After a close loss to the Texans last week, ending the Bucs’ four-game win streak, Tampa Bay looked to get back into the win column in the final game of the year to finish the season with a .500 record or better for the first time since their 9-7 2016 campaign.

Despite a number of solid individual performances from Tampa Bay, the Bucs ultimately fell to the Falcons by a final score of 28-22.

Here are the Bucs’ most impressive performances from their Week 17 matchup.

OLB Shaq Barrett
On a record-breaking day, Barrett not only took down Warren Sapp’s single-season sack record, but his three sacks on the day also allowed him to re-gain the league lead with 19.5 sacks on the year – for the time being, at least.

Barrett finished the contest with six total tackles, three sacks and five quarterback hits, with two of his sacks coming on Atlanta’s game-tying drive before the end of regulation.

WR Breshad Perriman
It seems so recent that fans were once clamoring for Perriman to be cut in favor of a fourth round compensatory pick, but Sunday was just another addition to a string of great performances from the former first-round draft pick that instead has proved his value to be much greater than that.

Perriman ended his season with a five-catch, 134-yard performance against Atlanta while adding a touchdown, his sixth score of the season.

LB Devin White
White ended the day with five total tackles, good for fifth-most among Tampa Bay defenders, but also had one of the most electric plays of the game.

Trailing 13-7 with just over three minutes remaining in the first half, Jason Pierre-Paul got to Matt Ryan and knocked the ball loose for a strip-sack. White recovered the fumble and flew 91 yards down the field for the scoop-and-score.

RB Ronald Jones
Jones became the first 100-yard rusher of the season for Tampa Bay on Sunday, taking his longest carry of the day for a 33-yard gain.

Jones finished the day with 11 carries for 106 yards, an average of 9.6 yards per carry and hauled in just one lone reception for a loss of one.

OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
Pierre-Paul, in what could have been his final game in Raymond James as a Buccaneer, made his presence known on Sunday.

Pierre-Paul finished the contest with four total tackles, two of them coming as sacks while one of them resulted in a fumble that linebacker Devin White would, as previously stated, pick up and take to the house. The forced fumble came with the Falcons inside the Tampa Bay 10-yard line and the ensuing score would give the Bucs a one-point lead at the time.

8 COMMENTS

  1. The Winston experiment has to be over…..right? What a way to finish the roller coaster ride. I think it’s time to move on. He still stares down receivers with zero improvement in his decision making. Game Over in my opinion.

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  2. Winston stays if Arians has anything to do with it. Who you gonna get..a rookie? We probably are not high enough on the draft ladder to get one of the top 3 or 4 QB picks this yr. Improve the Defense which was..Our calling card for winning our 1st superbowl. We gonna need an even better defense if Jameis stays. We gonna need a GREAT DEFENSE.

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  3. Another year wraps up and there were so many good things to go along with so many “buc things”. This team is always so “what if”. Seriously, Gay misses three field goals? And it’s a shame because if makes any of those then Jameis doesn’t go down as the reason they lost the game. I agree that we need a better option but I just don’t see any out there that can do what he does as well. He only deserves a franchise tag at most. I really hope we can keep Jpp, Barrett, and Sue. I’d be ok with cutting Brate, and Nassib to save a few bucks. Unfortunately we won’t be able to keep Perriman. He made himself a lot of money these last few weeks. Very big decisions to make with this franchise going forward. We shall see. On a side note, Arians needs to get off of this splitting carries bullshit. Rojo is lighting up the falcons and on the final two drives you our Barber in? Makes no damn sense. Dude is having a career day and you only give him 11 carries? Mind numbing.

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  4. The most important stats of the day
    Falcons kicker
    Younghoe Koo: 5-5 for 15 points.
    While our Kicker
    Matt Gay: 0-3 for a potential 9 but ends with zero.
    We should have never been in overtime period.

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    • Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a QB that didn’t throw a pick six on the first play in overtime though?

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      • While that is true, it would be nice if a receiver ran the wrong route to cause an interception but it ended up causing a Td for us. It would be nice if our kicker makes just one just one field goal to change the outcome of the game, it would be nice if we didn’t leave receivers wide open on the last drive to hit a game tying field goal. Yes you are right but not everyone played a perfect game, if that was done every game we would be at least 13-3 because we beat ourselves more than we get beat.

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      • Without his fantastic 47 second TD drive to close out the first half, there is no OT because we would have already lost.

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  5. Most important D player for 2020, BRING BACK JPP!!! He is cornerstone, along with Lavonte! Obviously Barrett stays, but I will guarantee he wants JPP for whole year! He misses few games, plays hard, mentors, motivates, is a leader, still plays at all-pro level, really no brainer, never understood why we cut his last contract year, our GM missed on that call!!!Drop Suh, and get Nassib, JPP and Barrett. Agree with twspin, KEEP GETTING DEFENSE players! i would draft best D player in 1st round and then get OL in 2nd, then back to D!!! Try and trade for #1 CB, like Patrick Peterson, maybe a trade Howard to AZ, Howard may blossom with Kyler Murray, although his value dropped like a bomb bc we didnt use him. Hey look at the bright side of life, maybe we rose a few spots in draft? Not terrible year, signs of hope, maybe Winston should go to Johns Hopkins and do one of those Psilocybin experiments to stop turnovers? IDK, just saying?! Not a fan, and wouldnt pay him near 25million or we will regress next year. Transition tag him, and pay 22million for 1 year, and then draft QB in 3rd or 4th, like kid from TX, Sam Ehlinger, 6-3, 235, 4.79-40yd dash, completed 65% for 3,114 with 29 TDs and 9INTs. Go BUCS!!!

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