Bucs knock off Chiefs 19-17 at Arrowhead
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Bucs finally got a takeaway, finally got a touchdown and beat the hottest team in the NFL, handing the Chiefs a 19-17 upset Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Safety Chris Conte intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it to the 48-yard line, and Jameis Winston continued his third-down magic, throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie Alan Cross to put the Bucs up two scores with 6:26 to play.
Kansas City drove 78 yards for a touchdown with 2:27 left to pull within 19-17. Tampa Bay got a key pass to Mike Evans -- their 11th third-down conversion of the game at the two-minute warning to help run out the clock. The Chiefs got the ball back with 0:08 left, but couldn't get in range for a field goal.
The Bucs (5-5) had to settle for four Roberto Aguayo field goals in establishing a 12-10 lead, and their defense kept the Chiefs in check the whole game. Kansas City (7-3) had won 17 of 19 games going back to last season, the best mark in the NFL.
Winston threw for 316 yards and the touchdown, but was at his best on third down, going 11-for-13 for 119 yards and nine conversions, also running for a 12-yard conversion on a third-and-10 play.
Facing the No. 1 turnover team in the NFL, the Bucs finally got a takeaway on defense -- with the Chiefs at the 6-yard line and threatening to take the lead, Conte intercepted a Smith pass in the end zone and returned out to the Bucs' 48.
Time and time again, the Bucs moved the ball down the field and into the red zone, only to see drives stall inside the Chiefs' 20-yard line.
The Chiefs went 74 yards on the opening drive, but the Bucs defense held after a first-and-goal at the 4, holding Kansas City to a field goal and 3-0 lead.
Tampa Bay marched to the Chiefs' 17, but Winston had the ball pop out of his hands as he pulled up to throw, and Kansas City recovered the loose ball for the only turnover of the first half.
The Bucs' defense forced two three-and-outs and the offense got two Aguayo field goals for a 6-3 lead. But Kansas City found receiver Tyreek Hill for a 42-yard gain, beating cornerback Alterraun Verner, who was filling in for Brent Grimes, sidelined by an injured quad.
Alex Smith scrambled up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown for a 10-6 lead with 1:13 left in the half, and the Bucs were able to drive for another Aguayo field goal to cut the lead to 10-9 before the half.
In a conservative game dominated by defenses, both teams chose to punt from the opposing 36-yard line, with the Chiefs downing the ball at the Bucs' 4. Tampa Bay drove to the Chiefs' 31, but saw penalties back them up and they punted it back.