October 21, 2018 / 9:23 PM / 24 days ago

Catanzaro boots 59-yard FG as Bucs edge Browns in OT

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Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 59-yard field goal with 1:50 left in overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 26-23 win over the visiting Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Catanzaro missed a chance to win it in regulation when his 40-yard attempt sailed wide right as time expired.

The Buccaneers (3-3) won despite committing four turnovers and allowing a safety. The Browns (2-4-1) participated in their fourth overtime game of the season.

Cleveland committed just one turnover, but it was costly as Jabrill Peppers fumbled a punt return in overtime to hand the ball back to the Buccaneers and Jameis Winston.

Winston and the Bucs were able to gain only 7 yards in six plays, but that was enough for Catanzaro to earn redemption with the game-winning kick.

Rookie Baker Mayfield threw two second-half touchdowns and rookie Nick Chubb rushed for another as Cleveland rallied from a 16-2 halftime deficit to tie the score at 23 with 2:28 left in the game.

Both teams committed turnovers in overtime. Jamie Collins intercepted Winston in Tampa Bay territory, but Mayfield was unable to move the ball.

Winston and the Bucs came into the game with the league’s second-ranked passing attack, but it was on the ground where they did most of their damage.

Winston completed 32 of 52 passes for 365 yards, but he did not pass for a touchdown and was intercepted twice. He was the team’s leading rusher with 55 yards and one score.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson rushed for a touchdown as did rookie Ronald Jones as Tampa Bay compiled a 456-305 edge in total yards.

Mayfield completed 23 of 34 pass attempts for 215 yards and two touchdowns, one to David Njoku and the other to Jarvis Landry.

Despite controlling the game and dominating statistics, the Buccaneers couldn’t shake the Browns, and they had no one to blame but themselves.

The Browns’ opportunistic defense struck first.

After a punt on their first possession and downing the ball on the Buccaneers’ 1-yard line, linebacker Christian Kirksey stuffed Peyton Barber in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 Browns’ lead.

After Catanzaro’s 38-yard field goal gave the Bucs their first lead at 3-2, Jackson ran 14 yards for a score and a 9-2 lead after the point after attempt hit the right upright.

On Tampa’s next possession, Winston scrambled 14 yards for another touchdown and the Buccaneers were up 16-2.

Tampa Bay outgained the Browns in the first half, 243 yards to 74. Tampa Bay recorded 17 first downs to just three for Cleveland.

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