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Falcons 28, Buccaneers 22: Atlanta wins an ugly game to finish 7-9 again

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It was as uninspiring a win as a team could muster.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The last time these two teams squared off, Atlanta was coming off back-to-back wins against the Saints and Panthers. It was the Bucs game in Atlanta that reset expectations for the Falcons as Tampa Bay won 35-22. With Dan Quinn set to return in 2020 and this game having absolutely no implications for the future, will Atlanta still play hard? Or will they position themselves slightly better in the upcoming draft? Read on to see how this game played out.

First quarter

The Falcons offense starts the game from their own 25 with a 1-yard loss on the run by Devonta Freeman. After making up for it with a 7 yard gain on 2nd down, on 3rd and 4 Matt Ryan connects with Julio Jones for 4 yards and the first down. A 10 yard reception by Luke Stocker, a run for no gain by Freeman and offsides on the Bucs set up 2nd and 5. Ryan again finds Julio for 9 yards and another first. After another offside penalty, Ryan connects with Ty Sambrailo for the long touchdown reception.

Falcons 7, Buccaneers 0

The Bucs offense starts with a run by Ronald Jones that is fumbled and recovered by Deion Jones. The Falcons offense takes over deep in Tampa territory.

After a toss to Freeman goes for 5 yards and the next run loses a yard, on 3rd and 6 the Falcons get the first down as Ryan connects with Julio yet again for another first down conversion. After an incomplete pass and a run for no gain, on 3rd and 10 the Falcons can’t keep the drive going as the pass to Freeman is several yards short. Younghoe Koo comes on to punch in the 27 yard field goal.

Falcons 10, Buccaneers 0

Jameis Winston and the Bucs start from their own 25 with a 37 yard pass to Breshad Perriman. After a 4 yard run by Ronald Jones and a near interception by Blidi Wreh-Wilson, on 3rd and 6 Kendall Sheffield destroys Cyril Grayson and stops him short of the first down conversion. Tampa Bay tries for the 49 yard field goal, but it’s no good.

Falcons 10, Buccaneers 0

The Falcons offense starts with a near interception as Ryan’s arm was hit while throwing. On 2nd and 10, Vita Vea gets the sack on Ryan to setup 3rd and 16. Ryan connects with Russell Gage for the short pass, but it’s well short of the sticks. Atlanta is forced to punt.

Starting from their own 8, the Bucs start with a 3 yard run by Peyton Barber. After an incompletion on 2nd and 7, on 3rd down Winston is unable to connect with Cameron Brate due to a great pass break up by Ricardo Allen. Tampa Bay is forced to punt.

The Falcons offense starts with a run by Freeman up the middle for 2 yards. Ryan finds Julio again for 7 yards to setup 3rd and 1. Ryan is forced to throw it away and Atlanta goes for it on 4th and 1. The dive by the fullback goes nowhere and Atlanta turns the ball over on downs.

The Bucs start with a pass to Perriman for 15 yards as the quarter comes to an end.

Falcons 10, Buccaneers 0

Second quarter

The Bucs start with a run for 4 yards followed by a screen pass to Barber that goes for 14. Just like that, Tampa Bay is at the Atlanta 32. After holding sets up 1st and 20, Winston’s pass to Barber picks up 7. He then finds Perriman again for a big gain that takes Tampa down to the Falcons 7 yard line. Winston finds Perriman again to setup 2nd and goal from the 1. After a tackle for loss on 2nd down, on 3rd and goal from the 2 the Bucs are denied by the pass break up by Isaiah Oliver. Tampa goes for it on 4th and 2 and Winston connects with Cameron Brate for the touchdown.

Falcons 10, Buccaneers 7

The Disappointing Dirk Doers start from their own 25 with a pass to Austin Hooper for 9 yards. A run by Freeman picks up the first, but Ryan is sacked on the next play to setup 2nd and 17. After Ryan finds Olamide Zaccheaus for an 11 yard gain, the Falcons are gifted the first down when the Bucs are called for unnecessary roughness. On 1st and 10 from the Bucs 44, Ryan finds Hardy for a 7 yard gain. After a Freeman run for 1 yard, on 3rd and 2 Freeman rushes for 3 and the first. Ryan then targets Gage deep downfield but he can’t haul it in. On 2nd and 10, Ryan connects with Justin Hardy who picks up the first down and also gets an unnecessary roughness penalty after taking a shot to the head. On 1st and 10, Ryan can’t get a good throw off due to pressure in the pocket. After Ryan has to throw it away on 2nd down, on 3rd and 10 Ryan is called for an illegal forward pass and Atlanta opts for the short field goal. Koo nails it.

Falcons 13, Buccaneers 7

Starting from their own 25, the Bucs offense starts with a near grab by Perriman down the sideline, but it goes incomplete. On 2nd and 10, Jameis Winston inches closer to 30 interceptions on the year when Ricardo Allen picks him off for his 29th on the season. He returns it to the Bucs 19 to put the Atlanta offense in great position.

Qadree Ollison picks up 5 on the run up the middle and follows it up with another 6 yard run to set up 1st and goal. Ollison gets the carry again but slips and falls to lose a yard. Julio Jones also slips on the 2nd down pass to setup 3rd and goal from the 10. On the play, Ryan’s hand is hit by Jason Pierre-Paul and the ball comes out and is ruled a fumble, that is returned by Devin White for the Bucs for a touchdown. Of course.

Falcons 13, Buccaneers 14

With 3 minutes left in the half, the Falcons start with an incomplete pass to Julio. On 2nd and 10, the draw play to Freeman gains nothing. On 3rd and 10, Ryan finds Julio for a big gain that goes past the 50 and the first down. After a Freeman run for 10 yards converts another first, Ryan finds Julio Jones again for a 14 yard gain and another first. After a wide-receiver screen is blown up and a pass to Gage is batted away, on 3rd and 10 Ryan is sacked again as Pierre-Paul beats Kaleb McGary again. The Falcons bring Koo on for the 45 yard field goal and he punches it in to give Atlanta the lead again.

Falcons 16, Buccaneers 14

With 50 seconds left, the Bucs start with a run for 4 yards. On 2nd and 6, Winston gets a first down pass to keep the drive moving. Winston then finds Perriman to put the Bucs on the Atlanta 24. With 19 seconds left on 2nd and 10, Winston finds Perriman again for another touchdown. Tampa goes for 2 and Winston runs it in for the successful conversion. The Bucs retake the lead going into the half.

Falcons 16, Buccaneers 22

Third quarter

Starting from their own 25after nearly fumbling the kickoff, the Bucs offense starts with a run for 33 yards by Ronald Jones. After a wild-cat run by Franklin for 11 yards and a conventional run by Jones for 4 yards, on 2nd and 6 Winston scrambles for a 3 yard gain. Devondre Campbell sniffs out the pass to Jones and tackles him for a 1 yard loss. Tampa attempts the 44 yard field goal but misses it.

Falcons 16, Buccaneers 22

The Falcons offense starts with a pitch to Brian Hill that gains 3 yards. After an incomplete pass on 2nd down, Ryan connects with Russell Gage for the first. Ryan then finds Austin Hooper for 11 yards and another move of the sticks. After a 1 yard run by Brian Hill and a throw away by Ryan, on 3rd and 9 Ryan’s pass is batted down at the line. Atlanta decides to punt.

Ronald Jones kicks off the Bucs next drive with a 9 yard run. Jones then breaks out another big run to put the Bucs at their own 45. After Jameis misses Perriman downfield, the Bucs challenge and get a PI call against Isaiah Oliver, putting them at the Falcons 22 yard line with the first down. After a throw-away on first down, Jones runs it for 16 yards to take it to first and goal from the Falcons 6. On 1st and goal, Grady Jarrett eats Winston alive with the sack. After an offensive PI call on O.J. Howard, on 2nd and goal from the Bucs 24 Winston can’t connect with Perriman in the end zone. Jones picks up 8 yards on the run, so the Bucs have to settle for a 34 yard field goal attempt. They miss it again!

Falcons 16, Buccaneers 22

Starting from their own 24, the Falcons begin with a quick pass to Julio Jones for a 4 yard gain. Ryan then finds Hooper for 6 yards and the first down. After an incomplete pass to Julio, Ryan connects with Gage for 14 yard gain and the first down. Devonta breaks off a nice 6 yard run followed by a 5 yard run to pick up the first. After a Freeman run for 2 and 3 yard screen to Hooper we get to the final quarter of the regular season with 3rd and 5 to go.

Falcons 16, Buccaneers 22

Fourth quarter

With 3rd and 5 to go, the Falcons start the fourth quarter with a Matt Ryan pass to Russell Gage that gets the first and keeps the drive going. After Freeman rumbles for an 8 yard gain and Freeman is stopped on the ground for no gain, on 3rd and 2 Ollison can only gain 1 yard to setup 4th and 1. The Falcons go for it on 4th down, but Ryan’s pass is tipped and they turn the ball over on downs again.

The Bucs offense takes over and starts with a 5 yard run by Jones. After a holding call sets up 2nd and 15, Winston throws it beyond the line of scrimmage to set up 3rd and 20. The Bucs do nothing and choose to punt.

Starting from their own 38, the Falcons offense starts with a pass to Hooper for 11 yards and the first. After a nice run by Brian Hill for 7 yards, on 2nd and 3 Hill picks up 9 yards on the ground and another first down. After a 1 yard run on 1st down, the Falcons pick up the first down on a 9 yard pass from Ryan to Gage. An incomplete pass to Christian Blake is followed by another tipped pass to setup 3rd and 10 and the Falcons respond with an incomplete pass from Ryan to Gage. Koo comes on for the 43 yard field goal and punches it in.

Falcons 19, Buccaneers 22

Starting from their own 25 with 6 and a half minutes left, the Bucs start with a run for a 1 yard loss. Winston then connects with Justin Watson for 10 yards to setup 3rd and 1. Ronald Jones converts the first with a 6 yard run. After a run for no gain and a grounding penalty on Winston is called, on 3rd and 20 the Bucs throw a screen to Jones, but it is well short and Tampa is forced to punt. Again.

Starting from their own 20 yard line, the Falcons offense starts with a quick pass to Devonta Freeman for an 11 yard gain and the first down. A Freeman run for 3 yards is followed by a 4 yard pass to Austin Hooper to setup 3rd and 3 after the two minute warning. On the money down, the Falcons give up another sack of Matt Ryan to setup 4th and 4. On 4th down, Ryan connects with Russell Gage to convert the first down. After a neutral zone infraction sets up 1st and 5, Shaq Barrett sacks Matt Ryan for the sixth time of the game. After a throw away on 2nd down, on 3rd and 12 Ryan connects with Justin Hardy for a big gain and the first down, putting Atlanta in Bucs territory. Ryan finds Zaccheaus for a quick 11 yard strike and immediately connects with Gage for another 11 yards and the first down. On the Bucs 15,a pass to Hooper gains no yards and on 2nd down Ryan’s pass is tipped. On 3rd and 10 with 8 seconds left, Ryan can’t connect with with Julio in the endzone. The Falcons bring on Koo for the short field goal and the tie game and he punches it in. Tie game!

Falcons 22, Buccaneers 22

Overtime

Tampa wins the coin toss and starts on offense first. On the first play of overtime, Jameis Winston is picked off by Deion Jones for the pick six and the end of the game. Wow.

Final: Falcons 28, Buccaneers 22