How they scored: Atlanta Falcons 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

How they scored

Team Time Drive
1st

7-0

Atlanta

6:23 6 plays, 52 yards, 3:16
Michael Turner 5-yard run (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: Turner and All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez were too much for the Bucs on the Falcons' second possession. Turner picked up 16 yards on three carries, and quarterback Matt Ryan hit Gonzalez on passes of 14 and 17 yards, the second to the Bucs 5. Turner finished off the drive on the next play, running through the middle for the score.

7-7

Tie

:25 11 plays, 86 yards, 5:58
LeGarrette Blount 6-yard run (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: Blount carried five times for 43 yards, including a 20-yarder to the Falcons 6 one play before his touchdown run. The drive included a first down on a 2-yard option run by receiver Sammie Stroughter, who took a pitch from backup quarterback Josh Johnson out of the wildcat formation. Quarterback Josh Freeman completed passes of 10 yards to tight end Ryan Purvis and 11 yards to receiver Mike Williams and added 17 yards on a scramble.
2nd

14-7

Atlanta

4:37 8 plays, 60 yards, 2:34
Ovie Mughelli 17-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: The Falcons brought out their hurry-up offense, and it worked to perfection. Ryan hit quick passes to receivers Mike Jenkins (15 yards) and Harry Douglas (21). A personal foul called on Atlanta receiver Roddy White set up second and 28 at the Bucs 42, but defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was hit with a personal foul on the next play, giving the Falcons a first down at the 17. After two incomplete passes, Ryan hit Mughelli for the score.

14-14

Tie

:15 7 plays, 30 yards, 1:24
Mike Williams 1-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: Safety Sean Jones intercepted an overthrown Matt Ryan pass, and he returned it 31 yards to the Falcons 30. Receiver Arrelious Benn picked up a first down on a 7-yard end around, and tight end Kellen Winslow had an 8-yard reception to the Falcons 1. After an incomplete pass, quarterback Josh Freeman hit Williams on a quick slant for the score.
3rd

17-14

Tampa Bay

11:34 8 plays, 51 yards, 3:26
Connor Barth 33-yard field goal. Key plays: The Bucs took their first lead, thanks to a 38-yard kickoff return by Micheal Spurlock and a 28-yard run by running back LeGarrette Blount two plays later to the Atlanta 38. Blount added a 10-yard run, good for a first down at the Falcons 24, but quarterback Josh Freeman's third-down pass to tight end Kellen Winslow fell a yard short, forcing Barth's first field goal.
4th

24-14

Tampa Bay

10:24 4 plays, 39 yards, 2:00
Tight end John Gilmore 2-yard pass from Earnest Graham (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: Safety Corey Lynch had an interception at the Falcons 39 after receiver Roddy White slipped. After a 9-yard pass to receiver Mike Williams, quarterback Josh Freeman threw a quick out to receiver Arrelious Benn, who split two defenders and raced 28 yards to the Falcons 2. After a LeGarrette Blount run for no gain, Graham took a handoff right, pulled up and hit a wide-open Gilmore for the score.

24-21

Tampa Bay

10:03 None
Eric Weems 102-yard kickoff return (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: The Bucs seemingly relaxed on the kickoff, with multiple players failing to bring Weems down or push him out of bounds. Weems broke a few tackles early, cut to the right sideline, navigated through several Bucs then broke free. The Bucs challenged the play in hopes that Weems had stepped out of bounds, but the ruling was upheld.

28-24

Falcons

4:31 10 plays, 67 yards, 3:59
Mike Jenkins 9-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: Four plays doomed the Bucs to defeat: a 25-yard pass from Ryan to receiver Roddy White on third and 20 from the Atlanta 23; a pass-interference call on cornerback Ronde Barber for a first down at the Bucs 33; a personal foul on Quincy Black (horse-collar tackle) for a first down at the Bucs 16; and Ryan's touchdown pass to Jenkins on third and 3 at the 9.

How they scored: Atlanta Falcons 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 12/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 5, 2010 10:37pm]

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