Mike Evans or Antoine Winfield, Jr? | Wild Card Week Game Ball

Who deserves the Game Ball for the Bucs’ dominant Wild Card win over Philadelphia? Click here to vote!

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept their Super Bowl repeat hopes alive on Sunday with a 31-15 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles that was somehow more dominant than that score would suggest. The Eagles didn’t score until the fourth quarter after the Buccaneers had built a 31-point lead and were merely trying to run out the clock.

Four different Buccaneers found the end zone in that 31-0 start, with running backs Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard each running one in in the first half. In the third quarter, Tom Brady put the game out of reach with touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans, with both scoring opportunities created by takeaways. The Bucs won the turnover battle, 3-0, thanks to interceptions by Mike Edwards and Shaquil Barrett and a fumble recovery by Ross Cockrell on a muffed punt.

A dominant defensive performance, a 115.2 passer rating for Brady and what Head Coach Bruce Arians called the Bucs’ best special teams performance of the year…that makes for a full-team win and maybe a difficult choice for this week’s fan-decided Game Ball.

Still, we came up with four choices, two each on offense and defense, which seems appropriate. As we have all season, Carmen and I will be offering one suggestion each for this week’s award. You then get to vote and you’ll even…

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