Atlanta 31, Tampa Bay 23

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 20, 2013
Location - Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Temperature - DOME
Head Official - Walt Anderson
Attendance - 69522

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Tampa Bay 0 10 7 6 23
Atlanta 7 17 0 7 31

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 0-6 0-3 0-3 L6
Atlanta 2-4 2-2 0-2 W1

Recap


Falcons 31, Buccaneers 23:
Matt Ryan passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns as injury-riddled Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating visiting Tampa Bay.

Harry Douglas recorded a career-best performance for Atlanta (2-4) with seven receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown – stepping up as a go-to target with star receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White both out with injuries. Jacquizz Rodgers had two touchdown catches and Thomas DeCoud contributed a 30-yard fumble-return score.

Rookie Mike Glennon passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns – both to Vincent Jackson, who had 10 receptions for 138 yards – but couldn’t prevent the Buccaneers from dropping to 0-6. Tampa Bay is one of three winless NFL squads.

Atlanta built a 17-point, second-quarter lead due to DeCoud’s fumble return and Ryan’s touchdown throws to Rodgers and Douglas. The Buccaneers ended the half with Rian Lindell’s 36-yard field goal as time expired and pulled within 24-17 on Glennon’s 1-yard scoring pass to Jackson with 9:03 left in the third quarter.

Ryan flipped the ball to Rodgers for an 8-yard score to give Atlanta a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay received fourth-quarter field goals of 41 and 35 yards from Lindell – the latter coming with 1:55 left – before DeCoud recovered an onside kick to clinch it.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Ryan has thrown two or more touchdown passes in each game this season. … Standout Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin (shoulder) departed early in the third quarter after rushing 11 times for 47 yards. Martin was in a sling after the game but said X-rays were negative and he did not separate the shoulder. … The teams combined to commit 20 penalties – 11 for 103 yards by the Buccaneers and nine for 101 for Atlanta.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Tampa Bay   Atlanta
Doug Martin Player Jacquizz Rodgers
11 Attempts 8
47 Yards 16
4.3 Avg Yards 2.0
0 Touchdowns 0
16 Long 7
Receiving
Tampa Bay   Atlanta
Vincent Jackson Player Harry Douglas
10 Receptions 7
138 Yards 149
13.8 Avg Yards 21.3
2 Touchdowns 1
59 Long 54

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Tampa Bay 337 111 226 2 3 0 0.0 1
Atlanta 291 18 273 4 1 0 3.0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Arizona. The Falcons have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Carolina. The Buccaneers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.