Bucs rally, beat Chargers 28-21 for fourth straight win
SAN DIEGO -- The Bucs rallied in the fourth quarter for their fourth straight win, beating the San Diego Chargers 28-21 at Qualcomm Stadium to continue their road magic and move into a tie for first in the NFC South.
The Bucs (7-5) have their first four-game win streak in four years, getting a pick-six from Lavonte David in the third quarter and a touchdown from Jameis Winston to Cameron Brate in the fourth to twice rally back for the lead.
Safety Keith Tandy, thrust into a starting role due to injury, came up with a huge interception in the end zone with 2:56 to clinch the win. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for a key first down to help the Bucs run out the clock on the win.
The Bucs had to play without three key offensive players as receivers Adam Humphries (concussion) and Cecil Shorts (knee) and tight end Luke Stocker (ankle) all left the game with injuries in the first half.
David picked off a Philip Rivers pass that was deflected by Bucs rookie Vernon Hargreaves and returned it 14 yards for his second career pick-six. That gave the Bucs a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter.
San Diego (5-7) answered right away, with Rivers hitting receiver Tyrell Williams for a 40-yard touchdown and a 21-17 lead. Roberto Aguayo hit a 35-yard field goal to cut the lead to 21-20 with 13:03 left in the game.
The Bucs trailed 14-7 at the half, their defense unable to get the takeaways that had fueled their three-game win streak.
San Diego went 75 yards on the opening drive, getting a 35-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to receiver Dontrelle Inman.
The Chargers intercepted Jameis Winston and were in field-goal range before a Gerald McCoy sack backed them up and Josh Lambo missed a 54-yard kick. The Bucs tied the game on the next possession on a 2-yard Doug Martin run.
San Diego led 14-7 after a Melvin Gordon touchdown, and the Bucs missed a chance to cut into the lead before halftime when rookie Roberto Aguayo missed a 31-yard field goal.