Thanks to five touchdown passes from Tom Brady, the Bucs came away with a 48-25 win against the divisional rival Atlanta Falcons. A tale of two games — while the score would indicate a blowout, this game was much more complex than that.

After jumping out to an early lead, the Bucs allowed the Falcons to come back and hang around in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 28-25. The Bucs roared back in the fourth quarter however, with the defense blanking the Falcons offense and creating two turnovers.

The Bucs took an early 7-0 lead on a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski on the first drive of the game. After a three-and-out for Atlanta, the Bucs marched back down the field, only to turn the ball over when Dante Fowler strip-sacked Brady in Falcons territory.

But the Falcons couldn’t generate offense early, and the Bucs quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Gronkowski’s second touchdown of the game. Atlanta finally responded with a five-play, 66-yard drive of their own. Cordarrelle Patterson’s 10-yard touchdown run made it 14-7 early in the second quarter.

After each team exchanged punts, the Bucs put together an 8-play, 85-yard drive to go up 21-7 on Brady’s third touchdown pass of the game. The lead could have been greater, but Shaq Barrett was flagged for a slight offsides on a Matt Ryan fumble that Devin White scooped up for a touchdown just before the half. The penalty helped get Atlanta in field goal range to cut the deficit to 21-10 at the half.

The Bucs took control early in the second half, as Shaq Barrett intercepted a tipped pass by Vita Vea to give the Bucs offense a short field. Four plays later, Brady’s fourth touchdown of the game made it 28-10.

The Falcons stormed back with 15 straight points to cut the lead to 28-25. A huge third down stop by Rakeem Nunez-Roches forced a Falcons punt that set the Bucs up with great field position at the Atlanta 43. Brady found Chris Godwin in the back of the end zone to make it 35-25 with under ten minutes to play.

Bucs safety Mike Edwards then salted the game away with back-to-back pick-sixes of Matt Ryan, giving Tampa Bay a final 48-25 advantage. The Bucs improved to 2-0, while Atlanta falls to 0-2 on the season.

The Bucs set several team and individual records in the game, becoming the first team to win nine straight games in a row scoring 30 or more points. Brady would set or tie multiple franchise records, including four consecutive regular season games with 4-plus touchdowns and tying the franchise record with a 5-touchdown game. He also moved into a tie with Peyton Manning for the second most 4-plus touchdown games in NFL history.

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J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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chefboho
1 month ago

They definitely need to look into some veteran CB’s. It’s the one position on this team besides the obvious QB that we can’t afford to loose anyone else. Teams are sinking and dunking down the field and I don’t see many blitzes it seems. I’m sure there’s concern about them getting beat deep, but this defense certainly needs improvement. I just don’t understand the stupid pooch kicks when pinion can put it out of the end zone almost every time. And then taking two timeouts before scoring right before the half instead of letting time run down so they don’t… Read more »

drdneast
Reply to  chefboho
1 month ago

Should have used tht 2nd round pick on a CB instead of the quarter pounder sitting on the bench.

Spitfire
Reply to  chefboho
1 month ago

They blitzed the hell outta Prescott but he kept getting rid of it quickly. I’m guessing with injuries and Davis on one leg they wanted to keep more guys in coverage today. You are right though, unless we have some real hidden talent in Miller and the other bench CB’s they really do need to bring in a solid Vet CB. Desir will hopefully fill in nicely but we could definitely use some insurance.

drdneast
1 month ago

Big Red messed our mo up by picking up that personal foul penalty in the first period. Enough is enogh. He wasn’t the only one making bone head plays though. RoJo whiffing on the blitzer. Edwards whiffing on a tackle of Patterson. Thank god we have Brady.

bucballer
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

The RoJo whiff was painful to watch! Totally missed him. I’m sure Brady let him know how he felt about the play. I’m beginning to think RoJo’s athletic ability cannot continually overcome his mental gaffes!

pinkstob
1 month ago

What a great win by the Bucs, and it was against a division opponent! Brady looks as spry as ever. The defense also really stepped up at the end. Not a perfect win, but I’m not going to sweat the details when we score 48 points! :-)

scubog
Reply to  pinkstob
1 month ago

Pink: Nice someone doesn’t just look to find fault to support their on-going agenda. The team wins by 23 points and the residents of Bucville don’t think it was good enough and resort to the typical “yeah but”…….. We seem to now have this mindset that we’re just going to waltz in and win the game as if the opponent should have no chance at victory. This is the NFL folks. All teams are capable of beating you. After the first flawless drive, it looked like the Bucs were going to cruise to an easy win. But then we got… Read more »

Horse
1 month ago

So this next game will tell us where we stand as to 2021 Season. This is the first of several games which will define the Bucs legacy. Go Bucs! Keep the Repeat Alive!!

BucHarbour
1 month ago

I don’t understand why Bowels keeps reverting to the soft coverage from the DB’s. Good QB’s like Ryan are going to burn us short repeatedly with that crap. When you are consistently crushing the pocket in on the QB, give them an extra second by covering tighter on the receiving targets, and don’t let the QB get a quick easy 5-8 yards. They killed us with that crap on first downs. We finally tightened up some late and the difference was obvious. It’s like Bowels has to keep re-learning this lesson. This game started out looking like Madden football. Brady… Read more »

bucballer
1 month ago

I thought White’s Scoop and score should have counted! Replay seemed to show he timed the snap with the movement of the center. Would’ve been sweet for White too as he and David seemed to always be around the ball.