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Buccaneers trailing Giants in one-score slugfest

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trailing the New York Giants 20-12 as we head to the fourth quarter in Tampa.

Going into the second half, the Bucs had the opportunity to tie the game on their first offensive drive. Instead, Charles Sims coughed up the ball and the Giants recovered. The defense responded by forcing the Giants to kick a field goal, with Sterling Moore knocking down a third-down pass intended for Odell Beckham Jr. That was a big win for the Bucs defense.

The subsequent drive saw Jameis Winston unleash some terrific throws, but Mike Evans dropped an underthrown deep ball and Doug Martin dropped a third-down pass to force Connor Barth to kick a 53-yard field goal. Barth nailed that one, to bring it back to a one-score game. The Giants then seemed to get back into scoring position, but a beautiful Alterraun Verner interception (his first of the year) gave the Bucs life again. Two Mike Evans drops led to the game's first punt, though.

Can the Buccaneers pull out their second home win under Lovie Smith? Here's your fourth quarter open thread.