At New York
1:00 p.m. ET
41 degrees and mostly cloudy
Key Coaching Decision #1: (TB ball, trailing 7-0 / fourth-and-1, NYG 5 / 5:19 Q1)
• The Buccaneers attempt a fourth-down conversion. Rather than give the ball to running back Peyton Barber, Ryan Fitzpatrick attempts to get the one yard for the conversion. He is stopped short and the Bucs turn the ball over on downs.
• Had Tampa Bay kicked a field goal here, they would have got on the board and cut the Giants advantage to 7-3 and given themselves some momentum. Rather, Tampa Bay gets no points on this long drive (12 plays, 68 yards, 6:29) and New York gets the ball back and goes 95 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown, giving them a 14-0 lead.
• Tampa Bay later loses by 3.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (TB ball, trailing 14-0 / fourth-and-1, NYG 1 / 4:56 Q2)
• Similar to Key Coaching Decision #1, Tampa Bay faces fourth-and-oal from the 1. Ryan Fitzpatrick rushes for a one-yard score to cut the New York lead in half.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (NYG ball, leading 14-7 / fourth-and-2, TB 37 / 1:26 Q2)
• The Giants punt here on fourth-and-short from the Tampa Bay 37 rather than attempt a long field goal or a conversion. This was a curious decision as the Giants offense had been playing relatively well. It appears the Giants coaching staff was concerned that a turnover on downs would give the Bucs an opportunity to tie the game before the half.
Key Coaching Decision #4: (TB ball, trailing 24-7 / first-and-10, TB 26 / 6:58 Q3)
• Ryan Fitzpatrick had just thrown his third and final interception of the day, immediately after having thrown a “pick six” and is replaced by one-time starter Jameis Winston.
• The decision to sit Fitzpatrick for Winston pays off as Winston rallies the Bucs, over the next quarter and a half, to four touchdown drives (28 points) to nearly complete a road comeback against the Giants. Winston finished 12 of 16 for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Key Coaching Decision #5, 6 and 7: (NYG ball, leading 31-28 / second-and-8, NYG 35 / 4:09 Q4)
Tampa Bay uses all three of their timeouts when the Giants have the ball and eventually score. By the time Saquon Barkley rushed for a 2-yard touchdown to increase the Giants lead back to 10, the Buccaneers had no timeouts remaining for their final two drives.
• Saquon Barkley had a fantastic game as he finished with 142 yards on 27 carries and two rushing touchdowns. The Giants’ use of Barkley and commitment to the running game opened up the offense and allowed the Giants to generate big plays off play-action passes. The Giants came out in various formations, including in 13 personnel (one running back and three tight ends). Off of “13,” Barkley caught a touchdown pass for the Giants’ second touchdown of the day.