Bucs battle back after early deficit but fall to Falcons, 34-20

Bucs battle back after early deficit but fall to Falcons, 34-20

Bucs battle back after early deficit but fall to Falcons, 34-20

Piling up season-high 516 yards of offense on Tampa Bay, Atlanta was a ridiculous 11-of-14 on third downs and showed lovely balance with 28-148-2 rushing (5.3 YPC), Matt Ryan completing 26-of-35 passing for 317 yards and a score and Sanu entering the passing record books for good measure by becoming the second player in the modern era with five-plus career attempts and, still a ideal passer rating (6-of-6, 228 yards and three touchdowns). Jones can rip through single coverage better than any receiver still in playoff contention aside from Antonio Brown. "Obviously, he gets us going".

Falcons cornerbacks Brian Poole (lower back) and Desmond Trufant (concussion) were knocked out of the game against Tampa Bay in the second quarter on Sunday. Matt Ryan threw a 25-yard touchdown to him on the next drive for a 17-3 lead, and Atlanta led 20-6 at halftime.

But Keanu Neal battled down Fitzpatrick's pass on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 18 with just over 7 minutes remaining, and the Falcons drove for a clinching touchdown on Tevin Coleman's 14-yard run with just under 2 minutes to go. During the final minutes of the NFC showdown, the game was fairly back and forth, but Atlanta did just enough to top Tampa Bay and escape with a 34-20 victory over the Buccaneers.

Coleman, filling in for again for injured Devonta Freeman, rushed for 97 yards and two TDs. Looking for his third victory since taking over for Winston, the backup quarterback finished 26 of 44 for 283 yards, setting up a pair of short touchdown runs by Peyton Barber.

The TD toss came from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who took the snap as a wildcat tailback.

Ryan was 26 of 35 for 317 yards, while Sanu remained flawless in his career when throwing the ball.

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