The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense is not playing good football today. Or, to be more precise: the Bucs passing offense is not playing good football—Doug Martin is doing just fine.
So when the Bucs got the ball down 13-7 at the end of the first half, no one expected them to pass their way into field goal range, let alone a touchdown. And sure enough they didn’t. Instead, the Patriots just gave them 30 yards on penalties to set up a 56-yard field goal.
The Bucs were on their own 27-yard line with nine seconds left in the first half, and for some reason didn’t decide to just kneel it out and go to the locker room. No, I don’t get it either.
It almost worked out, though. First, Deatrich Wise hit Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston well after the ball was out, prompting the refs to hand the Bucs 15 yards on a roughing-the-passer call. And rightly so—it wasn’t a hard hit, but it sure was an extremely late one.
That didn’t get the Bucs into field goal range, and with just two seconds left they couldn’t really do anything except run a desperate Hail Mary. Which they did, and whiffed on—only for Cassius Marsh to get in a late hit on Jameis Winston. Rinse, repeat, 15 more yards.
And that’s how the Bucs got a free field goal despite being 73 yards away from the end zone with just nine seconds left in the game. Too bad Nick Folk missed the 56-yarder.