Three and out: On Bears’ blocked punt, Hail Mary ‘D’
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TAMPA, Fla. — Three tidbits from the Bears’ 26-21 win against the Buccaneers on Sunday:
1. The rap on Reynolds
Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds took the blame for the Buccaneers’ first-quarter blocked punt. He believed Jeremiah George, who was rushing the punter, would stop and hold Reynolds up, the way he had on the first punt.
Instead, George slanted inside, beating Reynolds and blocking Pat O’Donnell’s boot.
“I shoulda just held him up and blocked him, but I tried to release,” Reynolds said. “I made just a mental error.”
The Buccaneers scored on the next play, a four-yard Doug Martin run.
2. Tracy’s mistake
When quarterback Jameis Winston threw down the left sideline to Charles Sims after shifting around in the pocket, Bears cornerback Tracy Porter thought he could intercept the ball. He broke for it, but was late.
There was no one behind him. Sims caught the ball past a lunging Porter and ran untouched for a 50-yard score.
“I saw him out of the corner of my eye with enough time to react to it, but I shouldn’t have second-guessed between the tackle and the interception,” Porter said. “I should have done what I do best, and picked it off.”
3. Hail Mary
With one second left, Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins — who played basketball and football at Washington — hauled in a 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown in front of safety Harold Jones-Quartey and Porter.
“You try to knock it down, but we didn’t have enough guys back there to box him out,” Porter said. “It looked like I was just trying to go up there and get a cheap (interception), but that wasn’t the case.”