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TAMPA BAY 23, PHILADELPHIA 21

Bryant gets off big kick

October 23, 2006|From the Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — Matt Bryant made a 62-yard field-goal try -- the third-longest in NFL history -- to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 23-21 last-second victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The kick ruined a rally engineered by Donovan McNabb after the Buccaneers had built a 17-0 lead, mostly on the strength of two interceptions that Ronde Barber returned for touchdowns. It was the longest of Bryant's career by 12 yards, and came on only his third try of 50 yards or more in five seasons with four teams.

"To tell you the truth, I wasn't expecting even to be given a shot at 62," said Bryant, who had not converted on three tries from beyond 40 yards.

Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam share the league record for the longest field goal -- 63 yards, and Steve Cox and Morten Andersen each have kicked 60-yard field goals.

Bryant said holder Josh Bidwell had just the right thing to say. "As I was lining up to kick it, Bidwell turns around and says, 'Man, just have fun.' And that's what I did."

McNabb rallied the Eagles (4-3), throwing one of his three late touchdown passes after Philadelphia was forced to take a timeout when the quarterback became ill and started throwing up between plays.

Brian Westbrook scored on a 52-yard reception to put Philadelphia ahead, 21-20, with 33 seconds left.

Rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski drove the Buccaneers (2-4) to set up Bryant's kick.

McNabb completed 22 of 35 passes for 302 yards and three interceptions -- one more than he threw in Philadelphia's first six games combined. He was given fluids after the game for dehydration.

The Eagles out-gained the Buccaneers, 506 yards to 196, but had four turnovers to zero for Tampa Bay.

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