Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, Arizona Cardinals 27

For the first time in a month and a half, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a football game. They snapped their four game losing streak with a 30-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals that was part of a seven-week stretch between home games at Raymond James Stadium.

Running back Peyton Barber scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:43 remaining in the game.

“Our offense showed a lot of poise, a lot of guts, giving the lead up and then taking it back,” said Head Coach Bruce Arians, whose first home win with the Buccaneers came against the team for which he served in the same capacity from 2013-17. “Then finally, defensively, finishing out at the end. Offensively, we can talk about turnovers, we can talk about penalties, but we made plays to win the game. Putting that many points on the board you should win the game.”

Quarterback Jameis Winston completed 30 out of 48 passes for 358 yards and one touchdown. Although he threw two interceptions, Winston did not make the crucial mistake today.

“We were resilient,” said Winston. “We fought with every ounce that we had and we came up with a win. A big day for the Bucs.’

Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray had a good day. He threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, as well as rushing for 38 yards. Wide receiver Christian Kirk caught six passes for 138 yards and was on the other end of Murray’s touchdown tosses.

McCaffrey was stopped at the goal line as time expires; Packers beat Panthers 24-16

As the snow started falling at Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones rose to the occasion. For the second time this season, Jones scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Packers to a 24-16 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Jones is the first Packers player since Sterling Sharpe in 1994 with multiple three touchdown games this season. Jones also became the first Packers running back since Jim Taylor in 1962 with multiple three touchdown games in a season. Taylor had three such games.

“We all know that Christian McCaffrey is a very talented player, and he’s been mentioned in the MVP race. So maybe it’s time to start talking about Aaron Jones,” said Green Bay Quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

There was 2:25 remaining in the game and Carolina trailed by eight as they scrimmaged from their 11-yard line. Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen drove Carolina down the field, completing a 12 yard pass to on fourth-and-10 with 56 seconds ticking on the clock, as the snow fell and coated the field. McCaffrey was stopped on the goal line as time expired.

Allen on the day threw for 307 yards and two interceptions.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber (25) celebrates after scoring the go-ahead touchdown in an NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo: Associated Press)

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