Sunday, February 25, 2024

Mayfield leads Bucs to top with 34-20 win

Bucs QB Baker Mayfield is coming into his own at just the right time in the season, posting a perfect QB rating as the Bucs moved to the top of the NFC South with a 34-20 win over the in-form Packers.

The game marked Mayfield’s second 300-yard-game of the season, the sixth without an interception and his first with four TD passes. And it marked another win in the Bucs playoff push. “Just like we talked about, that playoff mentality, to come in here with one job in mind and find a way to win,” Mayfield said. “We did that.”

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Much has been made of Mayfield as a teammate over his time in the NFL, but HC Todd Bowles thinks he’s been great with the Bucs. “He’s meant everything,” Bowles said. “From a mental standpoint to a quarterback standpoint, making plays. From a toughness standpoint. From a leadership standpoint. He’s done everything. He’s checked all the boxes. He’s doing all the right things now and I can’t say enough about him.”

And his team mates seem to agree.

“He’s gritty and he’s a baller — he’s as fiery as they come,” said wide receiver Chris Godwin, who caught 10 of 12 targets for 155 receiving yards. “And you want that. You want your guy to be out there and to compete. Like there’s no flinch in him. He gets banged up. He gets hit. And he’s right back in it. Like there’s never any hesitation in him. We love that. We respect that in him. I’m happy for him. He came out here and found a way to ball.”

Tampa Bay BuccaneersGreen Bay Packers
1st Downs2218
Passing 1st downs1813
Rushing 1st downs34
1st downs from penalties11
3rd down efficiency7-116-12
4th down efficiency1-10-2
Total Plays6058
Total Yards452321
Total Drives99
Yards per Play7.55.5
Passing353261
Comp-Att22-2829-39
Yards per pass10.76.4
Interceptions thrown00
Sacks-Yards Lost5-282-23
Rushing9960
Rushing Attempts2717
Yards per rush3.73.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-42-5
Penalties4-524-31
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost11
Interceptions thrown00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:0730:53

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