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How they scored

How they scored

1st quarter, 7-0

Bucs, 12:37, 5 plays, 19 yards, 1:52

John Gilmore 5-yard touchdown catch from Brian Griese (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: The short drive was set up by Aqib Talib's first career interception, at the Falcons 19. On the second play, Griese overthrew an open Alex Smith for what would have been a touchdown but found Joey Galloway for a 12-yard gain to the 7 on third and 10. Two plays later, Griese hit Gilmore for the tight end's first touchdown as a Buccaneer.

14-0

Bucs, 11:08, 14 plays, 61 yards, 6:10

, Warrick Dunn 17-yard run (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: Brian Griese connected on three passes of 10 yards or more, two on third down. Ike Hilliard caught an 11-yarder on third and 4, Alex Smith a 10-yarder and Dunn a 12-yarder on third and 10 from the Falcons 20. Two penalties, one nullifying an Earnest Graham touchdown run, pushed the Bucs back to the 23 before a pair of Dunn runs completed the drive.

17-0

Bucs, 9:07, 4 plays, 2 yards, 1:27

Matt Bryant 33-yard field goal. Key play: Bryant's first field goal of the day was set up by strong safety Sabby Piscitelli's first career interception, picking off a Matt Ryan third-down pass and returning it to the Falcons 17. An Earnest Graham run and B.J. Askew catch netted little, and an incompletion forced the Bucs to settle for the field goal, Bryant's third of the season after a shaky preseason.

17-3

Bucs, :12, 7 plays, 9 yards, 1:34

Jason Elam 32-yard field goal. Key play: Atlanta's first score was set up by its special teams with Adam Jennings returning a line-drive Josh Bidwell punt 37 yards to the Bucs 23. Matt Ryan completed only three passes in the first half, but one was a 19-yarder to Roddy White to set up first and goal at the 7. Two incompletions and a Gaines Adams sack forced the Falcons to settle for the field goal.

3rd quarter

17-6

Bucs, 1:03, 13 plays, 75 yards, 6:43

Jason Elam 27-yard field goal. Key plays: Atlanta's drive was aided by instant replay. The Falcons were ruled short on a third-down pass to Roddy White but challenged the spot and picked up another 2 yards for a first down. Four plays later, Greg White was called for roughing the passer, a 15-yard penalty that moved the Falcons to the Bucs 47. Matt Ryan completed passes of 13 and 21 yards before the drive stalled at the Tampa Bay 9.

4th quarter

17-9

Bucs, 5:12, 13 plays, 77 yards, 6:22

Jason Elam 24-yard field goal. Key plays: The most bizarre netted the Falcons 33 yards, included a pass, fumble, illegal forward pass and personal foul and moved the ball to the Bucs 48. Matt Ryan completed passes of 23 yards (Laurent Robinson) and 13 yards (Harry Douglas), setting up first and goal at the 4. A Ryan run for minus-2 yards and two incompletions forced the Falcons to again settle for the field goal., , 24-9

Bucs, 3:08, 4 plays, 79 yards, 2:04

Earnest Graham 68-yard touchdown run (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: Tampa Bay set up at its 21 after Atlanta pulled within one score. Graham and Warrick Dunn combined for 11 yards on three runs before Graham broke off right tackle, raced along the sideline virtually untouched and broke a pair of tackles near the goal line.

How they scored 09/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 15, 2008 1:54pm]

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