. Tampa Bay then regained strength shortly thereafter to leave New York with a two-point win.
This is only the ninth time an NFL game has finished with the score 25-23. Similar results happened when these two teams met in 2018 when the Buccaneers took a 25-23 victory over Giants in Tampa.
The Giants took a surprising lead over one of the favorites to win over NFC only to see it slip one way in the second half.
Jones’s two interceptions in the second half allowed Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to rally from a 14-3 deficit to a 25-23 win over the Giants.
Brady himself was not too sharp, but the second-half ball swings from Jones were crucial for the Giants.
After a goal at Ryan Succop at 37 yards that gave the Buccaneers the lead, Ronald Jones lost a fumbling deep into Tampa Bay territory that led to a loss to the Giants. Jones headed back to Dion Lewis for a 7-yard score as the Giants took a 7-3 lead. A 10, 77-yard shot led by Jones ended in a 2-yard Wayne Gallman touch as the Giants lead to 14-3 with 1:46 remaining in the first half.
Succop converted into a goal at 40 yards before the first half as New York had a 14-6 lead.
Jones was intercepted by Carlton Davis in a throw-in that forced Sterling Shepard in New York’s opening game of the second half. The turnovers resulted in a 43-yard Succop goal as the lead was shortened to 14-9 five minutes into the third half. After the Giants’ treble, Brady drove the Buccaneers to their first crash that night. Rob Gronkowski caught a 3-yard touch from Brady as Tampa Bay took a 15-14 lead.
A 33-meter-long Graham Gano goal put New York back in the lead, but Jones’s second strike led to another Tampa touch. Sean Murphy-Bunting picked up Jones’s pass after Golden Tate and the capitalized Buccaneers. An unnecessarily rough call to Isaac Yiadom as a hit on Cameron Brate helped get the Buccaneers to the Giants’ 8-yard line. Brady then linked up with Mike Evans on his next play in an eight-yard touch as Tampa Bay led 22-17.
Brady completed 28 of the 40 279-yard passes and two touches on the night for Tampa Bay.
Succop will convert his fourth kick of the night from 38 yards to make it 25-17 at 3:41.
Jones and the Giant then managed to manage one last shot for a chance to take the game into extra time. A fourth key switch down to Shepard kept the drive alive and Jones hit Tate in a 19-yard touch with 28 seconds left to close within two. Winfield’s farewell to the region finally put an end to New York’s chances.
Jones completed 25 of 41 256-meter passes with two touches and two interceptions.