Sunday’s contest in Tampa between the Buccaneers and New York Giants came within one field goal of tying an NFL record (9) for most converted attempts in a single game and Wilmington native Connor Barth hit 4 of 5 kicks to account for 12 of Tampa’s 18 points scored.
However, three lost fumbles and a handful of dropped passes played a big role in determining the 32-18 setback to the visiting Giants at Raymond James Stadium.
Barth’s misfire on a 43-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter snapped a string of 11 straight successful field goal tries since he rejoined the team in Week Five, including his first two on Sunday. Including his last four tries with the Denver Broncos in 2014, Barth had made 15 in a row before that miss. He later hit on two more field goals, from 21 and 53 yards, and is now the first kicker in Buccaneers history to make at least three field goals in four consecutive games.
Since his return to the NFL, Barth is 6 for 6 in kicks between 20-29 yards, 3 of 3 from 30-39 yards, 3 of 4 between 40-49 yards and 1 of 1 on 50-plus yard attempts.
The Buccaneers are 3-5 at the bottom of the NFC South Division and face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 15.