By Dr. Valerie Wardlaw – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now 10-3 for the season after defeating the Buffalo Bills in overtime 33-27. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady completed a 58-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Breshad Perriman to clinch the overtime win. “Tom threw an amazing ball, and the rest is history,” said Perriman. “39 [Levi Wallace], he was running pretty fast too, so I was like, man, I’ve got to pick it up and get going.” The Bills have not beaten the Bucs in Tampa since 1991 and that trend continued Sunday.
The Buccaneers dominated the Bills in the first half with a 47-yard touchdown run by running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette would complete the day with 19 carriers, 113 yards and one touchdown. The Buccaneers would score again on a Ryan Succop 23-yard field goal and Brady would connect with Mike Evan on a 13-yard pass. Brady got into the action with a goal-line touchdown. The Bucs had 303 yards of total offense and sacked Bills quarterback Josh Allen three times prior to half-time.
The Bills regrouped and roared back after the half putting up 17 unanswered points to force an overtime contest. Bills QB Josh Allen ran for an 18-yard touchdown and threw scoring passes to Dawson Know and Gabriel Davis. Tyler Bass tied the game, kicking a 25-yard field goal. Despite the best efforts of Allen, the Bills would fail to prevail. “We knew what was at stake,” said Fournette. “We kind of let them back in the game. At the end of the day, to see BP finish up with that home run…he just got here. That’s amazing. To see him and Tom work after practice, that’s paying off right there.” Perriman first joined the Bucs in 2019 but would leave the team after securing a lucrative free agency deal with the New York Jets. Perriman would sign with the Detroit Lions only to end up on the chopping block with the Chicago Bears. On his return to the Bucs, Perriman said, “I can’t even put it into words. It’s really a blessing. From just how my year had been going so far – I can’t really put it into words. I’m just thankful to God, and my teammates make me feel like I’m on top of the world. It’s a great feeling.”
With this win, the Bucs are inching closer to a possible NFC South title. “I’m obviously very happy with a good team victory,” said Head Coach Bruce Arians. Overall, they’re a very good football team and so are we.” Up next for the Buccaneers – a “Sunday Night Football” matchup with the New Orleans Saints (6-7).