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Patience helps spark Buccaneers 4-game winning streak, says Dallas Clark

Patience has been the key thing that helped spark the four game winning streak, according to Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Dallas Clark.

Streeter Lecka

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Dallas Clark has been a key part of a team that has won four games in a row. The reason that the Buccaneers have been able to turn their season around and get back into playoff contention is because the team stayed patient and didn't try to make up their games all at once:

"We've played a lot of ball since then and that's the whole thing," Clark said. "And I think that what this team has done a great job of keeping focus on just not the big picture and when you're 1-3, you're not going to get a winning record overnight. You've got to work at it each day, stay patient and that's what this team has done.

In last week's game against the Carolina Panthers, Clark caught a season-high seven passes for 58 yards and a game winning 15 yard touchdown reception in overtime. The overtime period came after the Buccaneers scored on a Josh Freeman touchdown pass to wide receiver Vincent Jackson with 12 second remaining. The two connected again on the two-point conversion to force overtime. Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano enjoyed seeing his team celebrate the victory:

"I was really happy for our players," Schiano said. "You saw a lot of kid come out of a lot of these men when that happened," Schiano said. "When they won the game and in the lockerroom, I'm really excited for them. I enjoy it, I like winning. But it's kind of like a parent, it's fun to watch them enjoy it more than anything."

The Buccaneers play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The game is scheduled for a kickoff at 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on Fox.

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