The Giants travel to Raymond James Stadium to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football with the team looking to build momentum after winning two of their past three games. Tampa Bay and Big Blue have clashed 24 times prior to Monday's matchup. The Giants lead the all-time series, 16-8.
The first meeting between the Giants and the Buccaneers occurred in 1977 with the Giants securing a 10-0 victory in their inaugural trip to Tampa Bay. Big Blue gained a 10-0 lead at halftime, highlighted by Bobby Hammond's two-yard touchdown run. That was all the scoring the defense would need, as they intercepted three passes from Buccaneers QB Jeb Blount and held Tampa Bay to 2.7 yards per carry on the ground.
The Giants also earned a win on their second trip to Tampa Bay when they defeated the Buccaneers, 19-13, in 1978. Rookie cornerback Terry Jackson got the scoring started with an interception of Gary Huff, which he returned for a touchdown. The game would then be tied 10-10 heading into the third quarter when Johnny Perkins caught a 67-yard pass from Joe Pisarcik to give Big Blue a 16-10 lead. The teams would trade field goals in the fourth quarter, as the Giants held on to secure the six-point win.
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Big Blue would post only a 2-5 record in their next seven games down in Tampa Bay, but their fortunes turned when the two clubs met at Raymond James Stadium in the 2007 Wild Card Game. The NFC South champion Buccaneers would jump out to a 7-0 lead after Earnest Graham punched in a one-yard touchdown. However, the Giants would score 24 unanswered points to help lead Big Blue to the win. Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes, one of which was to Amani Toomer, who finished the game with seven receptions and 74 yards.
Following the victory in Tampa Bay during the 2007 postseason, the Giants would travel back to Raymond James Stadium in 2009. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 192 rushing yards and a touchdown to lead Big Blue to a 24-0 win. The Giants defense put up a dominant performance, allowing only 86 total yards and five first downs against the Buccaneers.
In Big Blue's most recent visit to Raymond James Stadium back in 2019, the Giants would earn a 32-31 victory in Daniel Jones' first career start. The Buccaneers jumped out to a 28-10 lead going into halftime, highlighted by two receiving touchdowns by Mike Evans. Jones then lead the second-half comeback, which was capped off by a seven-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The young quarterback finished the game with 336 passing yards and four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in the win. Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard combined for 13 catches, 213 receiving yards, and two touchdowns to help the Giants rally for the comeback victory.