Buccaneers 38, Colts 31

November 28th, 2021

What a heroic freakin’ comeback win against a sizzling hot team in a sold out, loud-as-hell dome.

It was a “W” that champions are made of. Wow!

The Bucs survived three key in-game injuries to march their record to 8-3

Ya Gotta Believe!

Consider Joe 100 percent sold.

One of the sloppiest first quarters in recent memory, capped off by the Bucs taking a knee with two timeouts in their pocket at the 25 yard line with 18 seconds remaining on the second-quarter clock, and it was hard to believe the Bucs had a ferocious comeback in their blood.

But they did. Shaq Barrett notched the “triple,” a sack/strip/fumble recovery on the same play to spark the team. And Antoine Winfield, Jr. later delivered with one of the great adjustments on a deep ball you’ll ever see from a safety. His interceptions — and Shaq’s beasting — was just what Tom Brady and the rugged Bucs running game needed to march down the field.

But in reality, the Bucs offense started its comeback late in the second quarter, with an eight-play, 84-yard drive to pull the Bucs to within 17-14.

What can Joe say about Leonard Fournette. The Bucs are now 12-0 when he has 12 or more carries. Fournette was a punishing presence today with 17 carries for 100 yards and THREE touchdowns, plus seven catches for 31 yards and a receiving TD.

Take a bow, Nick Leverett, coming in cold at left guard after Aaron Stinnie went down. He struggled a bit with the noise, but his overall game was strong for a guy seeing his first real action.

And give Mike Edwards a gold star for a game-saving tackle with 10 seconds left.

Damn, Joe is fired up. What a “W.”

91 Responses to “Buccaneers 38, Colts 31”

  1. BradyBucs Says:


  2. DoooshLaRue Says:

    The Fragrant One won!

  3. Tye Says:

    8-3….. GO BUCS!

  4. DaBux Says:

    Playoff Lenny says, no, not today. What a game.

  5. BradyBucs Says:

    Leverett had a nice pull guard block on that long run by Fournette deep into FG range.

  6. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    HUGE Rams fan now!!!! Rams win we have #2 seed

  7. Will Says:

    What a come back win!

  8. mg Says:

    just win, baby

  9. Lesko_Brandon Says:

    Bucs needs to do some soul searching!

  10. Buc4evr Says:

    Time to go to the ER. I about had a heart attack.

  11. danny Says:

    The Bottle of cologne makes it smell so sweat!!!!

  12. SKBucsFan Says:

    Not good for the ol’ ticker

    Defense needs to stay late and practice til tbey puke

  13. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Fantastic! All the injuries, and some suspect Defense.. but Wow this one was special. And as it turns out that same defense saved us! Awesome!

    Way to gut it out boys!!!!!

  14. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Bucs win! All is the right in the world…until the Bucs lose…

  15. BradyBucs Says:



  16. Wesley Says:

    SMB still sucks! Go Bucs!

  17. danny Says:

    …. or sweet …

  18. BuccaneerButters Says:


  19. Buc4evr Says:

    SB Lenny is better than Taylor. Pure power running b

  20. WalkdaPlank Says:

    No mention of the defense giving up not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4 but 5 3rd and longs?

    Todd Bowles almost lost this game for us with horrible defensive coordinating and got bailed out by good players capitalizing on turnovers and Lombardi Lenny making his return.

    We’ll take the W sloppy or not!

  21. Go Bucs! Says:

    Absolute great win. Team effort and clutch plays. This is our identity.

  22. Surfslowson Says:

    Desir was horrible today but he sealed the game

  23. Adrnagy Says:

    Shaq came thru… credit due. Play of the game.

  24. cmurda Says:

    Come on Joe. Ease off on disabling the game thread. That was a crazy ending. Let us celebrate it on the game thread after 3 hours and 21 minutes of excruciating up and down football.

  25. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Wow , now O has to score 40 to win. Did anyone see Desir on the final kick off? He was.jogging down and stopped. He is HORRIBLE pick or no pick.

  26. TheShaz Says:

    I need to borrow that O2 bottle from Gronk after watching that game

  27. firethecannons Says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!incredible game!!!!!!!!!!
    Playoff LennY!!!!!!!!!

  28. BradyBucs Says:


  29. Wimp Sanders Says:


  30. Defense Rules Says:

    The one we can’t afford to lose is Lenny Fournette. He just earned himself a nice contract for 2022 & beyond.

  31. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Lenny was the game MVP

  32. cmurda Says:

    No surf. He was horrible. That was nice at the end but that pass had no chance. We had 3 guys there. He’s doing what he can. Let me not say he was horrible but he was our noticeable weakness in the secondary.

  33. PassingThru Says:

    OK, time to root for the Lambs.

  34. firethecannons Says:

    LFG!!!!!!!!!!! I believe!!!!!!!!!

  35. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This road win against a good team, coming from behind…showed great character.

  36. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Where was Stinnie? Leverette is putrid

  37. Bird Says:

    Bucs anthem wont show up

    I knew when anthem said we would get stomped that bucs would win
    Dude is never right but states he speaks truth

  38. cmurda Says:

    True statements. @DRules and Homer. 100%. He’s such a tough dude, reliable and has good hands but he did have some burst on that last TD run. I manned up and apologized for calling him slow. Still thought Byron was dumb for not having ROJO in near the goal line the previous drive.

  39. Marine Buc Says:

    This was a great team win. Coming from behind to beat a good team on the road while dealing with a depleted roster is quite a difficult task.

    I noticed our offense is much better with Gronk. The dude just knows how to get open and Brady has a ton of trust in him…

    Props to Fornette. He had a great game.

  40. unbelievable Says:

    What a game.

    Awful 1st half by offense and dense at times, but they figured out a way and were able to match the colts physically (though not for all 4 quarters).

    Still a lot to clean up. A LOT.

  41. Jersey buc Says:

    Errr. They suck. Brady sucks. Shut the f up! Go follow another team. Colts were hot. We’re not going to win every game. Gritty , big win today.

  42. PassingThru Says:

    Fournette and Gronk made all the difference in the world.

  43. WalkdaPlank Says:


    I want Stafford to sit (K)Aaron Rodgers down almost as bad as I wanted the Bucs to beat him in the NFC Championship. Can’t stand that guy.

  44. unbelievable Says:

    Hats of to Fournette, RoJo and Gronk in offense!

    And to Edwards and David on defense!

  45. cmurda Says:

    Stinnie got hurt. He was ruled out early. #60 had rough moments but he was tasked with a tough assignment and performed admirably.

  46. unbelievable Says:

    * Hats off

  47. Timbucs2 Says:

    Defense was spotty but special teams was ‘specially bad.

    What a win though, over a hot team. 4-Tuddie Lenny!

  48. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Defense has to get better. They’re pathetic. Anyway you take any win.

  49. Craig Says:

    That was exhausting.

  50. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Wow, that was fun!

  51. FairMinded Says:

    What a win! Best game Leftwich has called in a long time as obviously there’s some strange disconnect going on with Brady and his main receivers. So to get conversion after conversion anyway was awesome to watch! And Go Lenny Go! MVP type game

  52. SOEbuc Says:

    I told you to look out for Bobby Gizzle!!!

  53. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Just let up 31 points to a team that wins running the ball.

  54. Miller5252 Says:

    I don’t see how anyone can say this was a great win. The Bucs didn’t deserve this game. The D had the ball shoved down their throats on that last drive and couldn’t stop them when they needed to. Brady is scared to throw the ball to Evans and Godwin down the field. Last… they showed up around halftime and decided to play. So maybe played with passion for 20 minutes today. They better get some stuff figured out because they ain’t very good.

  55. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Edwards great game-saving tackle…..a return TD there would have been devastating.

  56. D-Rok Says:

    Just win, baby. WIN. As always, much to be picky about and room for improvement, but this team showed heart today. Best win of the season so far?

    GO BUCS!!

  57. TheShaz Says:

    Don’t the Rams have the tiebreaker against us?

  58. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I don’t think Brady is scared maybe Evan’s should look for the ball. Thier routes are taking too long, they need to shorten them up and come back for the ball.

  59. JimmyJack Says:

    What an amazing game!!! Plenty to nitpick but when we needed a big play Shaq stepped up bigtime and the Winfield.

    Gronk is my MVP. Big clutch run by Lenny to close it out.

    Bucs are sitting very pretty at 8-3.

  60. WalkdaPlank Says:


    Mike Edwards is quietly one of the best players on this defense. I thought that guy was GONE to cap off an embarrassing coverage day by the Bucs but Edwards nabbed him. Also forced a fumble earlier too. Two pick 6’s this year as well.

  61. Scottish BucBob Says:

    Did Lenny not have 4 Tuddies????

  62. BucsBeBack (Artist formally known as: BringBucsBack) Says:

    This 10-yard-cushion defense cannot get off of the field without a turnover. Did the Colts’ punter even step onto the field today?

  63. Defense Rules Says:

    Lenny (17 runs for 100 yds & another 31 yds receiving AND 4 TDs) was the hero of this game. Gronk also had a great game (7 receptions for 123 yds), as did RoJo (7 runs for 37 yds AND 1 TD). The rest of our super-stars were relatively quiet. The Bucs’ defense really came through when it counted with FIVE takeaways. Without that, we would’ve lost big time.

  64. PassingThru Says:


    Yes, but the Lambs have a tough schedule. Even if they win today, they’ll likely lose two more games. Green Bay has the easier schedule, gotta hope they go down in flames today.

  65. Francisco Guzman Says:

    The lambs will choke against green bay. I think green bay is capable of beating us .

  66. Merlin Says:

    We’re 8-3. If we sucked we wouldn’t be super bowl defenders and we wouldn’t be 8-3. Honestly if you can’t be happy right now after a win then you’re not a bucs fan

  67. Capt.Tim Says:

    Thats how a SuperBowl Champion wins a game.
    Dont play your best- still win.

    We still need to draft another CB. Still need to add a big safety.
    Need Brown and Davis back.

    Yet we can beat good teams without that.
    This Buc Team is incredible.

  68. unbelievable Says:

    @TheShaz –

    Yes they do, but the Cardinals are still ahead of them in their own division. So Rams winning would mean the Bucs jump to the #2 seed ahead of Green Bay for now.

  69. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Green Bay is gonna win this game. Rams are awful.

  70. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    All I know is that we were almost unanimously looking to this game as a real test of this team. Well we passed.

    It took a while, but the pass rush eventually got Wentz off his game. After losing Dean for the game, our safeties got rolled away from SMB, so of course he got picked on.

    Brady doing Brady things with his 752nd 4th quarter comeback, and then the Fragrant One gets to be the hero of the game. Fun game!


  71. PassingThru Says:

    Lambs took a big step back when they lost Woods. OBJ is no Woods replacement.

    Also their defense seems to be going soft late-season. Again.

  72. FrankPillow Says:

    Watch the film. Gronk was unstoppable today. He routinely punished Colts defenders at the point of attack and popped everyone in sight. A heroic performance by 87

  73. Oneilbuc Says:

    Love these kind of wins this looked like a playoff type of wins!! Defense has to play better though but just like I said the running game does matter regardless who the quarterback is facts !! Go bucs !!

  74. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Stafford can’t beat winning teams.

  75. Defense Rules Says:

    Somewhat ironic that the Bucs ran the ball quite a bit more than the Colts today. Bucs had a 43% run-pass ratio, while the Colts were way down at 30%. And not only did we run it, but we ran it very effectively (Lenny 5.9 YPC and RoJo 5.3 YPC).

    Bucs won the Turnover Battle handily (5-2) & the Penalties Battle (4-6). Both teams had 30 mins TOP so it was apparently a fairly even game … EXCEPT for the Turnover Differential. Ironic too that the Colts lead the league in that department.

  76. Dirty Bucs Says:

    Don’t care how we do it. I’ll take an ugly W all day. 2nd half wasn’t all that ugly though. Go Bucs.

  77. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Throw out the Colts game tying drive in the fourth and Taylor had what? 30 yards?

    If defense could figure out how to get off the field on 3rd and 15 this game would have been a snooze.

    Great win! We gotta get healthy somehow.

  78. Youdid Says:

    Francisco Guzman. You’re a hater. Terribly negative about the Buccaneers all year and all week and during the game chat.
    Go away. You’re a troll. Root for the Jets or Panthers. They deserve your hate.

  79. Bob in valrico Says:

    Glad we won. Not sure what is up with Brady. He isn’t spreading the ball around. Fortunate PI call was one of his biggest plays. Slow start in first half.
    Great effort by the DEFENSE to keep us in the game. Fournette had a heap of “want to” on final drive. Hats off for that effort. Gronk showed he is still a force in this league.

  80. gp Says:

    We game planned for a “run first” team. They game planned for a shaky secondary. We didn’t make our adjustments defensively till the half. They didn’t feel a need to change theirs until the fourth quarter.
    Timing is everything.
    A win at this time, in the season we’ve had, against a surging good team, is monumental.
    Just goes to show how important game planning really is. AND how important it is to be able to adjust part way through.
    Those who are poo-pooing this game as sloppy just don’t understand what they just saw.
    They probably think baseball is just about pitching and hitting too.

  81. DoooshLaRue Says:


    Exactly. I called that yesterday.
    We’re not real smart when it comes to game planning.

  82. Swampbuc Says:

    Lambs trying to give the Pack the game.

    Horrible play call on 4th and an inch – deep backfield handoff. Stafford looks like his old erratic Lions self. And I agree with someone else, given the Rams have the tiebreaker isn’t it better for them to lose? Guidance is needed. Anyhow, great great Bucs win today. That is what champions do. Yes we gave up a kick return at the end but LVD nearly picked the first pass and JTS beat three guys to apply some heat to Wentz.

    Stafford looks like dung.

  83. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Youdid you and Enzo are sone of the worst so called fans up here because no one’s allowed to be negative and because you aren’t you think that makes you a true fan. Please you guys need to get over yourselves. Every last one of us are ecstatic about even the one who said they didn’t deserve this win. I’m a moderate but you must be what far righters call a libtard. We have every right to talk how we want about our team because it’s our team. If you guys don’t like it don’t go up on the live game thread.

    Whether you believe it or not this game is indicative of how this season has been and will be to the end so put on your big boy pants and stop being football girlie men ! Thank you Mr. Terminator for that line!

    GO BUCS !!!!

  84. Ed Says:

    A win is a win is a win. On the Fournette TD that was eventual game winner, Chris Godwin block sealed the corner for Lenny to get in. What a tough dude! He is special. Gronk willed his way to keeping drives alive, catching balls short of the sticks and plowing through defenders.

    It was a difficult day for Bucs defense and they have to tighten it up because the backup corners have a bright yellow jersey that whenever Wentz needed to find an open target the ball went to that target.

    Have to love that they came back despite a horrid defense. The sooner Antonio Brown gets back in the lineup, the more confidence this offense gets.

  85. firethecannons Says:

    where T F is Rod Munch! on such a joyous day as this?

  86. AMI_Chris Says:

    I was extremely frustrated at halftime but it’s a 60-minute game, right? Kudos to the team and the coaching staff. How many times during the Lost Decade would they have won a game like this?

  87. Tvan101 Says:

    Fantastic win like that and Medicated Pete is nowhere to be found….. What a great win.

  88. orlbucfan Says:

    5 turnovers is a big reason why Bucs won. CG14 and Brady turning the ball over in the 1st quarter gave the Colts 10 points. But, the defense came to play even with the injuries. What is Brady’s problem? Did he even look at ME13? Also, Brate was open on several plays. Is Gronkowski Brady’s security blanket?

  89. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    @MILLER5252 – WOW MAN !! FIRST of all , the Bucs weren’t playing the GIANT’S !! Second , they lost 3 starters in the first quarter !! And last time I checked , if you can go on the road and beat a RED HOT Colt’s team , WHY ARE YOU STILL COMPLAINING ?? IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A PERFECT GAME EVERY GAME !! AS LONG AS WE GET THE WIN !! SPOILED AND IGNORANT BANDWAGON FANS !! THAT GOES FOR A LOT OF YOU HATERS !! Are they supposed to BLOW OUT everyone they play ?? The Colts were coming into the game on a 3 game winning streak against GOOD TEAMS !! I SAID THIS LAST NIGHT when all you kept saying ” Shut down Taylor and the Colts don’t stand a chance” . Well I called it would be a hard game and WE WON !! GO BUCS &Go find another team to COMPLAIN ABOUT to all the fake Buc fans

  90. bucschamp Says:

    Darden was disappointing. he’s like a scared kid

  91. Bruce Says:

    I was totally, completely, 100% sober by the end of that game so don’t @me.

    What a friggin’ game. Had it all! 2 stout teams going at it. A super hot team at home against the defending champs, an awesome crowd, garbage 1st quarter football to find their rhythm, momentum kept shifting back and forth, great offense, even better defense, special teams when it mattered, big plays on both sides of the ball for both teams, a come back, a collapse, a hail mary, and most importantly, THE DUB!

    Go Bucs. Ride this game into the sunset baby!!