Sunday, May 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants: How they scored

First quarter
Scores
Giants 3-012:436 plays, 51 yards, 2:17
Lawrence Tynes 37-yard field goal. Key plays: Eli Manning opened the game with consecutive completions to Hakeem Nicks. The first went for 8 yards, the second a 40-yarder down the sideline to the Bucs 22. A short run and two incompletions led to a field goal.
3-38:427 plays, 60 yards, 4:01
Connor Barth 45-yard field goal. Key plays: Josh Freeman hit Mike Williams for 11 yards and one first down then found Vincent Jackson behind the secondary for a 41-yard gain to the New York 31. An incompletion, short run and short completion led to Barth's field goal.

Giants 6-32:5412 plays, 63 yards, 5:48
Lawrence Tynes 24-yard field goal. Key plays: Eli Manning connected twice with Victor Cruz, for 16 and 20 yards, to help move the ball to the Bucs 29. Ahmad Bradshaw added a 12-yard run, and a Domenik Hixon 12-yard reception and personal foul against the Bucs set up first and goal at the 2. But two dropped passes and a false start again left the Giants with just a field goal.



Second quarter
Scores
Bucs 10-613:483 plays, 28 yards, :56
Vincent Jackson 29-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: After LB Mason Foster's pick, an incompletion and 1-yard loss on a Doug Martin run left it third and 11. Freeman hit Jackson down the sideline for the fingertip catch.
Bucs 17-66:192 plays, 13 yards, :47
Doug Martin 8-yard run (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: Again, the defense came up big as CB Brandon McDonald returned an interception 40 yards to the Giants 26. A horse collar tackle added 13 yards. Two plays later, Martin ran around the left end for his first NFL touchdown.
Bucs 17-131:548 plays, 80 yards, 4:25
Hakeem Nicks 23-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick). Key plays: Andre Brown had 40 yards on three carries and Victor Cruz three catches for 11 yards before Manning found Nicks behind CB Aqib Talib for the touchdown. The Giants escaped a first-and-20 hole on CB Eric Wright's hold.
Bucs 24-13:08None
Eric Wright 60-yard interception return (Connor Barth kick). Key play: One of Tampa Bay's key free agent signings stepped in front of a pass intended for Victor Cruz, avoided several tackles and sprinted down the right sideline.


Third quarter
Scores
Bucs 27-1313:145 plays, 14 yards, 1:46
Connor Barth 52-yard field goal. Key play: Arrelious Benn, playing his first game of the season after spraining his right knee early in training camp, returned the second-half kickoff 55 yards to the Giants 47. Doug Martin added 14 yards on two runs, but two Josh Freeman incompletions led to Tampa Bay's second field goal.
Bucs 27-16:3913 plays, 64 yards, 5:40
Lawrence Tynes 36-yard field goal. Key plays: Two penalties against Bucs CB Aqib Talib (holding and pass interference) helped New York get into Tampa Bay territory. An 11-yard Eli Manning-to-Hakeem Nicks pass moved it inside the 20. But a 1-yard run and two incompletions again kept the Giants offense out of the end zone.


Fourth quarter
Scores
Bucs 27-1912:229 plays, 30 yards, 2:59
Lawrence Tynes 24-yard field goal. Key plays: CB Corey Webster's pick left the ball at the Bucs 36. Andre Brown ran for 10 yards, and Eli Manning hit Hakeem Nicks for 14 to the 5 on third and 11. A 1-yard loss and two incompletions forced the kick.
27-276:483 plays, 88 yards, :53
Victor Cruz 80-yard pass from Eli Manning (Andre Brown run). Key play: On third and 2, Manning avoided a blitz and hit Cruz in full stride down the right sideline. He ran in untouched.
Giants 34-273:594 plays, 67 yards, 1:44
Martellus Bennett 33-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick). Key plays: Manning hit Bennett for 14 yards and Hakeem Nicks for 20 before finding Bennett down the right sideline.
34-341:585 plays, 80 yards, 2:01
Mike Williams 41-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: Freeman hit TE Dallas Clark on three straight plays (10, 6 and 20 yards) before lobbing the ball to the corner of the end zone, where Williams outjumped the defender.
Giants 41-34:314 plays, 80 yards, 1:27
Andre Brown 2-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick). Key play: Hakeem Nicks again beat CB Aqib Talib, catching a pass along the right sideline and racing 50 yards to the 11. Brown scored two plays later.

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