Jameis Winston reaches two unfortunate milestones on pick-six to lose game

December 29, 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s remarkable 2019 season ended in unfortunate fashion against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Winston had a chance to lead Tampa Bay down the field in overtime against the Falcons. However, he threw an interception to linebacker Deion Jones, who then returned it for a touchdown giving the Falcons their seventh win of the season.

On that singular play, Winston set the record for most pick-sixes in one season with seven and he became the first quarterback to throw 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in one season.

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He had been tied with Rudy Bukich and Peyton Manning with most pick-sixes in a season coming into the game.

Winston finished the game 13-for-24 with 201 passing yards, two touchdown passes and two interceptions.

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He solidified a 33-touchdown season with the performance. He also became just the eighth NFL quarterback to throw for over 5,000 passing yards in a single season.

Tampa Bay will miss the playoffs for the 12th straight season and there’s a possibility Winston won’t be back with the Buccaneers next season.

A source told Pro Football Talk that Winston and the Buccaneers have not had talks on a possible contract extension. It’s unclear whether Tampa Bay would be willing to use a franchise tag or transition tag on him. He could become an unrestricted free agent if no deal is reached.

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Also, if there’s no deal, Winston would have started his Tampa Bay career with a pick-six and ended his career with the team with a pick-six.