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Bucs Rally from 21 Down to Top Chiefs 30-27 in OT

It seems like these days for the Bucs, nothing comes easy, and that adage was never more true than Sunday as the team took on the Chiefs in Kansas City. Overcoming a 24-3 deficit in the second quarter, the Bucs rallied and eventually topped the Chiefs in overtime 30-27 to move to 6-3 on the season.

It was a stunning start for Tampa Bay, as they looked up and saw themselves down 21 points with 2:13 left in the first half. They were able to quickly rally for 10 points before the half concluded with a kickoff return from Clifton Smith that made it 24-10, then a field goal that made it 24-13 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Bucs scored on a trick play as Earnest Graham threw a TD to Alex Smith to make it 24-19 after the two-point attempt failed. KC made it 27-19 after a field goal, but the Bucs came back as Jeff Garcia led the team downfield quickly and found Antonio Bryant for a 24-yard score with 19 seconds left.


The team still needed the two-point attempt, and this time they got it as Garcia hit Smith to tie the game at 27. Tampa Bay took the opening kickoff of OT and would not be turned away. Garica hit Michael Clayton for 29 yards on the first play, putting them on the KC 45, then seven plays later Bryant hit a 34-yard field goal for the win.

The gutsy Garcia was 31-for-43 for 339 yards with one TD and a pick. Bryant caught 8 passes for 115 yards and a score, and Clayton had 4 grabs for 57 yards. Graham threw for a score, and had 19 rushes for 62 yards but lost two fumbles.

The team will enjoy the bye this week, then be at home on the 16th to take on the Minnesota Vikings.


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