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Bucs edge Kansas City behind Chris Conte’s big interception

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For most of the season, he has been a target. If not of opposing quarterbacks, then of his team’s own fans.

Chris Conte has played too much chase, critics will tell you. He needs to be replaced.

But Conte made the play of the game Sunday, as the Tampa Bay Bucs upset the Kansas City Chiefs 19-17. With the Chiefs on the verge of taking a lead in the fourth quarter, Conte stepped in front of Chiefs’ receiver Chris Conley, intercepted the pass and returned it 53 yards. The Bucs then converted the winning drive to end a 10-game home winning streak by Kansas City.

“I was just doing my job,” Conte said. “We’re getting better every week.”

The Bucs had several good performances in their victory. Maligned kicker Roberto Aguayo kicked four field goals, and now has hit 10 of his last 11. Quarterback Jameis Winston was terrific again, throwing for 331 yards. Receiver Mike Evans caught six passes for 105 yards. And the Bucs evened their record at 5-5.

“Today, we were a good football team,” said Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter.

The Bucs preserved their win with a late drive that ate up most of the clock. Taking over with 2:37 to play, Tampa Bay gave the ball back with only eight seconds to play. The key play was a third-and-three at their own 30, when Winston hit Evans for 14 yards. That allowed the Bucs to run 2:03 off of the clock.

Tampa Bay is home next week against Seattle.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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