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Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Atlanta Falcons: How they scored

How they scored

Team Score Time Drive The plays
1st 7-0


8:06 13 plays, 61 yards, 6:54 Michael Turner 2-yard run (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: The Falcons took the opening kickoff and methodically marched through the Bucs defense for the opening score. They converted on two key plays — a 15-yard pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez on a third and 6 and a 4-yard pass to running back Jason Snelling on fourth and 2 from the Bucs 34 — to keep the drive alive. Turner had eight carries for 28 yards, and Matt Ryan was 4-for-5 for 33 yards.
2nd 14-0


13:39 10 plays, 99 yards, 3:59 Michael Turner 10-yard run (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: Pinned inside their 1 after a Bucs punt, the Falcons used the same formula as the first drive — Turner on the ground and Matt Ryan's accuracy — to go the length of the field. Ryan completed two third-down passes then hit former Leto High standout Michael Jenkins, who beat cornerback Ronde Barber deep, for a 43-yard gain to the Bucs 17. Turner scored two plays later.


12:10 4 plays, 32 yards, 1:29 Arrelious Benn 14-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: Micheal Spurlock set up Tampa Bay's first score, returning the kickoff 66 yards to the Falcons 32. Two plays resulted in just 3 yards, but Freeman kept the drive going with a 15-yard pass to Mike Williams on third and 7. Freeman hit Benn for the touchdown in the right corner of the end zone on the following play.


5:27 11 plays, 72 yards, 6:43 Matt Bryant 31-yard field goal. Key plays: Three possessions, three long scoring drives for the Falcons. The big play came on third and 6 from the Falcons 47. Matt Ryan hit Brian Finneran for an 8-yard gain and the first down, then it picked up another 15 when cornerback Elbert Mack was called for a unnecessary roughness away from the ball. After a 10-yard run by Jason Snelling, the Bucs defense stiffened, forcing the field goal.


2:06 7 plays, 90 yards, 3:21 Mike Williams 58-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: Starting from his 10 after a short kickoff return, Freeman kept the offense on the field with a 13-yard pass to tight end Kellen Winslow on third and 6. Running back Cadillac Williams picked up another first down with 11 yards on a 9-yard catch and 2-yard run. Two plays later, Freeman — recognizing a blitz — hit Williams on a quick slant from the left, and the rookie split the secondary for the long touchdown.
3rd 24-14


10:31 7 plays, 30 yards, 3:03 Michael Palmer 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick). Key plays: The Falcons made Josh Freeman pay for the game's first turnover, turning defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux's interception at the Bucs 30 into their third touchdown. Running back Michael Turner picked up 19 yards on the drive's first play. And Ryan hit Roddy White for a 9-yard gain to the 1 before finding Palmer for the touchdown three plays later.


0:46 11 plays, 59 yards, 5:54 Matt Bryant 41-yard field goal. Key plays: An 11-yard run by Michael Turner, 22-yard pass to Roddy White and 12-yard run by Turner had the Falcons thinking touchdown with a first down at the Bucs 22. But an offensive interference call on White cost Atlanta 10 yards, and the offense couldn't recover, forcing the Falcons to settle for Bryant's second field goal of the game.


0:30 None Micheal Spurlock 89-yard kickoff return (Connor Barth kick). Key play: Spurlock, who recorded the first-ever kickoff return for a touchdown in franchise history in 2007, picked up another with this nifty run down the right sideline. Receiver Maurice Stovall initially muffed the short kick before Spurlock picked it up at the 11, worked his way through traffic and tightroped down the sideline for the score.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Atlanta Falcons: How they scored 11/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 7, 2010 9:06pm]
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