“We had a killer instinct on offense,” said Johnson, who had 10 catches for 152 yards. “We had a totally different attitude out there and it just felt great. Actually, honestly, I don’t even know what the streak was, but it’s definitely good to bury it. We buried two demons in the last two weeks, so it’s big.”
Winslow and S C.C. Brown were locked up in the end zone on a third-and-goal snap from the 2-yard line. Brown never turned around as Freeman escaped pressure and lofted a completion to Winslow in the right corner for an apparent 21-17 advantage.
But officials ruled Winslow pushed off and the offensive pass interference penalty eventually forced Tampa Bay to settle for Connor Barth’s tying field goal.
“It’s up to the ref’s discretion to make those calls,” Bucs CB Ronde Barber said. “They were both jostling for it and it could have been a no-call. But those are excuses we won’t live by.”
“Everybody’s happy,” defensive end Cliff Avril said after Rayner’s 34-yard field goal in overtime lifted the Lions over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-20 on Sunday.
“It’s cool when the coaches can come in here and actually be happy about a game,” Avril added. “We pulled it out … and it was definitely a great feeling for all of us.”