RECAP: Buccaneers fall to Lions 31-23, ending playoff hopes

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DETROIT, Mich. (WFLA) — For the first time in three decades, the Detroit Lions are hosting a postseason matchup at Ford Field after defeating the Rams 24-23 in the Wild Card round.

Now, the Buccaneers are walking into the Lions’ den with the hopes of seeking revenge for their defeat back in Week 6, a loss that spoiled the Bucs Creamsicle throwback.

“It’s going to be huge finishing plays up there. It’s going to be loud. We know it’s going to be loud,” Bucs’ head coach Todd Bowles said about the Lions stadium: Ford Field. “They’re going to be hyped up and they should be. They’re in [the] playoffs. Dan [Campbell] has them playing good football right now, so finishing and not trying to let the crowd get into it too long is going to be important for us.”

FINAL: Lions 31 – Buccaneers 23

2:54: LAVONTE DAVID! Goff passes to Montgomery, but David pushes him back for a loss of 4 yards.

3:09: SACKED! SHAQ ATTACK! Barrett gets the takedown for a 4-yard loss. Illegal use of hands called on Bucs’ Carlton Davis.

4:37: Camarda kicks 65 yards for a touchback.

4:41: MIKE EVANS! Mayfield goes deep to Evans for a 16-yard TOUCHDOWN. This team is not going down without a fight. The two-point conversion attempt fails. Lions lead 31-23.

4:58: Mayfield passes short to Moore for 11 yards.

5:37: Evans picks up a 24-yard completion. 4th & 14 at TB 32 with a little over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

5:57: Mayfield gets sacked for a 4-yard loss. Lions’ Reeves-Maybin and Melinfonwu split the takedown.

6:22: Mayfield to Godwin for 11 yards and a first down.

6:22: It comes down to this. Fox kicks 65 yards for a touchback.

6:26: Goff to St. Brown for a 9-yard touchdown. Lions 31, Bucs 17.

8:17: Goff goes to Gibbs, who picks up 20 yards.

9:05: Goff passes short to St. Brown for 16 yards.

9:44: SACKED! Goff gets taken down by Lavonte David.

11:00: Goff passes deep left to Williams for a 24-yard completion.

11:39: Goff goes short middle to Montgomery for 11 yards.

12:12: Goff passes short left to LaPorta for 3 yards. Bucs’ Jamel Dean was injured during the play.

13:04: Mayfield goes short left to White for 6 yards.

13:21: Gibbs accelerates to the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown. Lions fire back to regain the lead 24-17.

15:00: Goff passes short left to Gibbs for 12 yards.

End of the 3rd quarter: Lions 17 – Buccaneers 17

0:16: FIRE THE CANNONS!! Mayfield passes short to White for a 12-yard TOUCHDOWN! Bucs tie it up 17-17.

0:27: Mayfield passes incomplete to Thompkins.

1:10: MAYFIELD TO OTTON!!! Mayfield passes deep left right to Otton for 27 yards.

2:42: Mayfield passes short to Otton for 9 yards.

3:29: Mayfield throws incomplete to Otton. Rachaad White was injured during the play. Holding called on Lions’ Melifonwu.

3:48: Thompkins runs left for a loss of 6 yards. Offsides called on Lions’ Branch.

3:51: Lions’ Reynolds takes it up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown. Lions, 17, Bucs 10.

5:20: Goff passe short right to St. Brown for 11 yards.

5:40: Goff passes short to LaPorta for 2 yards. Bucs’ Yaya Diaby was injured during the play.

6:57: Goff passes short left to Wright to Tb 26 for 29 yards.

8:22: Camarda punts 41 yards to DET 23. Illegal formation called on Bucs’ Dennis.

8:27: Mayfield throws incomplete to Evans.

9:13: White goes to the left, but gets pushed back for a 4-yard loss.

10:18: Goff passes short middle to Reynolds for 25 yards. Penalty called on Lions’ Montgomery.

11:31: Mayfield gets taken down by Lions’ Hutchinson for a 9-yard loss.

13:39: White goes left for 14 yards.

15:00: Mayfield goes short to Godwin for 12 yards.

15:00: Fox kicks 65 yards from DET 35 to the end zone for a touchback.

End of the 2nd quarter: Buccaneers 10 – Lions 10

0:19: FIRE THE CANNONS! Mayfield throws to Otton for a 2-yard TOUCHDOWN! Bucs tie it up 10-10 as the second quarter comes to a close.

0:27: MIKE.EVANS. Mayfield goes DEEP to Evans for 29 yards. 1st & 10 at DET 31.

0:35: EVANS!!!! Mayfield passes short to Evans for 27 yards.

0:41: Mayfield, on the run, takes the ball for 14 yards. 3rd & 1 at TB 28.

1:28: Rachaad White goes up the middle for 11 yards.

1:40: CALIJAH KANCEY! The rookie takes down Goff for a 4-yard loss. Lions’ Ragnow was injured during the play.

2:00: Goff passed short to St. Brown for 7 yards. The Replay Official reviewed the runner was not down by contact, and the play was REVERSED. Goff goes to St. Brown for 5 yards.

2:29: NO GOOD. McLaughlin misses a 50-yard field goal. Lions 10, Bucs 3.

4:02: Mayfield goes to Otton for 14 yards.

6:44: Mayfield passes deep left to Evans for a 23-yard completion.

6:51: Fox punts 43 yards to TB 13 — fair catch by Thompkins.

7:47: Goff passes short to LaPorta for 12 yards.

9:41: Goff scrambles up the middle, picking up 7 yards before sliding.

10:53: Mayfield goes to Edmonds for 14 yards. Nothing comes of it, and the Bucs are forced to punt the ball for a touchback.

11:19: Mayfield passes short middle to Edmonds for 4 yards. Pass interference called on Bucs’ Otton.

12:33: Fox kicks 65 yards for a touchback.

12:38: Goff passes short middle to Reynolds for a 9-yard touchdown. Lions extend their lead 10-3.

13:57: Goff goes short middle to LaPorta for 15 yards and a first down.

15:00: Goff passes short middle to LaPorta for 13 yards.

End of the 1st quarter: Lions 3 – Buccaneers 3

0:23: Goff passes short right to Cabinda for no gain.

3:44: Gibbs goes left for 6 yards. Lavonte David stops the run.

4:23: NAILED IT! McLaughlin nails a 43-yard FG to put 3’s across the board. Bucs 3, Lions 3.

6:24: Mayfield gets sacked at DET 35 for a 9-yard loss. Lions’ Branch recorded the sack.

7:05: TREY PALMER! The rookie goes on the run to pick up 23 yards. 1st & 10 at DET 49.

7:45: M1K3! Mayfield goes short to Evans for an 18-yard completion!

8:25: Fox punts 65 yards from DET 35 for a touchback.

8:28: Lions put up three on the board with a 23-yard field goal. Lions 3, Bucs 0.

9:08: Montgomery goes up the middle and gets pushed back for a yard loss.

9:13: DEAN! Goff goes incomplete to St. Brown, and the pass is almost picked off by Bucs’ Dean in the end zone.

10:12: Goff passes short middle to Williams for 11 yards. Face mask called on Bucs’ McCollum.

10:17: Goff throws incomplete to Sam LaPorta.

10:33: Holding called on Bucs’ rookie Calijah Kancey.

11:21: Mayfield throws deep, but the pass is tipped and intercepted by Lions’ Gardner-Johnson. He takes the ball downfield for 12 yards.

12:06: Mayfield gets taken down at TB 37 for an 8-yard loss. Lions’ Melifonwu recorded the takedown.

13:34: White goes on the run again — this time, he picks up 16 yards.

14:14: Baker Mayfield passes short to Rachaad White, who takes it up the middle for 8 yards.

14:55: Lions’ quarterback Jared Goff passes short left to Montgomery to DET 32 for 7 yards.

15:00: Bucs’ punter Jake Camarda kicks 65 yards from TB 35 to the end zone for a touchback to start the NFC Divisional Round matchup.

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