It was a lesser-known name, however, who had the biggest play in the win.
“He had a heck of a ball game,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said of Edwards and the interception. “Mike’s a baller. He’s going to be out there and you know when he’s out there, he’s going to make a play. That was a huge play.”
At the time, Tampa Bay was leading 17-0 in the final moments of the first half. With Philadelphia in possession of the ball and looking to put together its first scoring drive of the game, a touchdown would have been a big swing as the team was also set to receive the second-half kickoff.
Two plays prior to this one, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts found wide receiver Quez Watkins for a 35-yard gain, getting the ball down to the Bucs’ 27-yard line.
Momentum was building a bit for Philly, and a late first-half touchdown would have tarnished an otherwise dominant start to the game for the Buccaneers.
“DeVonta (Smith) got open on the play,” Hurts told media when discussing the turnover after the game. “I was expecting a look – the safety to come off the hash. I couldn’t get it up as soon as I wanted to, got it up there a little late and the safety made a good catch on it on the sideline.”
That safety was Edwards, but as Hurts said, the play came open originally thanks to an ankle-breaking move by rookie DeVonta Smith who was matched up against Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean.
As Dean ended up down on the Raymond James Stadium grass in what could have been a big lowlight for the defensive back, his teammate came flying into the screen, to save the day.
“I owe Mike [Edwards] a steak dinner,” Dean said after the game.
Hopefully, Edwards gets that steak after saving his teammate and making the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ play of the game.
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Mike Edwards Interception
Mike Evans Touchdown Catch
Shaq Barrett Interception
Scotty Miller Forced Fumble, Recovered by Ross Cockrell