MATCHUP: Atlanta Falcons (9-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
WHEN: Sunday, December 5, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. ET
TV ANNOUNCERS: Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger
RADIO: WDAE, Flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Scot Brantley
LAST WEEK: The Atlanta Falcons improved to 9-2 on the season by notching a 24-21 comeback win against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. Atlanta outgained New Orleans 396-306. Falcons quarterback Michael Vick completed 16-of-29 (55 percent) of his passes for 212 yards and tossed two touchdowns and one interception. He also carried the ball 10 times for 69 yards and scored a touchdown. With the help of running backs Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett, the Falcons produced 186 yards rushing on 33 carries. Vick connected with tight end Alge Crumpler four times for 103 yards and a touchdown, which proved to be the game-winning score in the fourth quarter. Saints wide receiver Joe Horn caught nine passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Running back Deuce McAllister rushed 23 times for 100 yards (4.3 avg.). The Falcons picked off QB Aaron Brooks twice and sacked him four times. Two of those quarterback takedowns were notched by defensive tackle Rod Coleman.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost on the road to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, 21-14. Despite producing 398 yards of offense and converting 62 percent of their third down attempts, the Bucs kept finding ways to shoot themselves in the foot. Former Bucs kicker Martin Gramatica missed three field goals, one of which was blocked, and running back Michael Pittman, who hauled in eight passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, fumbled twice. Quarterback Brian Griese completed nearly 70 percent of his passes, but his interception to Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers was returned 44 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Bucs cornerback Torrie Cox allowed Panthers WR Keary Colbert to haul in two touchdowns, and RB Nick Goings rushed 23 times for 106 yards (4.6 avg.).
THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: November 14, 2004: Tampa Bay and Atlanta clashed at the Georgia Dome in this contest and the Falcons sent the Bucs home with a 24-14 loss.
BUCS-FALCONS SERIES: The Buccaneers are 12-10 all-time against the Falcons, including 7-5 in games played in Tampa. Tampa Bay has lost two straight games to Atlanta.
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