Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians gives bizarre reason for taking late-game penalty before missed field goal

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were narrowly defeated by the New York Giants after kicker Matt Gay missed a field goal that would have won the game.The Buccaneers were at the Giants’ 9-yard line and down 32-31 when Gay came out to kick the potential game-winner with 13 seconds left. The Buccaneers, with a timeout in hand, were then penalized 5 yards for delay of game before Gay’s narrow miss to the right.PATRIOTS RECEIVER JULIAN EDELMAN LEAVES WITH CHEST INJURYBuccaneers coach Bruce Arians explained afterward that he deliberately took the penalty, making Gay attempt the would-be game-winning field goal from 34 yards instead of 29.“I just took it on purpose. He’s better back there. That field goal is easier back 5 yards,” Arians told reporters. “We wanted to move the ball, put it in the middle and make it easier.”Gay was 4-for-5 on field goals and 1-for-3 on extra-point attempts.ELI MANNING’S REACTION TO REPLACEMENT QUARTERBACK DANIEL JONES GOES VIRALThe Giants got the win behind Daniel Jones’ gutsy first start. He was 23-for-36 with 336 passing yards and two touchdown passes. He added two rushing touchdowns as well.Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston had three touchdown passes of his own – all to wide receiver Mike Evans.The Buccaneers fell to 1-2 on the season with the loss.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Giants improved to 1-2 with the win.

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