Say what you want about the injuries to Quincy Black and Gerald McCoy, the recent migration of talented Bucs players to the IR or any other misfortune to have hit the Bucs in recent weeks, they got it all back on one play in DC.
After a rather confusing series in which Fox confused everyone in TV-land about a possible fifth down, the Redskins score to go within a point of tying things up. At that point, everything favored the ‘Skins. The momentum, the elements, the home-field advantage and the Bucs complete inability to stop Ryan Torain and the Washington ground-game would have put the Redskins in excellent position to win in OT and deal a devastating blow to the Buccaneers playoff chances.
Instead, providence interceded and the Redskins botched the snap, the holder couldn’t handle a ball that came in a little too hot for him and the Redskins ended up losing the ball all together. The result was an ugly, 17-16 Buccaneers victory and the chance to keep hope alive and play another week.
The Bucs improved to 8-5 yesterday and it wasn’t pretty. It took two missed field goals and a botched extra point, but a win is a win and in the NFL winning lucky always beats losing well. The Bucs have a lot of questions moving forward, but they also have a playoff pulse. And with winnable home games against Detroit and Seattle the next two weeks, things still look decent for Tampa Bay to get into the playoffs. They can’t have another effort like they did in Washington though.