It wasn’t pretty, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got back into the win column in Week 13. It took everything the team had to stave off a 1-10 Carolina Panthers team that had fired its head coach six days prior, but wins are at a premium for the Bucs and beggars can’t be choosers.
As ugly as most of the game was, there were a few beautiful bright spots to relish in. Next to the win, the biggest thing that happened on Sunday was Mike Evans continuing to add to his Hall of Fame resume by crossing the 1,000 yard mark for the 10th time in his career.
Not only that, but it marks the tenth straight season Evans reached that milestone. He’s just two more seasons shy from breaking the all-time record held by Jerry Rice, who went over that mark in each of his first 11 seasons in the NFL.
Evans finished the game with 162 yards and a touchdown, and it was his lone score of the game that was almost as big of a high point as setting another Bucs franchise record. Basically everything Evans does at this point sets a new record, but something he hadn’t done before is catch a 75-yard touchdown pass.
He can check that off his list too.
Listen to Buccaneers radio call of insane Mike Evans 75-yard TD
Tampa Bay had led the entire game, but Carolina changed that with a pretty devestating third quarter drive to suck the energy out of both the Bucs defense and the entire stadium. That all changed on the very next offensive play, as Evans needed just ten seconds and 75 yards to pull the Bucs back into a lead they wouldn’t give up twice.
Everything about the touchdown ruled, including Gene Deckerhoff’s radio call of the play.
Deckerhoff has been on the horn for some pretty iconic Mike Evans moments — including the catch where he went over 1,000 yards for a tenth time — but this ranks up there with some of the best. Once again Evans strapped the team on his back and literally carried them to victory, and it both looked and sounded fantastic.
Here’s to hoping that there are plenty more years of this ahead.