NFL 2012: The Buccaneers whisper to the Falcons’ scream

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers trekked north to face the Atlanta Falcons in the last game of the regular season.  When the Falcons last played the Buccaneers, they won by a hair.  Would they win by a leaps and bounds today?  Televised on Fox, Dick Stockton and John Lynch provided commentary today.  The Bucs put the first score on the board with a field goal eleven minutes into the first quarter.  The Falcons tied the score with a FG with just over two minutes left in the quarter.  Tampa Bay 3 and Atlanta 3.  There wasn’t much spectacle to this game until the top of the second quarter when Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Williams.  Nearing the end of the second quarter, they increased their lead with another FG.  Tampa Bay 13 and Atlanta 3.  Methinks the Falcons were Skyping in their performance in the first half.

The third quarter was no kinder to the Falcons as the Bucs made yet another FG in the top.  Tampa Bay 16 and Atlanta 3.  When I was about to resign myself to watching lackluster dirty bird duties, cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted Josh Freeman towards the bottom of the quarter.  A couple plays later, Falcons running back Michael Turner shook his team’s momentum back on track with a seventeen-yard jolt into the end zone.  The Bucs running back Doug Martin responded with a trip to the end zone as well.  A two-point conversion was unsuccessfully attempted.  Tampa Bay 22 and Atlanta 10.

The fourth quarter was nothing to smile about for Falcons fans until halfway through when wide receiver Harry Douglas made a TD.  Tampa Bay 22 and Atlanta 17.   Final score.  Tit for tat, the Falcons did beat the Bucs earlier in the year.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

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