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Take lead in final minute and lose? First time for Bucs

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September

If Sunday's Bucs loss at the Jets seemed especially painful for Tampa Bay fans, well, from a historical standpoint, it was unprecedented.

Out of 351 losses going back to 1976, Sunday marked the first time in team history the Bucs have taken the lead in the final minute of a game and lost. Across the NFL, it's not nearly as rare -- Jacksonville did it to Indianapolis in Week 3 of last season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Bucs, you'll remember, took a 17-15 lead on the Jets on a Rian Lindell field goal with 34 seconds left, only to see New York -- with the help of a Lavonte David 15-yard penalty -- kick the game-winning field goal with 0:02 remaining for an 18-17 win.

Before that, the latest that the Bucs had gotten the lead in a loss was in 2009, when Cadillac Williams got a touchdown with 1:14 left at Miami, only to see the Dolphins rally for a Dan Carpenter field goal with 0:10 left in a 25-23 Miami victory. Just last season, the Bucs took the lead against Washington with 1:47 left on a Connor Barth field goal, but the Redskins won on a Billy Cundiff field goal with 0:03 left.

Jacksonville's improbably win against the Colts last year came after Adam Vinatieri had kicked a go-ahead field goal with 0:56 remaining. On the next play, Blaine Gabbert hit receiver Cecil Shorts for an 80-yard touchdown in what would end up a 22-17 Jaguars victory. It would be one of only two Jacksonville victories in the 2012 season.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 12, 2013 1:45pm]

    

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