The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — Matt Bryant nailed a 62-yard field goal — the third-longest in NFL history — to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers an improbable last-second victory.
The kick ruined a gallant comeback engineered by Donovan McNabb after the Bucs built a 17-0 lead, mostly on the strength of two interceptions that Ronde Barber returned for touchdowns.
Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam share the league record for the longest field goal — 63 yards. The only other kickers who have been successful from beyond 59 yards are Steve Cox and Morten Andersen, who both booted 60-yarders.
Clovis’Hank Baskett caught two passes for 30 yards for the Eagles (4-3).
Barber, whose 92-yard runback clinched Tampa Bay’s victory over Philadelphia in the NFC championship game four seasons ago, scored on a 37-yard return early in the second quarter and put the Bucs up 17-0 with a 66-yard TD with just over five minutes remaining in the third.
McNabb rallied the Eagles, throwing one of his three late TD passes after Philadelphia was forced to take out a time out when the quarterback started throwing up between plays.
With the Bucs’ defense missing four tackles, Brian Westbrook scored on a 52-yard reception to put Philadelphia ahead 21-20 with 33 seconds remaining.
But Tampa Bay (2-4) wasn’t finished. Rookie Bruce Gradkowski drove the Bucs in position for Bryant.