The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into Monday Night Football this week with a 5-2 record, while their opponents, the New York Giants, came into at a woeful 1-6. To say the Bucs were favorites here would be an understatement, but they didn’t run off with an emphatic win here. Not at all, in fact, as they were forced to take it by the scruff of the neck and only narrowly came away winners. The Bucs went ahead with a field goal early only to conceded two touchdowns to the Giants to fall 14-3 down. At halftime, it was 6-14, as the Bucs had managed another field goal to get them closer.
Yet another then came, and it was followed by a touchdown for them, giving them a 15-14 lead. Once they led, you felt they’d ease on and win it, but the Giants kept fighting. Eventually, though, the Bucs led 25-17. That’s when Daniel Jones made perhaps the best pass of his career to reduce the deficit to just two. However, the two-point conversion was ultimately denied, controversially, and the Bucs improved to 6-2 via the 25-23 win. Tom Brady finished with 279 yards passing and two touchdown tosses on a 28-40 night, while opposite number Jones was 25 of 41 for 256 yards as well as two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Giants’ loss saw them fall to 1-7, but due to the weakness of the NFC East, they still remain mathematically alive- somehow- in the playoff hunt.