Eagles Score Closes Game

The Buccaneers defense stood their ground when it mattered most. After cutting the lead to five, the Eagles got the ball back with 2:44 left in the game, needing a touchdown to take the lead and likely fly back to Philadelphia with a win.

On the first play, from their own 36-yard line, Nick Foles connected with Jeremy Maclin for a four-yard gain. Ronde Barber came up with the stop. On second down, Foles dropped back for the pass again, he was flushed out of the pocket and sacked by Michael Bennett, his second of the game. With third-and-long to go, however, Foles stood strong in the pocket and hit Maclin for a 23-yard gain and first down.

On the ensuing first-down play, Foles’ pass fell incomplete, but CB Danny Gorrer was called for defensive holding, giving the Eagles another first down at the Bucs’ 40-yard line.

A deep shot on first down harmlessly hit the ground well long of its target. Second down fell between the two safeties for another incompletion. Third-and-ten from the 40 yard line got the crowd on its feet. Foles dropped back, faked the handoff to Bryce Brown who threw a nice block, and hit Maclin on a screen to the left, who took off up field for a gain of nine, bringing up fourth down.

With one yard to go for the first down, on fourth down, Foles dropped back, saw an opening and scrambled for the first, sliding right after crossing the marker. First down at the 28-yard line. Too many men on the field moved it five yards closer.

First down, incomplete. Second down, incomplete, Third down, incomplete and nearly intercepted.

Fourth down with 16 seconds left in the game. Foles drops back and has time. He connects over the middle with Jason Avant who gets tackled at the one yard line. The Eagles ran to the ball and spiked it with :02 on the clock.

With one play left, Nick Foles rolled to the right and found Jeremy Maclin one more time five yards deep in the end zone, sliding out of bounds. After review, it as confirmed that Maclin caught the ball, had possession with one knee down in the end zone.

The Eagles come out with the last-second victory in Tampa, 23-21.

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