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WATCH: Xavier Woods beats Mike Evans on jump ball for unlikely INT

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans has made a Hall of Fame career out of using every inch and every ounce of his 6-foot-5, 231-pound frame. So it’s not often you see him get outsized.

Well, that happened this afternoon.

In the second quarter of Sunday’s clash between the Carolina Panthers and the host Bucs, it was safety Xavier Woods who needed every inch and every ounce of his stature. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound defensive back camped under a wobbly throw downfield from quarterback Baker Mayfield and was able to beat Evans on a jump ball for an interception.

The pick was the first of the season for Woods and the second of his Panthers career. It was also quite timely for his unit, one that entered Week 13 with the fewest takeaways in the entire league.

Carolina’s defense caused its last turnover back in Week 8, when cornerback Donte Jackson forced a fumble of Houston Texans fullback Andrew Beck.

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