Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks had the chance to be a hero with Tampa Bay leading Minnesota 13-10 with 46 seconds left in regulation. Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater underthrew Cordarrelle Patterson and Banks jumped in front of the pass, nearly picking it off.
Had Banks come down with that interception it would have sealed Tampa Bay’s second win of the season and capped off a Bucs rally that saw the team respond with 13 points in the fourth quarter after trailing 10-0 through three quarters. After the game he was distraught over his missed opportunity.
“It’s one of those plays – it’s what Coach [Gil] Byrd and Lovie [Smith] talk about all the time,” Banks said. “It’s making a play when it’s your turn. I made a great jump on the ball. It’s just unfortunate that I missed it. It’s one of those plays I wish I could get back. It’s tough.”
Instead, Bridgewater would complete three more passes for 32 yards to get the Vikings in position to kick a game-tying field goal and win the game in overtime, 19-13.
“It’s just a huge play,” Smith said. “In a game like that when it’s tight, every play, every conversion on third down – of course when you get a chance like that to take the ball away and end the game, really, you have to make that play. It’s about making plays when you are in position. Of course we did a lot of things before that, but late in the game we needed someone to step up.”
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who signed a seven-year, $98-million contract extension on Saturday, lamented over Banks’ dropped interception.
“Yeah, we have to get that,” McCoy said. “We got Teddy off the spot. We had him on the move and we were pressuring him and making him throw the ball up. They just made more plays than we did.
“I did, I thought for sure we were going to put that away. You have to. We have to. We have to get on the tape to see why it didn’t happen, but I’ll take that situation again. I’ll take it every game if that’s what it has to be. I love those situations. We just have to capitalize on it.”
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How do you not mention Goldson doing the same thing in game 1 which cost us the W there?
Cbrady2k, in my mind Goldson will be gone next year. I’m more interested in critiquing the players that may still be here next year if we don’t say something now.
No more excuse’s yawl #SUCK to let the Vikings beat you down literally made me nauseas I am rarely a negative person over a loss but damn I cant take it no more
Banks you are not good CB. To think some compared you to A. Talib because of your size and “ball skills”. Banks just doesn’t have the instincts or killer instinct. That open field tackle he missed in the beginning of the game was horrible (the play before Verner made a booming tackle).
He should be. He had a horrible game and is a big part of the major fail this entire team is.
It should never have gotten down to Banks’ opportunity for an interception. Yes, he should make that play as should Goldson in week 1 and in doing so each would have won the game. But should we really be counting on late game heroics to overcome the shortcomings of the previous 59 minutes?
Banks had been pretty bad all day. Long before he dropped what should have been a game clinching intercetion, he had been missing tackles and was playing a very soft corner. While Vernor was attacking the receivers on his side of the field, Banks was waiting for plays to develop and then trying to make a play after the catch was made.
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