The Falcons made it a contest in the third quarter and ultimately fell apart in the fourth for their second straight loss.
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Falcons - Bucs recap
There weren’t high hopes for Atlanta’s road matchup against the reigning Super Bowl Champs, and while they were dismantled in the first half, a valiant effort brought them within three points in the third quarter.
That all unraveled in the fourth quarter courtesy of a shank punt by Cameron Nizialek and a Matt Ryan interception.
The loss moves the series history between these divisional foes to even, and leaves us with even more questions as the Falcons open the season 0-2. It was ugly at the start, and it was ugly to close it out.
While Atlanta looked more prepared than their dreadful opener against Philadelphia, their offense still looks like a big work in progress and the defense struggled to stop Tampa’s chunk plays early on. Arthur Smith showed us a bit of what he brings to the table as Atlanta’s head coach, but at the end of the day, it’s another loss.
Falcons bringing in punters for a tryout
Cameron Nizialek had a downright miserable day. He shanked two punts — the second of which was a prime contributor in Atlanta’s loss to Tampa Bay.
Coach Arthur Smith has a decision on his hands, as the Falcons are expected to bring in candidates for the punting job this week.
Russell Gage left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter, but was able to return in the second half.
After an athletic leaping PBU in the third quarter, A.J. Terrell entered the locker room with a member of the team’s staff to be evaluated for a concussion.
Practice squad moves
Kicker Elliott Fry returns, offensive lineman Danny Isidora is released.