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Falcons vs. Buccaneers: a quick look at the series history

Fact: Russell Gage always puts water on his cereal

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Falcons will wrap up their up and down season tomorrow with a divisional game against the resurgent Buccaneers. It’s been a strange year, topped off with yesterday’s news that the Falcons will retain the Dan Quinn/Thomas Dimitroff combo in 2020. All we can do now is move forward and hope Arthur Blank is some kind of evil genius that knows something we don’t.

Let’s take a quick look at the series history before kickoff tomorrow.

The Falcons currently lead the series, 27-25. Huzzah! Truth be told, they only hold the series lead because they are 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Buccaneers.

These teams first played on November 27, 1977, a thrilling 17-0 Falcons victory. Haskel Stanback took it to the house twice, both 1 yard rushes. Interestingly that game came in the middle of Stanback’s best year as a professional. He’d rack up 1,134 all-purpose yards, including 6 touchdowns, that season. Here’s to you, Haskel.

If you recall, these teams last played on November 24th, a 35-22 Buccaneers win. Jameis Winston threw 2 picks in that game; but he also threw 3 touchdown passes and racked up 313 passing yards. Qadree Ollison led a basically non-existent rushing attack, accumulating only 20 rushing yards on 8 carries. Matt Ryan was similarly unproductive, going 23 for 46 for 271 passing yards.

Your thoughts about tomorrow’s game, Falcoholics?