Buc Mag Bucs MVP: WR Keyshawn Johnson

December 9 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Keyshawn Johnson went 11 straight games without a touchdown this season. On Sunday, Johnson caught 10 passes for 101 yards, and he saved the best for last. Johnson hauled in a 13-yard pass from QB Brad Johnson for the game-winning touchdown with just 45 seconds remaining. For his outstanding performance against Detroit, Johnson is Buccaneer Magazine's Pewter Player of the Game.

It would be appropriate to say that Tampa Bay wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson saved his best for last. Johnson, who had gone 11 straight games without a score this season, caught the game-winning touchdown pass - a 13-yard aerial from Brad Johnson - with 45 seconds left to lift the Buccaneers to victory over Detroit 15-12 after a Mike Alstott 2-point conversion catch. For his efforts, Johnson is this week's Buccaneer Magazine Pewter Player of the Game.

Johnson led the Bucs with 10 catches for 101 yards and now has 93 catches on the season, which is a new career high and franchise record. His previous high was 89 catches with the New York Jets in 1999. Johnson also has 1,077 yards on the season also became the Bucs' first 1,000-yard receiver since Mark Carrier racked up 1,422 yards in 1989.

Four of Johnson's 10 catches against the Lions came on the final drive, including a key 15-yard grab on fourth-and-8 at the Detroit 28, which set up the Bucs at the Lions 13. Two plays later, Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson found Keyshawn in the left corner of the end zone where he made a leaping touchdown catch to keep Tampa Bay's postseason hopes alive.


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