Buccaneers fall to Falcons 34-20


He had a season-high 253 receiving yards on 12 receptions with two touchdowns, doubling his touchdown total through the first 10 games. They converted two third-down plays on a 14-play drive and ate up almost six minutes of clock before halftime, but could only muster a 27-yard field goal, their second of the game.

That would be Mohamed Sanu, who maintained his flawless passer rating with this impressive deep ball to Julio Jones.

The Falcons opened the third quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman to extend their score to 27-6 However, The Bucs did respond with a touchdown of their own from Peyton Barber. Fitzpatrick, who had zero touchdowns or interceptions, added two rushes for 20 yards. After being down 27-6 at the beginning of the third quarter, they made it a one-score game. And nickel back Brian Poole was lost to a lower-back injury.

Atlanta allowed a slight comeback and after a Terron Ward fumble, and at one point they were in position to allow Tampa Bay to tie. And the pressure up front was non-existent until rookie Takk McKinley came up with a key sack late.

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Matt Bryant hit a field goal before halftime to make it 20-6.

The fact that they had four takeaways on defense last week and were able to get only 17 points from them tells you something: This offense, led by head coach Dirk Koetter, should be better.

Andre Roberts continued to show spark in the return game. Matt Bosher had two punts for an average of 52 yards. After two-straight wins, the team is looking for their third in a row, which could help solidify them as favorites for a Wild Card spot in the NFC.