TAMPA, Fla. — Football season is back and, naturally, kickoff is where the champs play.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Dallas Cowboys at 8:20 p.m. Thursday from Raymond James Stadium. Refresh this page for updates.
11:53 p.m.: A field goal ends up being the deciding factor. Bucs win a nail-biter 31-29.
11:40 p.m.: Cowboys take the lead with a late field goal. Bucs trail 29-28 with under two minutes left in the game.
11:24 p.m.: Tampa Bay commits its fourth turnover. Cowboys recover a fumble with 4 minutes left in regulation.
10:56 p.m.: Cowboys respond once again. Dallas still trails Tampa Bay 28-26.
10:46 p.m.: Another Brady, Gronk connection. Bucs make it 28-19.
10:35 p.m.: Dallas cuts Tampa Bay's lead to just two points. A field goal makes it 21-19, Buccanneers.
9:48 p.m.: Brady goes deep and finds Antonio Brown near the end zone. Bucs retake the lead 21-16.
9:45 p.m.: A field goal gives Dallas the lead with just under four minutes left in the half. Bucs trail 16-14.
9:42 p.m.: Cowboys interception. Fournette lets a pass slip through his hands and Dallas takes advantage. Bucs now have two turnovers.
9:39 p.m.: Cowboys score a touchdown but the extra point just misses the mark. Bucs hold on to their lead 14-13.
9:17 p.m.: It never gets old. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski connected for a touchdown. Bucs lead Cowboys 14-7.
8:52 p.m.: Cowboys respond with a touchdown of their own. The game is tied 7-7 with over a minute left in the first quarter.
8:43 p.m.: After starting their drive on their own six, the Bucs march down the field for a touchdown. Bucs lead Cowboys 7-0.
8:24 p.m.: It's game time! Bucs start their quest for back-to-back Super Bowl titles after receiving the ball to start the game.
7:50 p.m.: The GOAT takes some practice reps before playing in his 22nd season in the NFL.
Scroll below for a preview of the Bucs/Cowboys matchup.
“We’re miles ahead of what we were last year," Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans said before the 2021 season opener.
Evans, who has been adamant that this is his best training camp to date, is on the verge of setting a major Bucs' record this season. He will pass Mike Alstott for most touchdowns in franchise history if he gets 10 touchdowns this season.
Evans is not the only wide receiver ready to have a big game against the Cowboys and a strong 2021 season.
Antonio Brown has caught the attention of the coaching staff and players all camp long.
"He’s shown you the seasons he is capable of having. He’s shown what he can do on a year-in, year-out basis. I’ve known him for a while," Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said on Aug. 17th.
"I tell people all the time I really like AB. I’ve been a big brother to him for a long time now. It’s excellent to see him be a part of this. It’s excellent to see him out on the grass."
The Bucs offense will face one of the NFL's worst defenses statistically last year. Only four teams in the league allowed more points per game than the Cowboys in 2020.
This game could feature an early-season offensive explosion with how much talent the Cowboys have on offense.
“I think whether they score or not, we feel like that’s our job. Coach doesn’t put us out there to punt. We want to go out there and score points too. They’re going to move the ball, they’re going to have some yards," Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said.
"Our defense – we both have to do a good job in the red area and it’s always about points. You win or lose based on points. They do a good job of moving the football. If they score, then we have to score too. We’re going to try and score every time we have the ball.”
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