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Bills rally to beat Buccaneers 30-27 despite big game from Jameis Winston

Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka boots the winning

Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka boots the winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Robert McClain looks. Oct. 22, 2017. Credit: AP / Adrian Kraus

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White didn’t have much time to stew after allowing Mike Evans to score a go-ahead touchdown.

The next time White took the field, he stripped the ball from Tampa Bay receiver Adam Humphries to set up Stephen Hauschka’s 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to secure Buffalo’s 30-27 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Bills erased a 27-20 deficit by scoring twice in the final 2:28.

“Some of these wins aren’t the prettiest, but we’re finding ways to win,” said White, Buffalo’s first-round draft pick out of LSU. “I wouldn’t want to play with another group of guys. No one’s confidence wavered when we went down by that 7-point thing.”

Bills running back LeSean McCoy overcame his own miscue. Bouncing back from a lost fumble, McCoy scored his second touchdown on a 7-yard run to tie the game at 27.

Add it up and the Bills (4-2) have a winning record through six games for just the fourth time since their 17-season playoff streak began.

“I thought there is a lot of heart in this football team,” said Sean McDermott, who became Buffalo’s first rookie head coach to win his first three home games. “To me, that really personifies this city. Heart. Toughness. Blue-collar.”

The Buccaneers (2-4) found another way to lose in dropping their third straight game.

“We’re fighting, man, we’re fighting,” quarterback Jameis Winston said. “We’ve got to find a way to do it for four quarters, not just two, not just three. Four.”

Winston showed no signs of a sprained throwing shoulder that sidelined him during the first drive against Arizona. He finished 32 of 44 for 384 yards passing and three touchdowns.


Hauschka tied an NFL record by making 12 consecutive field goals from 50 yards or longer by hitting a 52-yarder put Buffalo up 20-13 with 13:31 left in the fourth quarter. The record is shared by Blair Walsh, Robbie Gould, Justin Tucker and Matt Prater. The Bills signed Hauschka in free agency this offseason after he spent the previous six seasons in Seattle. He’s not missed an attempt from beyond 50 yards since missing a 50- and 52-yarder in a 35-6 win over Arizona on Dec. 21, 2014.


DeSean Jackson made an acrobatic catch while also preventing an interception. Facing 2nd-and-6 at Buffalo’s 46, Winston threw a pass over the middle that was initially picked off by E.J. Gaines, who had a step on Jackson. Jackson, however, punched the ball loose , turned and caught it for what led to a 14-yard gain.


Gaines did not return after hurting his hamstring injury midway through the third quarter. Gaines was hurt while attempting to defend Jackson on a deep pass up the left sideline. Jackson made the catch but the 60-yard catch was negated by a holding penalty against tackle Donovan Smith.


Buccaneers: Starting MLB Kwon Alexander returned after missing four games with a hamstring injury.

Bills: LT Cordy Glenn made his first start since Week 2 in recovering from an injury to his right ankle. OT Seantrel Henderson was inactive in his first game back since serving a 10-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

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