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TAMPA — Back in the franchise’s glory days, during the Warren Sapp-Derrick Brooks-John Lynch era, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense used to tell the offense, “Give us 17 points and we’ll take care of the rest.’’

The Buccaneers of Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Bradley McDougald aren’t good enough to make that promise. You wouldn’t know it, though, from watching them the last couple of weeks.

The Buccaneers have won two straight and pulled themselves back to the .500 mark in part by all but shutting down the Bears and Chiefs, limiting them to 10 and 17 points respectively.

Their ability to make big plays in clutch moments is one of the reasons.

Take much-maligned safety Chris Conte’s interception of Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith during the Buccaneers surprising 19-17 victory last week at Arrowhead Stadium, for example.

Not only did the pick come in the fourth quarter, with the Buccaneers clinging precariously to a slim two-point lead, but it came in the red zone on a second-and-goal play from the Buccaneers 6-yard line.

And not only did Conte make that pick in the end zone, holding his ground during a play-action fake and stepping in front of Chris Conley to make the grab, but he returned the ball 53 yards to the Chiefs 48.

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