Buccaneers Late Fourth Quarter Comeback Falls Short with a 27-24 Loss


After a lopsided first half, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started a comeback with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Adjustments were made at the half and the Buccaneers looked to have found some momentum. A last-minute first down throw from Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill would seal their close game against Tampa Bay.

First Quarter

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs start with the football and have no issue moving down the field. On a great goal-line stand, the Buccaneers get off the field and force a field goal.

The Buccaneers get two stops on third and short and get the ball once again. The offense needs to get going in their second series.

Spoiler alert, the Buccaneers offense punts. Again…

On the very next snap for the Chiefs’ offense, Mahomes completes a 75-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill for a touchdown. The Chiefs continue to exploit Tampa Bay on both sides of the ball.

After another Hill touchdown, he now has 200 yards receiving on the day in one quarter. Chiefs lead 17-0.

Score 17-0 Chiefs

Second Quarter 

This could get ugly, quick. Mahomes starts the quarter with the ball, but a hit Anthony Nelson looks to hobble the Kansas City quarterback.

Shaquil Barrett answers a prayer and forces a fumble in the red zone. The Buccaneers recover on their own 14.

After a deep shot to Rob Gronkowski, Ronald Jones II makes a great catch and runs into the endzone for six. We haven’t seen moves like that since week five against Chicago.

Mahomes continues to pick apart the Buccaneers’ defense but hold in the red zone with three throwaways. Kansas City elects to kick a 29-yard field goal. Chiefs lead 20-7 going into halftime.

Score 20-7 Chiefs

Third Quarter 

The Buccaneers start with the football down 13. Can they turn it into a one-score game?

Well, after a great drive, the Buccaneers stall on a goal to goal situation and are forced to kick a field goal. Tampa Bay trails 20-10 after the opening drive.

Guess who? Tyreek Hill…again. Chiefs lead 27-10. After a prayer is heard by Brady to Chris Godwin to convert on third and 15, Brady tosses up an ill-advised pass that results in a pick.

The Buccaneers defense causes a three and out and Jones bursts through for a big gain. But the turnover bug bites again, and Brady throws another ill-advised pass for an interception.

Fourth Quarter

On fourth down, Tom Brady goes deep to Evans for a touchdown. The Buccaneers now only trail by 10 with plenty of time remaining.

The defense gets another stop, but the Kansas City offense managed to sustain a long drive. With only 6:21 remaining down, 10 points, the offense is in desperation mode.

Brady to Evans is heating up. The two connect on another touchdown to pull the game to within three. With 4:10 remaining, the defense needs to come up with a big stop.

Unfortunately, the Buccaneers wouldn’t see the ball again, as they fall to 7-5 after a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Next up? A bye week that this team desperately needs. The health of this team is something they’ll focus on during this bye week and start game planning for the last quarter of the season. Tampa Bay should be favored in their last remaining games with a big three-week turnaround of inter-division play against the Atlanta Falcons.