Sunday Night Football marks a story of two teams looking to bounce back after both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) and Kansas City Chiefs (2-1) suffered their first defeats of the 2022 season in week 3. Offensive struggles doomed the Buccaneers during a home loss to Green Bay while the Chiefs were upset on the road in Indianapolis.
Tampa Bay will get a boost on Sunday night with the return of wide receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Julio Jones along with starting left tackle Donovan Smith. Godwin, Jones, and Smith have been sidelined since the Buccaneers' season-opening win at Dallas last month. Evans was suspended last week after getting into a brawl with Marshon Lattimore in New Orleans.
Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes will take center stage in the first re-match between these two teams since Tampa Bay's win in Super Bowl LV a few years ago. Both offenses will look to get into a rhythm after some uncharacteristic struggles early this year.
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— Quarterback Kyle Trask, tight end Kyle Rudolph, wide receiver Scotty Miller, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, cornerback Zyon McCollum, and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks are listed as inactive for Tampa Bay. Miller and Rudolph are both healthy scratches.
— Running back Ronald Jones, kicker Harrison Butker, quarterback Shane Buechele, defensive end Mike Danna, offensive tackle Darian Kinnard, defensive end Benton Whitley, and defensive end Joshua Kaindoh are listed as inactive for Kansas City.
— Tom Brady does not appear to have a wrap on his finger on his right hand like he did last week.
— Kansas City wins the toss and defers. The Buccaneers will start with the football.
— Running back Rachaad White fumbles the opening kick-off and the Chiefs recover. Not an ideal start.
— Clyde Edwards-Helaire runs up the middle for five yards.
— Patrick Mahomes throws over the middle to Travis Kelce for a touchdown.
— Kansas City leads 7-0 after less than a minute of game time.
— White returns the kick-off to the Tampa Bay 28.
— Running back Leonard Fournette finds three yards on a run to the right.
— Tom Brady throws a screen pass to Fournette, who cuts up and runs over a couple of defenders for 25 yards.
— Brady hits Cam Brate right at the marker for a first down.
— Chris Godwin catches his first pass since week 1 to bring up third down.
— The Buccaneers will have to attempt a 45-yard field goal.
— Ryan Succop connects from 45 yards out and Tampa Bay cuts its deficit to 7-3 with 10:12 to play in the opening quarter.
— Kansas City takes over at its own 21 for its second offensive possession.
— Linebacker Devin White brings down Mecole Hardman after a short gain.
— Timeout Kansas City ahead of 3rd and 1 with 8:16 to play in the first quarter.
— Carlton Davis gets to Mahomes on a blitz but the quarterback somehow stays alive to hit Juju Smith-Schuster for a first down.
— Mahomes finds Travis Kelce in a tight window for another conversion. Kelce already has four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.
— Linebacker Devin White makes a tackle to force third and short but Edwards-Helaire hits a hole on the next play to push Kansas City into the red zone.
— Edwards-Helaire scores on the ground for the Chiefs.
— Kansas City leads 14-3 with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter.
— The kick-off goes for a touchback and Tampa Bay still start at its own 25.
— Brate can't hold on to a pass from Brady and it's quickly third and long.
— Brady finds Gage to the left side but it's not enough for a first down. Tampa Bay will punt for the first time tonight.
— Punter Jake Camarda's kick travels 49 yards and is fair caught at the Kansas City 18.
— Illegal formation on the Chiefs makes it 1st and 15.
— Safety Logan Ryan has a foot injury and his return is questionable per the Buccaneers.
— Kelce comes away with another catch.
— Tampa Bay trails 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.
— Mahomes keeps it himself and scrambles for a first down.
— Marquez Valdes-Scantling gets open deep and Mahomes finds him for 36 yards.
— A ball goes right through Lavonte David's hands to bring up third down. That should've been an interception for the Buccaneers.
— Kelce again to make it 1st and goal for Kansas City.
— Jerrick McKinnon is brought down for a loss of one
— What a ridiculous play from Mahomes and it ends up as a touchdown for the Chiefs. He somehow flipped it with one hand to Edwards-Helaire in the back of the end zone for a score.
— Tampa Bay trails 21-3 early in the second quarter.
— The Buccaneers are back in business from their own 25 following a touchback
— Brady to White for a first down.
— Brady hits Mike Evans deep for 30 yards. The longest play of the night for Tampa Bay so far.
— Evans runs a post and Brady finds him for a touchdown. Tampa Bay strikes back.
— The extra point is good and the Buccaneers trail 21-10 with 8:50 remaining until the half.
— Kansas City returns the kick-off to its own 26.
— Edwards-Helaire goes up the middle for seven yards.
— Mahomes and Kelce hook up on third down for a conversion.
— Carl Nassib is flagged for a horse-collar tackle and Kansas City gets a free 15 yards.
— Shaq Barrett brings down Pacheco to force third and short.
— Mahomes finds a wide-open Edwards-Helaire out of the backfield but the pass is slightly off target and the running back can't bring it in. Kansas City turns it over on downs.
— Brady is strip-sacked on the first play of the ensuing drive and the Chiefs recover the fumble. Kansas City 1st and 10 at the Tampa Bay 20.
— Mahomes keeps it himself and scrambles to the left side to set up 1st and goal.
— Kansas City calls its second timeout of the half with 2:58 to play in the second quarter.
— McKinnon is stopped just outside the goal line. 3rd and goal.
— Tight end Noah Gray takes the direct snap for a touchdown and the Buccaneers are stunned.
— Kansas City leads 28-10 with 2:11 until the half.
— Brady to Godwin and that takes us to the two-minute warning.
— Cam Brate gets just enough for a first down and the clock is moving.
— Brady to Julio Jones for his first catch of the game and a conversion.
— Tampa Bay calls timeout following a completion to Chris Godwin that moves the offense to the Kansas City 41.
— Brady goes through his progressions and hits Evans in the red zone.
— Pass interference on Kansas City in the end zone moves the ball to the 1.
— Brady throws a fade to Evans and the veteran comes down with it for his second touchdown of the night.
— Tampa Bay trails 28-17 with 10 seconds left until the half.
— Pacheco returns the kick to the Kansas City 42. The Chiefs can take a shot at the end zone.
— Carl Nassib sacks Mahomes to conclude the second quarter.
— Tampa Bay trails 28-17 at the half.
— Kansas City begins the second half at its own 25.
— Mahomes to Skyy Moore for 15 yards.
— Two straight incompletions bring up third and long for the Chiefs.
— Smith-Schuster converts on a wide receiver screen.
— Three incompletions bring up fourth down for Kansas City. The Chiefs will attempt a 44-yard field goal.
— The kick is good. Kansas City leads 31-17 with 11:26 to play in the third quarter.
— Buccaneers are back on offense at their own 25.
— Godwin brings one in and fights for a first down.
— Three straight incompletions from Brady forces Tampa Bay to punt.
— The kick goes out of bounds at the Kansas City 35.
— Play-action confuses Davis and Winfield. Mahomes takes advantage of it with a 25 yard pass to Valdes-Scantling.
— Tight end Cam Brate will not return for the Buccaneers after suffering a concussion.
— 1st and goal for Kansas City.
— Anthony Nelson comes off the edge to bring Mahomes down for a sack.
— Mahomes throws over the middle to Jody Nelson for a touchdown.
— Kansas City leads 38-17 with 5:42 to play in the third quarter.
— Touchback. Tampa Bay takes over at its own 25.
— Two catches from Evans brings the Buccaneers into enemy territory.
— Tight end Cade Otton comes down with a pass for a gain of 5.
— Brady passes outside to White for a first down.
— Brady play-fakes and throws deep to Ko Kieft to get Tampa Bay inside the 5. 1st and goal.
— Personal foul on Kansas City for a hit on the defenseless Evans.
— Chris Godwin is down for Tampa Bay but he walks off the field under his own power.
— White goes over the top for a short touchdown run.
— Tampa Bay trails 38-24 with 44 seconds remaining in the quarter.
— Camarda's kick-off goes out of bounds and Kansas City gets the ball at its own 40.
— Tampa Bay trails 38-24 at the end of the third quarter.
— Mahomes finds Kelce for a first down.
— Mike Edwards blitzes and brings down Mahomes for a sack.
— Mahomes scrambles out to the right for 11 yards. 3rd and 4.
— Mahomes and Kelce connect for the ninth time tonight and it's another first down.
— Timeout Kansas City ahead of a big 3rd and 2.
— Carlton Davis has a stinger and his return is questionable per the Buccaneers.
— The pass is incomplete but the Chiefs convert a field goal.
— Tampa Bay trails 41-24 with 10:47 remaining in the contest.
— The Buccaneers are at their own 25 following a touchback.
— Brady to Otton for a first down.
— Pass-interference on Chris Godwin negates a first down and pushes Tampa Bay back to 3rd and 16.
— Brady completes a pass to Godwin on the next play but the Buccaneers are called for holding. It's now 3rd and 26.
— Punt team coming out for Tampa Bay.
— Kansas City takes over at its own 42.
— Edwards-Helaire finds enough room for a first down.
— Sean Murphy-Bunting intercepts Mahomes and returns it for 33 yards to the Kansas City 34.
— Brady throws out to Leonard Fournette for a first down.
— Godwin catches another one as Tampa Bay is in a 1st and goal situation.
— Brady hits Fournette over the middle for a touchdown.
— Tampa Bay trails 41-31 with 3:30 remaining in the game.
— The Buccaneers kick it deep instead of going onside.
— Edwards-Helaire with a first down. That should just about do it.
— The Buccaneers still trail by ten points at the two-minute warning.
— Tampa Bay calls its final timeout ahead of a 3rd and 7 for Kansas City. 1:48 left.
— Holding on the Chiefs pushes them back to third and long.
— The Buccaneers make the stop. Kansas City calls timeout prior to a punt with 52 seconds remaining in the game.
— Jaelon Darden fair catches the punt at Tampa Bay's 21.
— Tampa Bay falls short against Kansas City, 41-31.
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