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Bucs gift win to N.Y. Jets with foolish late-hit penalty

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made all sorts of head-scratching mistakes Sunday afternoon against the New York Jets. It's only fitting that their last one cost them the season opener.

Bucs linebacker Lavonte David delivered a late hit out of bounds on Jets quarterback Geno Smith, resulting in a 15-yard penalty that set up a 48-yard Nick Folk field goal that gave New York an improbable 18-17 win.

The Bucs' offense was out of sorts for most of the afternoon, leading to some obvious signs of discord on the sideline. Quarterback Josh Freeman -- recently stripped of his captain status -- appeared to salvage a difficult day by leading his team to a go-ahead field goal late in the fourth.

Cornerback Darrelle Revis saw plenty of field time in his Bucs debut that doubled as his first game action since last September when he was with the Jets. He rarely was tested, but he was his usual effective self, allowing a single 13-yard catch to Santonio Holmes. Smith made some plays (and some mistakes) in an uneven debut. He'll now continue his development process in games that count.

The Jets had been in desperation mode before David's gaffe, stranded near midfield with no timeouts and less than 10 seconds to play. Rex Ryan needed something close to a miracle. He got it.

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