THERE GO THE PLAY­OFFS

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SIT­U­A­TION: Bucs needed to beat the Saints in Week 16 last sea­son to help se­cure an NFC wild-card play­off spot. Trail­ing 13-7 and fac­ing se­cond and 11 at their 3-yard line to start the se­cond half, coach Dirk Koet­ter or­dered a deep- shot play to Mike Evans.

OUT­COME: Koet­ter has said he re­gret­ted the play call when he sent it in and should have called time­out. In the fu­ture, he hopes Win­ston bails him out and does it for him. But on this play, with the Saints play­ing a safety over Mike Evans, Win­ston tried to force the ball down­field. Safety Jairus Byrd in­ter­cepted and re­turned it to the Tampa Bay 14. One play later, Mark In­gram ran in for a touch­down.

LOREN EL­LIOTT | Times

A pass Jameis Win­ston forces while trail­ing the Saints in a must-win game last year gets in­ter­cepted and re­turned for a score. The Bucs go on to lose.

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