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Winston throws 5 TDs as Bucs rout Eagles, 45-17



PHILADELPHIA -- Behind record-setting days from Jameis Winston and Doug Martin, the Bucs are back at .500 (5-5) after a 45-17 rout of the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Martin rushed for 235 yards -- second-most in team history and second-most ever against the Eagles -- and Winston tied an NFL rookie record with five touchdown passes, also matching the Bucs' team record. Winston hit five different receivers as the Bucs won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly two years.

Bucs linebacker Lavonte David intercepted two passes, returning the second 20 yards for a touchdown to punctuate the win with 4:16 left.

The Bucs actually trailed 7-0 early, but a 58-yard run by Martin set up a 4-yard touchdown from Winston to receiver Mike Evans. Then there were touchdown passes to Vincent Jackson and Russell Shepard for a 21-7 lead. After the Eagles scored to cut the lead to 21-14, the Bucs went 80 yards and scored on a Winston touchdown to running back Charles Sims for a 28-14 lead with 1:05 left in the half.

The Bucs had 355 yards of total offense in the first half -- the second-best total of any half in Bucs history, trailing only a 1980 game with 374 yards in the second half against the Vikings. That game is the only one in franchise history with more total yard (573) than the Bucs finished with (523) on Sunday.

Already dominating in time of possession, the Bucs held the ball for the first 9:47 of the third quarter, grinding out a 15-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Winston hitting tight end Cameron Brate for a 35-14 lead. That touchdown matches the NFL rookie record set by the Lions' Matt Stafford, and matches a Bucs franchise record, held by Josh Freeman, Brad Johnson and Steve DeBerg. He finished 19-for-29 for 246 yards with the five touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Bucs haven't been at .500 this late in a season since Dec. 2012, when they were 6-6 on the way to a 7-9 record. The Bucs travel to face the Colts next week, still very much in the NFC wild-card picture after starting this weekend two games back.

[Last modified: Sunday, November 22, 2015 4:13pm]


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