TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN Sports) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put an end to their two game losing streak with a 30-10 victory over the New York Giants in tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup.
The game marked the return to the field of the Bucs’ TE Rob Gronkowski and the Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley. Gronk suffered cracked ribs and a punctured lung in week 3, and briefly returned to the field in week 8, but only lasted six snaps. Barkley suffered an ankle injury in week 5. Tampa Bay got off to a quick lead with a 13 yard Tom Brady pass to WR Chris Godwin, and K Ryan Succop extra point. The Giants’ next scoring drive ended with a 37 yard K Graham Gano field goal, and the first quarter ended with the Bucs leading 7-3.
Early in the second quarter, the Bucs’ Ryan Succop added three points to the home team’s lead with a 25 yard field goal. The Giants later capitalized on an interception of a Tom Brady pass intended for Mike Evans, that later led to a two yard touchdown pass by Daniel Jones to Andrew Thomas, and Graham Gano extra point, tying the game at 10-10. Bucs RB Ronald Jones II later ran the ball for a six yard touchdown, followed by Ryan Succop extra point, putting the Bucs up 17-10 heading into the half.
At halftime, the Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker honored the Buccaneers’ class of 2021 representative, John Lynch, who addressed the crowd, with his family by his side. Lynch also expressed support for fellow Buc, Ronde Barber, who has not yet secured his place in Canton.
Midway through the third quarter, Mike Evans made Tampa Bay Buccaneers history, with his 72nd career touchdown, on a 5 yard pass from Tom Brady. Evans broke the team record of fan favorite Mike Alstott for the most TDs. Ryan Succop’s extra point, later followed by another field goal, extended the team’s lead to￼ 27-10 at the end of the third quarter.
A 30 yard field goal by Ryan Succop in the fourth quarter brought the score to 30-10, the final score. Tom Brady finished with 307 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Leonard Fournette led the rushing with 35 yards. Mike Evans finished with 73 receiving yards and his record breaking touchdown.
The Bucs begin a two game road trip, playing the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. The following week, the team travels to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.