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Buccaneers letting victory fall out of their grasp after 21-point Washington rally

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

After dominating the first half, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are letting Washington back into the game. They've given up 21 points since leading 24-0 midway through the second quarter, as Kirk Cousins has completed a whopping 17 of 20 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown today.

The Bucs implosion started in the second quarter, but really got going in the third when Jameis Winston couldn't get the offense going on his only attempt of the day. A Kirk Cousins drive filled with defensive penalties was then capped off with a touchdown throw to a wide-open Ryan Grant, and they then went with a surprise onside kick to give them some more life. That drive seemed to stall on third down in the red zone -- but a holding call on Kwon Alexander gave them a second chance, and Cousins found Jordan Reed to cut the Tampa Bay lead to 24-21.

Right now Cousins has completed 20 of 24 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, running in a third touchdown all by himself. That's one efficient stat line for a quarterback with eight interceptions on the season and a ridiculously low 6.2 yards per attempt, testament to the Bucs secondary and their impressive skills at blowing coverages every game.

Can the Bucs pull this one out of the fire after making things far too difficult on themselves? Here's your fourth quarter open thread.