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.