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Antoine Winfield Jr. on win over Saints: 'That was for my pops' in 2009

The ex-Gopher and son of the former Vikings standout forced a key fumble in Sunday's win for Tampa Bay


January 19, 2021

New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook, center, fumbles the ball as he is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. The Buccaneers' Devin White recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tampa Bay's 30-20 victory over New Orleans in Sunday's division round ended up with a comfortable-seeming final score. But the outcome might have been much different if not for former Gophers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. making the defensive play of the game for the Buccaneers.

New Orleans led 20-13 late in the third quarter and had just gained a first down past midfield on a completion from Drew Brees to tight end Jared Cook. But on the play, Winfield tracked down Cook and punched the ball loose for a fumble recovered by teammate Devin White. Tampa Bay went on to score the tying touchdown on the ensuing possession, then added 10 more points on the way to the victory.

On social media Monday, Winfield Jr. posted a video clip of the game-changing play - along with a nod to some personal family history with the Saints when he wrote:


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