Good call by Joe Gibbs on fourth down. Bucs are expecting a run, and Brunell runs the naked bootleg pass for a first down to Chris Cooley.
Shelton Quarles over pursues (again) and gives up a first down to Betts. As well as Quarles has played this season, this is something he has done far too often. Quarles made the same mistake last year against the Skins, allowing Portis to run for a long touchdown which sealed the game for the Skins.
Peyton Manning is a huge dork.
Okay, this is the test for Simms. Two minutes left with your team down by a touchdown. This is what makes or breaks quarterbacks. If you can drive down the field for a touchdown you will be a hero, but if you fail you will be the goat of the game. Which one will Simms be?
Damn, definitely a hero.
One of the best Bucs games I have ever seen. Not as good as the win against the Eagles in the playoffs, but it's better than the game to open the regular season the following season against the Eagles.
The story today will be about Chris Simms coming through in the clutch when the Bucs needed him to play big. Mike Alstott showed the nation he still has some gas left in the tank but everyone everyone knew who Alstott was.
Before this game Simms was viewed through two lenses. As the Phil Simms' son and the guy who got replaced by Major Applewhite at Texas. One game won't turn around people's opinions but it proves Simms can win games for the Bucs by making big plays. Just as important Simms did not turn the ball over today. The key seems to be the play of the line who looked better pass blocking but continued to struggle in their run blocking.
This win gives the Bucs some much needed momentum heading into a raucous Atlanta dome next week against a tenacious Falcons team. Simms is still young and will have problems playing in a loud stadium. But let's worry about that next week, for now I'm going to enjoy an exciting victory.