TAMPA – After leaving seven points on the field earlier in the game, Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk redeemed himself by making a 34-yard field goal to lead the Bucs to a 25-23 victory over the Giants on Sunday.
Folk, who was signed to replace the erratic Roberto Aguayo during free agency, missed two field goals and an extra point on Sunday, but won the game with his 34-yarder to cap the Bucs game-winning rally.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter set up the opportunity by having quarterback Jameis Winston run the ball to the middle of the field after a 26-yard pass to Cameron Brate set the Bucs up at the Giants 13-yard line.
The Bucs took control of the game early, taking a 13-0 lead on touchdown passes of 6-yards to Evans and 58 yards to rookie tight end O.J. Howard before the end of the first quarter.
Evans first score was set up by a 36-yard run from Jacquizz Rodgers, who struggled to run the ball otherwise but found a crease and broke through the Giants line for a big gainer on the Bucs sixth play from scrimmage.
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The touchdown for Howard was his first in the NFL and it came on a broken coverage play by the Giants, who had given the ball back after going for it on fourth-and-4 from their own 30.
The Giants came back to life one drive later, though, putting together a series that resulted in a 30-yard Aldrick Rosas field goal before scoring their first touchdown of the game.
That came on a 14-yard by Eli Manning, who took advantage of a massive hold in the Bucs defense and ran for what became the sixth rushing touchdown of his career.
The Bucs extended their lead to 16-10 when Nick Folk kicked a 20-yard field goal to salvage a drive in which an apparent touchdown pass to Evans was erased when reviews determined Evans fell just short of the end zone.
The Giants eventually took the lead on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Wayne Gallman, but it was set up by the second of two missed field goals on the day by Bucs kicker Nick Folk.
Folk, who had missed on a 46-yard try earlier in the day, missed on a 49-yard attempt on this occasion and the Giants used that to launch their lead-taking drive.