Monday, October 10, 2016

Bucs beat Panthers 17-14 on last-second field goal by Aguayo

Roberto Aguayo's shaky rookie season got a big lift Monday night.
The rookie made up for missing two earlier field goals by converting a 38-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Carolina Panthers 17-14 on Monday night.
Aguayo, the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, had clanked a 33-yard field goal attempt off the right upright and missed wide left from 46 yards that would have given the Bucs the lead with 3:38 left in the game. He was just 3 of 7 on the season before the winning kick.
"Obviously you get a little angry when you miss them," Agauyo said. "You can't dwell on it or you won be ready for the next one."
When asked how comfortable he was with the field position on the final kick, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter replied, "I wasn't comfortable. We couldn't get close enough."
Jameis Winston was 18 of 30 for 219 yards and threw a TD pass to Mike Evans. He also led a 66-yard drive to get the Buccaneers (2-3) into field goal range. A costly 15-yard facemask penalty on Kony Ealy hurt the Panthers along the way.
Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 101 yards on 30 carries in place of the injured Doug Martin.
The Panthers turned the ball over four times, three of those by Derek Anderson, who was filling in for the concussed Cam Newton.
"We moved the ball when we wanted to and had a lot of good things happen, but we had bad plays at the wrong times," Anderson said.
The most costly turnover came late in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 14 and the Panthers having a first-and-goal at the Tampa Bay 2. Anderson inexplicably threw into double coverage in the right corner of the end zone and was intercepted by Brent Grimes.
"If I had it back I would have thrown it away," Anderson said. "That was a difference maker."
The Panthers ruined a memorable night from Greg Olsen, who had a career-high 181 yards receiving on nine catches. Cameron Artis-Payne ran for two touchdowns for the Panthers.
Carolina is now 1-4 after reaching the Super Bowl last season.
"We've got a laundry list of things that didn't go our way," Olsen said. "The reality is, in this league, you make your own luck. You make your own fate. You can't sit around and hope the ball bounced your way. Right now, it's not, but that's just the nature of this league. It goes in flows. There's times where it seems like everything you do is right, the ball bounces your way, but that's not the case right now for us. We've got to make our own luck, because nobody's feeling sorry for us. That's just the reality right now."
TURNOVER PRONE: The Panthers turned the ball over just 19 times last season en route to the Super Bowl. This year they already have 14 turnovers in the first five games.
RIVERBOAT RON: With his team trailing 6-0, Panthers coach Ron Rivera lived up to his "Riverboat Ron" moniker when he went for it on fourth-and-goal from the Bucs 1-yard line. Artis-Payne dove into the end zone to give Carolina its first lead of the game.
BUCS UP FRONT: The Bucs were without starters - Gerald McCoy (calf) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring) and defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle) - out with injuries.
NO LEAGUE MVP: Newton was not on the sideline after sustaining a concussion last week against the Falcons. The Panthers visit the Saints next week before getting a bye. It's unclear if the reigning league MVP will be ready to go.
OLSEN MOVES UP: Olsen moved past Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow for eight all-time in yards receiving among NFL tight ends.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Bucs ran 20 plays to Carolina's three in the first quarter. Anderson didn't attempt a pass in the opening quarter as the Bucs controlled the ball for more than 13 minutes.

Offense choppy, Packers D gets to Giants in 23-16 win

The Green Bay Packers appear to have the makings of a defense that could power a deep run into the playoffs.
It's the offense, for once, that is looking to maintain consistency.
Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, and the offensive line pushed around the New York Giants' front and powered the ground game in a 23-16 win on Sunday night over the New York Giants.
Rodgers was 23 of 45 for 259 yards and also threw two interceptions. Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams each had highlight-reel touchdown catches to help the Packers (3-1) build an 11-point halftime lead.
But the offense was mired by uncharacteristic drops, and couple of big plays were called back by penalties. Mason Crosby kicked three field goals, including two in the fourth quarter.
"It is all about winning," Rodgers said before adding, "We had a lot of opportunities tonight. ... We have to execute in the passing game as well as we're doing up front in the run game."
The Packers' defense, though, kept limiting the Giants.
New York's Eli Manning was 18 of 35 for 199 yards and was sacked three times.
"Defense, particularly our young guys in the secondary, did a heck of a job," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "Run defense was there, pass rush was there. We were able to play good red zone defense."
The Giants (2-3) looked out of sorts until a hurry-up drive that ended with Beckham's 8-yard touchdown catch with 2:54 left.
"We didn't make enough throws or contested catches. We need to play and execute better," coach Ben McAdoo said.
EYES ON ODELL
Beckahm's first touchdown catch of the season stood on replay review after the receiver jumped high in the air for Manning's pass and was ruled inbounds after straddling the back line of the end zone.
Beckham raised his both arms in the air in celebration after watching the replay on the Lambeau Field video board. He finished with five catches for 56 yards.
Perhaps more importantly for the Giants, Beckham didn't throw an attention-grabbing tantrum like the meltdowns he had the previous two weeks against Minnesota and Washington.
STAT LINE
Randall Cobb was the Packers' most consistent receiver with nine catches for 108 yards. With the Giants missing starting safety Nat Berhe because of an injury, Cobb excelled in his specialty of working the middle of the field and turning short passes into long gains.
Cobb appeared to be OK on the sideline after taking a hit to the back of his head or neck on a 13-yard catch on third-and-10 with about 2 minutes left.
SHAKING IT UP
The Packers' 16-play, 75-yard drive to open the game took up the first 8:42 of the game, the team's longest scoring drive by time on the season that ended with a touchdown . Coach Mike McCarthy threw different wrinkles at the Giants by using different personnel combinations on the opening drive, instead of sticking with the usual three-wide receiver combination of Nelson, Randall Cobb and Adams, with Eddie Lacy in the backfield.
HEY ROOKIES
Two rookies teamed up for a turnover late in the first half for the Packers that set up a field goal. LinebackerKyler Fackrell, a third-round draft pick, forced a fumble after sacking Eli Manning on second-and-10 from the Giants 39. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark, the Packers' first-round pick this year recovered the fumble at the 31 with 1:15 left. Crosby kicked a 44-yard field goal with 3 seconds left to give Green Bay a 17-6 lead.
ON THE CORNER
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins had two interceptions in the first half, one coming on third-and-6 at the Giants 21 after a pass deflected off Nelson's hands . It was Jenkins' first two-interception game since his rookie season with St. Louis, when he had two against Arizona on Nov. 25, 2012.
INJURY REPORT
Giants: The battered secondary lost CB Eli Apple to a groin injury in the second quarter. The rookie missed New York's 24-10 loss last week at Minnesota because of a hamstring injury, and had been listed as questionable for the Packers game. ... Dwayne Harris was taken to the locker room two separate times in the second half, for X-rays on his jaw and toe. ... DT Damon Harrison was in the locker room for an unknown injury for much of the Packers' game-opening touchdown drive. He returned for the Giants' second defensive series.
Packers: Backup S Chris Banjo (hamstring) limped off after the opening kickoff of the second half. ... Lacy left late in the third quarter with a left ankle injury. He had 81 yards on 11 carries, including 77 yards on nine carriers in the first half.