Key Moments

9 Key Moments: Browns squander opportunities, can’t overcome mistakes against Buccaneers

1. After a safety tease a few plays before, the Browns’ defense delivered the real thing with 9:18 remaining in the first quarter.

Trevon Coley pushed his way into the backfield and wrestled Peyton Barber to the ground in the end zone. Britton Colquitt and Tavierre Thomas made the safety possible by pinning the Buccaneers inside their own 1-yard line. Thomas downed Colquitt’s kick. Coley’s tackle marked the Browns’ first safety in nearly four years (Oct. 5, 2014).

2. The Buccaneers tricked the Browns for six points on the first play of the second quarter. Jameis Winston faked a handoff to Barber before handing the ball to DeSean Jackson, and Jackson ran 14 yards for a touchdown. Chandler Catanzaro missed the ensuing extra point, however.

3. Christian Kirksey intercepted Jameis Winston with 2:19 remaining in the first half, halting the Buccaneers’ offensive momentum in the process. Tampa Bay had scored on two consecutive drives and drove into Browns territory again before Kirksey’s interception.

Kirksey and the defense changed the game again on the following drive. T.J. Carrie punched the ball out of Cameron Brate’s hands, Kirksey recovered the fumble and advanced to the Buccaneers’ 19 yard line. On fourth-and-2 of the ensuing drive, Baker Mayfield evaded a sack and scrambled for a first down but fumbled backward, giving the Buccaneers possession on downs. The Browns’ defense outscored its offense 2-0 in the first half.

The Cleveland Browns play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Week 7.

4. Myles Garrett forced the third Buccaneers turnover on the opening drive of the third quarter, knocking the ball away from Winston. Genard Avery recovered at the Bucs’ 31, and for the first time Sunday afternoon, the Browns took advantage of an advantage. Mayfield found David Njoku in the back left corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown.

5. Denzel Ward nearly forced a fourth turnover with 1:21 remaining in the third quarter. He knocked the ball out of Adam Humphries’ hands just as Humphries finished a leaping catch, but the pass was ruled incomplete. The Browns unsuccessfully challenged the play, and Ronald Jones lll later scored on a 2-yard touchdown to put Tampa Bay back on top by 14.

6. Baker Mayfield scrambled for 35 yards on second-and-26 with 8:13 left in the fourth quarter. A few plays later, the Buccaneers stopped him on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

7. Jabrill Peppers changed the game with his 32-yard punt return to the Buccaneers’ 16 yard line. One play later, Mayfield threw a game-tying touchdown pass to a diving Jarvis Landry, who extended the ball across the goal line as he skidded across the turf. 

8. The Buccaneers responded with a nine-play, 53-yard drive spearheaded by a 21-yard catch and run by Mike Evans. Catanzaro missed a 40-yard field goal as time expired, however, and the Browns played an overtime period for the fourth time this season. 

9. Peppers changed the game again in overtime — this time for the worse. He fumbled on a punt return with 3:27 left in overtime, and Tampa Bay recovered on the Browns’ 48-yard line. After a pair of sacks, Winston completed a 14-yard pass to Desean Jackson to set up a 59-yard field goal for the win.

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