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Eli Manning Struggles Early, Giants Top Buccaneers, 41-34

Elsa/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The defending Super Bowl champs avoided a 0-2 start to the 2012 season after Eli Manning led his team back in the last 3:59 to give them a 41-34 victory over the Buccaneers (1-1) on Sunday.

Manning passed for 295 yards in the second half, tying for most in NFL history and 3 yards short of Phil Simms' Giants record.  The Giants (1-1) trailed at the half by 11 but Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Martellus Bennett within a four-minute span to seal the deal.

"We kept playing and even when we had the very huge plays that disappointed us, we kept playing," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin on his team's resiliency on Sunday.  "That says a lot about us."

Manning threw three first-half interceptions but redeemed himself in the second, finishing with 510 yards total and credited his young talented wide receivers.

"Victor (Cruz) and Hakeem (Nicks), both of them stepped up," said Manning after the game.  "Made some big time catches, some third down conversions. I thought both of those guys really played outstanding."

Cruz finished with 11 catches for 179 yards, both career highs, while Nicks had 10 catches for 199 yards. 

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Antonio Bryant Returns to NFL

National Football League(RENTON, Wash.) -- Receiver Antonio Bryant is returning to football. After not playing since the 2009 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bryant signed with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday.

Bryant previously tried out for the Seahawks during this June's minicamp, but coach Pete Carroll thought he wasn't in football shape.

In 2010, Bryant signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, but was cut at the end of training camp.

The 32-year-old receiver caught 372 balls, for 5,685 yards and 30 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons.

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Winslow Traded to Seahawks

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(TAMPA, FLA.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional 2013 draft pick Monday.

Winslow, 28, joined the Buccaneers in 2009, when he was traded by the Cleveland Browns for a pair of draft picks. During his time with the Bucs, he racked up 218 catches for 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Winslow still has three years left on his $15.95 million contract, which the Seahawks will take on.

During his three years with Tampa Bay, Winslow played in every game.

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CB Barber Returning To Bucs For 16th Season

NFL via Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Ronde Barber Wednesday, for what will be his 16th year in the NFL. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Barber, who will turn 37 on April 7th, was selected out of Virginia by the Bucs in the third round of the 1997 NFL draft.

During his 15-year playing career, the three-time All-Pro has recorded 43 interceptions and 27 sacks in 225 games.  

In 2003, Barber helped lead the Buccaneers to a 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37.

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Ronde Barber Returning For His 16th Season With Buccaneers

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be undergoing a youth movement, but cornerback Ronde Barber didn't get the memo. Barber announced that he is returning to the team next season after signing a one-year contract with Tampa Bay.

The 36-year-old cornerback has spent 15 seasons in the NFL, all with the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay had the youngest roster in the NFL last season, but Barber was still a productive player, recording 79 tackles and three interceptions last season.

He is the Buccaneers career interceptions leader with 43 and has made 199 consecutive starts, the longest active streak in the NFL.

"I'm pleased to announce that I'll be back for my 16th season as a Buccaneer," Barber said in a statement released by the team. "Coach [Greg] Schiano, Mark Dominik, and the Glazer family have been terrific throughout this process. I'm really excited about the direction of the team, the moves we've made, and I can't wait to get back to work.

Barber was also a key member of the team's Super Bowl 37 Championship team.

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Oregon's Kelly Turns Down Buccaneers Job

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The search continues for a new coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite early reports that a deal was in place, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will not be jumping ship to the NFL and joining the Bucs.

"His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered," Buccaneers' general manager Mark Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times.

Why Kelly backed out of the job is still unknown. According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Kelly secretly interviewed for the job last week, and had been intrigued by the challenge of coaching in the NFL.

This past season, the Buccaneers went just 4-12 after going 10-6 during the 2010 season. As a result, third-year head coach Raheem Morris was fired and the team has conducted an extensive search to find his replacement. The team have talked to or plan to talk to former coaches such as Brad Childress, Marty Schottenheimer, and Mike Sherman among others.

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Wade Phillips Takes Himself Out Of Consideration For Bucs Job

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was supposed to be interviewing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach position Friday, but that's not going to happen anymore. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Phillips has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position.

Phillips is in his first season as the Texans defensive coordinator after spending the past four seasons as the Dallas Cowboys head coach. He also served as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, two seasons with the Denver Broncos, and served as an interim coach for the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.

The Buccaneers are searching for a new coach after recently letting go of Raheem Morris, who led the team to an underwhelming 4-12 record this season. The team has already met with Marty Schottenheimer, Brad Childress, and Mike Sherman.

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Buccaneers Fired Head Coach Raheem Morris

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a disappointing 4-12 season, including 10 straight losses to end the year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired head coach Raheem Morris.

This time last season, the Buccaneers were considered an up and coming team after going 10-6 and just missed the playoffs under Morris. Expectations were high for the team as well as Morris, but the team struggled mightily on both offense and defense.

"We want to thank Coach Morris for all of his hard work and dedication as head coach of the Buccaneers," Bucanneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement.

In three seasons as the Buccaneers head coach, Morris went 17-31.

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Cowboys Defeat Buccaneers, 31-15

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Crisis averted in Cowboys nation--at least for now.

Dallas made short work of Tampa Bay Saturday night, scoring 28 first-half points, en-route to a 31-15 victory over the hapless Buccaneers. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made his presence felt in the Sunshine state, tossing 249 yards and three touchdowns along with one rushing T-D.

“We really needed to get back on track and this was an important game,” Romo said. “Really, the playoffs started for us and that’s the way we approached it. The guys came out with great energy and it was a great week of practice. We just had to go forward and I thought the guys did that.”

The victory snaps Dallas' two-game losing streak as they improve to 8-6 on the season.

Up next for the Cowboys is a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles followed by a season ending showdown on the road against the New York Giants.

With the loss, the Bucs fell to 4-10 for the season, placing third-year head coach Raheem Morris squarely on the hot seat.

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Cowboys Owner Jones Supports Head Coach Garrett

NFL Shield (NFL)(IRVING, Texas) -- Is head coach Jason Garrett on the hot seat in Big 'D'?

The Dallas Cowboys (7-6) enter their Week 15 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) Saturday night on a two-game losing streak. They had a chance to take a two-game lead in the NFC East on Sunday, but blew a 12-point lead late in the fourth quarter against their division rivals, the New York Giants.  

Despite their up-and-down performance this season, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones tells ESPN that Garrett will be roaming the sidelines for the foreseeable future.

“I do intend, if there are mistakes made, that I want to be around for the rewards when they’re corrected and he’s the guy that can correct them,” Jones said.

The Cowboys still control their own destiny in the NFC East. If they win their final three games, including the season finale against the Giants, they will clinch the division title.

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