After a back and forth battle, points left on the field via the kicking game and turnover troubles doomed the Bucs again, as the Atlanta Falcons came to town and spoiled the Bucs’ final game of the season by a score of 28-22.

The visiting Falcons received the ball to start the game and were able to get a steady drive going early (which isn’t always the case for a Bucs football game). Quarterback Matt Ryan and the rest of the Atlanta offense moved the ball well on their first few plays to get to midfield before a broken coverage left offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo wide open as an eligible receiver for a 33-yard touchdown reception. That opened the scoring at 7-0.

On the the Bucs’ first series, it was a case of good news and bad news. The good news was that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston didn’t throw an interception on the first drive. The bad news was that on their first play running back Ronald Jones fumbled the ball and it was lost to the Falcons. The Bucs defense was able to hold Atlanta to just 20 yards after the turnover and forced a field goal, but the score still went in favor of the Falcons by double digits at 10-0.

The Bucs next drive got started in a much more favorable way with a 37-yard pass to wide receiver Breshad Perriman. But unfortunately they weren’t able to do much after that. However, that was enough to get them in field goal range to try to chip into their deficit, but a missed field goal meant the score remained 10-0.

On the next two drives, one for each teams, it was the defenses that stepped up and forced two consecutive three-and-outs. Then the Falcons made it all the way to the Bucs’ 32 yard line and opted to go for it on fourth-and-2. They were stopped cold and the Buccaneers were able to take over. Nine plays later, thanks to a drive dominated by Perriman and also running back Peyton Barber, the Bucs found themselves at the goal line facing a fourth-and-goal. Opting to go for it, they targets tight end Cam Brate, who dropped a crucial pass one week ago. This time he left no doubt, reeling in the score to bring the game to a 10-7 contest.

The Falcons were able to control the ball for an extended period of time on their next drive, moving 60 yards in 13 plays. That was enough to get them into field goal range to extend their lead to 13-7. On the Bucs next drive, Winston threw his 29th interception of the season and the Falcons were able to take over with a short field yet again.

Desperate for some positive momentum, on the fifth play of the Falcons’ drive, the Bucs defense showed up big time. As Ryan dropped back to pass on third down, Jason Pierre-Paul was able to knock the ball out of his hands for a fumble, which was picked up and run all the way back for a touchdown by linebacker Devin White. That brought the score to 14-13 in favor of the Buccaneers.

The Falcons were able to to move the ball into field goal range and re-take the lead 16-14 on their next drive. When the Bucs took over with just a minute to go in the half, Winton took two big chances down the field to Perriman: One for 31 yards over the middle to get them into scoring range, and then one for 24 yards to pick up six points instead of three. After the successful 2-point conversion, the Bucs took a 22-16 lead into halftime.

To open up the second half, the Bucs were once again able to get into field goal range, but Matt Gay would miss his second of the game to keep the score at 22-16. On the Falcons’ next drive, they were only able to run seven plays before punting. Tampa Bay was again able to move the ball into field goal range, but Gay once again missed the field goal attempt, his third miss of the game.

When the Falcons took over, they were able to move the ball 57 yards in 13 plays, but that once again ended in zero points after the Bucs defense was able to stone the Atlanta offense on fourth-and-1 at the Tampa Bay 19 yard line.

When the Bucs took over, still up 22-16, they were forced to punt after just three plays. On the Falcons’ next drive they moved the ball 37 yards in nine plays to once again get into field goal range. They converted the three points and brought the score to 22-19.

The Bucs took over up three with just under six minutes to play. After a 10-yard pass to Justin Watson, the Winston tried to avoid a sack and ended up costing the team on an intentional grounding penalty. This would eventually set up a punt with 3:24 left in the game.

As the Falcons took over, they were able to move the ball well, getting to midfield quickly. But after two sacks back Shaq Barrett (his second and third sacks of the game), the Falcons were faced with a long second-and-12. But they were able to convert and move the ball into field goal range with 32 seconds left in the game. A few plays later, with eight second left, the Falcons were faced with a third-and-9. Ryan dropped back and threw one to the end zone that went incomplete. That left the Falcons with a short field goal, which they made to send this game to overtime at a score of 22-22.

And on Winston’s first pass of overtime, the Falcons picked it off for a score to finish this game 28-22 in favor of the visiting team.

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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jshumaker

“And on Winston’s first pass of overtime, the Falcons picked it off for a score to finish this game 28-22 in favor of the visiting team.”

Might as well make sure the last thing Bucs fans remember this year by is another perfectly thrown pass to the opposing team

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Dman

Out coached, out played.

A game we should have won.

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Hdotb18

Yes, like many others in this season.

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twspin

Kinda sums our Bucs up for the past few yrs. Shoulda/Coulda/Woulda…I’ll just go ahead and sum her up for yas..7-9 says you are Losers..period. Lets not ring around the roses here. On the other hand, we probably moved up another 2 slots in the draft.

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Dman

Yup. And as Bill Parcells used to say, you are who your record says you are.

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twspin

As Bucs fans, we have no other choice but to say, Next year will be our year.
I’m tired of sayin this but…I gotta believe. Here’s to next season!

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toucan

The K has to make those FGs!!! The offense was less than adequate but Gay HAS to make those short kicks. The game should have never gone to OT.There will be other kickers trying out next year.

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thewbacca

Jameis’ rookie deal begins with a pick 6 and ends with one. So hard to not both love and hate this guy. Dammit.

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artpac

we are what we are…i am sure all the jameis haters will comment but this was just a bad loss….glad we spent a 5th round pick on a kicker

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CaliBucsFan71

I don’t know anyone who loves Jameis. He has ruined this team with his sub par quarterback play.

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twspin

YEs, Winston contributed to this loss. But missing 3 field goals with 2 of them being almost chip shots…Unforgiveable. ATL made all of theirs….Now Didn’t they? And yes, Our..Interception King did not..Disappoint us. I’ll say it straight up…No chaser. 7-9 says you suck. Did we improve this yr? Sure. But we still sucked to holy hell and beyond. I’m outta here with my last shot of Tequilla to a losing season. There is always..next year. GO BUCS!

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BucRy

Going into the offseason with more questions than answers.

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cgmaster27

Can someone ask Bruce why in the world he feels the need to put barber in the game AT ALL! It is so clear who the better back is and yet barber gets closing duties. Its not like rojo was tired. Horrible last pass by jameis. First interception looked like he was expecting watsom to cut in. Defense played lights out and shaq is a monster. We have to resign him and jpp. Jpp still got the juice. Perriman might be too expensive to leep unfortunately. Jameis will probably get the tag, which he really cant complain about at this… Read more »

awwdembucs

Cg as McKay said the ball ain’t heavy lol

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surferdudes

Trev, Atlanta didn’t spoil our last home game, Jameis did. Just like the first game of the season at home, Jameis throws a pick six to lose in the last game of the season. In between, 28 other picks, and a total of 7 pick six’s on the season. Thank God at least Licht drafted another kicker to end our field goal woes, lol. The kicker for Atlanta who moonlights as a Makoto’s chef was perfect! Can’t make this shit up.

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twspin

Actually it was not Jameis. Perhaps you missed the 3 missed almost chip shot field goals. My bad..You were watching..another game. Excuse me. Jameis just..put the iceing on the cake after it was already done.

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toucan

You ignore the 3 missed MAKEABLE FGs by Gay? The game should have never gone to OT!!

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awwdembucs

4th and 3 twice 35 yard line. Fing go for it.

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geno711

Because 4th and 3 at the 35 is usually a FG and 3 points. 4th and Goal at the 2 yard line you go for it and Arians did. He made the right calls based upon the field position and situation. He made the right call going for the 2 Pt. conversion as well.

Not sure why you think otherwise unless you already knew that Gay was going to miss all three of those field goals.

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awwdembucs

genome how many F goals has this kid missed from 45 yards. My point is last game go out swinging.

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awwdembucs

Sorry auto spell geno

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CaliBucsFan71

Jameis is trash. The Bucs front office needs their heads examined if they re-sign him. Jason Licht and Bucs ownership cannot under any circumstances offer this dude a contract extension. If they do, they will be the laughing stock of the league.

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twspin

Jameis is staying. They can call..My shrink. I’ll send them his number!

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Again in meaningless season, Ryan Griffin gets no time on the field , He should have played today this Bucs organization needs an overhaul.
I understand they do not play him to keep from having a QB controversy but they have one anyway.
Playing Jameis today hurt Jameis put the icing on the cake of his play.

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gcolerick

Correct me if I am wrong but if the Bucs were to cut Jamis lose today it would mean he opened his Buccaneer career with a pick six and he closed his career with a pick six.

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Guygadwa1005

So pointing out Jaymiss is the 1st 30-30 TD/Int QB makes us a Hater?

Wow! Since when do fans think that we should aspire to be a mediocre team?
Shouldn’t we aspire to be a Playoff team, better yet a team that goes deep in the playoffs
and eventually the S. Bowl? You don’t get there in the Pass Happy era with a QB who is
consistently a mid-80s QB Rating.

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Bucco-Bruce

Yeah Jameis was Jameis today but someone needs to tell the kicker that we are trying to have a winning culture!!! Garbage kicker today!!

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SufferingSince76

Live by Jameis. Die by Jameis.

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awwdembucs

OMG I’m agreeing with B A Bob.

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fredster

Gay makes the kicks we win period. Jameis was Jameis. Missing most of our WR’s and still would kicked Falcons ass if make FG’s. This team is so close to being very good. I said while back wasn’t sold on Gay after he missed 3 extra points against Atlanta and I got bunch negatives. He’s a question mark at best and will need to bring in competition again at kicker. As far as this team needing an overhaul? Typical horse shit comments from dumb-ass- 7-9 and early could been 10 or 11 wins if not for bad luck and officiating… Read more »

toucan

I agree with Fredster.

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Hdotb18

Just fitting to finish the season with a pick six from our QB.

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Buc-Up

On the bright side, Bucco Bruce finally won a Pass Interference challenge!

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Fredster if the Rams lose today this team will have been beaten by every team it played with a winning record, the wins against last-place teams did nothing but move Bucs back in the draft, they were out of playoffs at Holloween. Winston threw 30 INTS and 9 pick-sixes, He lost a lot of games this year. No team can win when QB throws league-leading Ints every year, Bucs shut out the whole second half when they needed score, Ryan had to score they scored. Then there was Jameis time to win game and blink pick 6. Would be nice… Read more »

surferdudes

Regardless of what the kicker did, with the ball in OT, at home, is it to much to ask of your franchise QB to win the game, at least not lose it? What am I missing here? Obviously throwing for all those yards, and TD’s, 30 interceptions, 7 of them going for TD’s is not going to add up to winning football. Don’t believe me, just look at our record. Another losing season. Turnovers determine more games then any passing yard stats. It’s simple, we’ll never win with Jameis turning the ball over at record rates, and Jameis will always… Read more »

Allanh1

Could we atleast run the ball 2 or 3 times in a row before we throw the pick 6? Make it interesting for us, and maybe not use the same play pattern that causes JW to throw them as well.

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76Buc

The loser is gone! Farewell, dasvidaniya, auf wiedersehen, adios, aloha,and au revoir. This defense is rising rapidly and there is skill everywhere on offense except OT and QB. We need an experienced game manager, not bad Favre on steroids. I’ve supported this kid forever; no more. He’s a loser. The 76 Steelers couldn’t win with him as QB!

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76Buc

He starts most games with a pick-six, now he ends the season with a pick-six.

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Bucsfan1983

As much as some want to blame this loss on Winston. The loss is solely on Matt Gay. He left 9 points on the board with his 3 missed FGs. This game shouldn’t have went to overtime.

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twspin

Very true Bucfan1983. But every team has a whipping Post. And Jameis is ours. ATl hit what? 4 field goals? And we missed 3. 2 chipshots which would have changed the course of the game. Jameis contributed. But this was not on him. He will get blamed though. Kinda like crime..accessory to the fact..and a Big one.

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76Buc

Trade Gay to Oakland.

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pinkstob

Another losing season under Licht and Winston. Nothing else matters.

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BBBBucx

Bucs were not outplayed today. That Defense was more than gallant. In that heat, guys getting dinged up, vs a Super Bowl QB and the best or 2nd best WR in the game, they balled out. Kicker let the whole team down. You got one job – Do it! Coaching has Question Marks! Sitting in the North End Zone can see the entire passing game….how doesn’t our OC get not even one target to OJ Howard? He had favorable matchups and nothing. Not one target! All while missing your #1, #2 WRs. In a salary cap league you cant waste… Read more »

EastEndBoy

I wasn’t even a tiny bit surprised by the OT pick on the first play…not even a tiny bit.

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scubog

I thought it was likely only because it’s just our luck. So typical. Sad.

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76bucsfan46

Has this franchise and this fan base finally seen enough of Winston. Let’s face it he has not progressed as a QB after 5 seasons. The experiment must come to an end. We are a QB and a few O-linemen away from being a playoff contender. Please Jason and the Glazers we must draft a QB in the 1st rd and OL in rds 2 and 3. Find a veteran QB in free agency to start until the young guy is ready.

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