The Atlanta Falcons rose up above the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Would the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fall as well? More importantly, would the Falcons be able to beat the Bucs in Tampa Bay?
– Just when it seemed the Bucs would begin the game with guns blazing (after Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan fumbled the ball), safety Thomas DeCoud intercepted Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman. No score resulted from this turnover. Neither team scored until the bottom of the quarter – Tampa Bay field goal.
– Score: 3 Tampa Bay and 0 Atlanta
– The Falcons tied the score with a FG in the top of the quarter.
– Bucs wide receiver Ernest Graham nearly made a touchdown towards the bottom of the quarter. A play later, Josh Freeman broke the plane. After another Falcons turnover, the Bucs increased their numbers with a FG. Any chance the Falcons would have to at least get a FG was quashed with yet another turnover.
– Score 13 Tampa Bay and 3 Atlanta.
– The Bucs were on a cinnamon bun with another FG in the middle of the quarter.
– Score: 16 Tampa Bay and 3 Atlanta.
– Would the momentum shift in the top of the quarter be enough for the Falcons? (Safety William Moore intercepted Josh Freeman). Not at first. After an incredible forty-nine yard catch by running back Julio Jones, Matt Ryan and tight end Tony Gonzalez connected in the end zone. With four minutes left to play, the Falcons went for a FG.
– And in the bottom of the quarter? Niet. So close and yet so far.
– Final score: 16 Tampa Bay and 13 Atlanta.
1. Commentary provided by Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman on Fox.
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