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42-18 atlanta

First quarter
Scores
7-0 Falcons 8:12 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:48
Jacquizz Rodgers 1-yard touchdown run (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: Atlanta had little trouble on its opening drive. Michael Turner opened with a 26-yard run and Matt Ryan added passes of 23 yards to Roddy White and 8 yards to Tony Gonzalez to set up the rookie running back's touchdown.
14-0 Falcons 3:30 7 plays, 53 yards, 2:52
Julio Jones 17-yard touchdown pass from Ryan (Bryant kick). Key plays: Atlanta's second scoring drive was aided by a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on DE Michael Bennett. Turner added 17 rushing yards before Ryan hit Jones for the score.
21-0 Falcons 3:04 1 play, 48 yards, :12
Jones 48-yard touchdown pass from Ryan (Bryant kick). Key plays: Dominique Franks intercepted Josh Freeman's first pass of the game at the Bucs 48, and the Falcons capitalized on the next play, Ryan again connecting with Jones for the score.


Second quarter
Scores
28-0 Falcons 11:40 7 plays, 30 yards, 3:34
Turner 1-yard touchdown run (Bryant kick). Key plays: Freeman suffered another turnover, this one a sack and fumble recovery by DE John Abraham at the Tampa Bay 30. Seven consecutive runs by Turner later and the Falcons had their fourth touchdown.
35-0 Falcons 10:43 None
Curtis Lofton 26-yard interception return for touchdown (Bryant kick). Key plays: Another Freeman interception, his 21st of the season, cost the Bucs again as LB Lofton tipped then caught the pass and ran untouched down the left sideline for the score.
42-0 Falcons 6:49 2 plays, 86 yards, :50
Turner 81-yard touchdown run (Bryant kick). Key plays: Starting from their own 14, the Falcons watched Turner pick up 5 yards on first down then burst off left tackle and sprint down the left sideline for yet another Atlanta touchdown.
42-7 Falcons 2:04 7 plays, 80 yards, 4:45
Dezmon Briscoe 2-yard touchdown pass from Freeman (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: Freeman's passing accounted for all the yards in the scoring drive, with a 48-yard pass to Preston Parker and a 13-yard completion to Kellen Winslow. The TD to Briscoe came on third and goal.


Third quarter
Scores
42-10 Falcons 4:19 10 plays, 53 yards, 5:27
Barth 41-yard field goal. Key plays: Freeman completed 5 of 6 passes, including a 31-yard connection to Mike Williams, to spark Tampa Bay's second scoring drive of the game.
42-18 Falcons 3:32 None
Elbert Mack 40-yard interception return for touchdown (Winslow pass from Freeman). Key plays: Backup Atlanta QB Chris Redman had his pass intercepted by Mack, who ran untouched for the score. Freeman hit Winslow in the right corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion.


Fourth quarter
Scores
42-24 Falcons 11:13 10 plays, 77 yards, 5:03
Briscoe 5-yard touchdown pass from Freeman (run failed). Key plays: Freeman completed passes of 22 yards to Winslow, 11 yards to LeGarrette Blount and 9 yards to Briscoe before completing his second TD toss of the game.
45-24 Falcons 3:59 4 plays, 8 yards, 2:10
Bryant 20-yard field goal. Key plays: The Bucs failed on fourth and 2 at their 10, setting up the Falcons for an easy score. Jason Snelling picked up 8 yards on three runs before Bryant hit the chip-shot field goal.

42-18 atlanta 01/01/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 1, 2012 9:15pm]
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