The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their first game of the year against the Atlanta Falcons, 34-20. The Bucs never really had a chance against a Falcons team that grabbed a two-score lead midway through the second quarter, and never let go.
The Bucs struggled to generate any kind of offense, scoring just six points until midway through the third quarter, when Peyton Barber found the endzone on a short run. He’d add another touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter to give the Bucs some hope, and had the Bucs picked up a fourth-and-one one drive later, they may have had a real chance. But Tevin Coleman ended that hope by giving the Falcons a 34-20 lead with two minutes reaminng.
The Bucs defense struggled once again, and Matt Ryan had a solid game with 317 yards and a touchdown on just 35 attempts, while Mohamed Sanu added a single 51-yard touchdown throw to Julio Jones. Add 97 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries for Tevin Coleman, and the Atlanta offense was simply too much for the Bucs to handle.
That means the Bucs now fall to 4-7 and are basically, and again, done for the season—even if they win every remaining game, they’re unlikely to make the playoffs with a 9-7 record. Meanwhile, the now 7-4 Falcons are on their way to securing a playoff spot.