INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Williams 19-40, Freeman 3-(-2).FALCONS: Snelling 25-147, Norwood 9-27, Mughelli 2-6, Ryan 1-3.PASSINGBUCS: Freeman 32-16-174-2-1.FALCONS: Ryan 35-23-223-2-2.RECEIVINGBUCS: Winslow 5-56, Williams 4-35, Bryant 2-15, Stovall 1-27, Clayton 1-16, Stevens 1-14, Gilmore 1-9, Pressley 1-2.FALCONS: White 6-66, Jenkins 4-45, Norwood 4-23, Peelle 3-38, Gonzalez 3-30, Snelling 3-21.INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: Jackson 1-19 , Piscitelli 1-3.FALCONS: Owens 1-13, Grimes 1-0.KICK RETURNSBUCS: Spurlock 3-47.FALCONS: Weems 3-64.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Spurlock 1-10.FALCONS: Weems 1-0.SACKSBUCS: Hayes 1-9.FALCONS: Davis 1-6.
Unfortunately the magic of the two previous weeks’ road victories eluded the Bucs back in their home confines and a disapppinting home loss to Atlanta brought an end to the 3-13 season under first-year head coach Raheem Morris. The Bucs were tied at 10-10 midway through the 4th quarter but Matt Ryan’s second touchdown pass of the game put the Falcons ahead and this time, rookie QB Josh Freeman had no magic left in his tank to bring his young team back from the brink once more. "To see how this team stuck together for what we've been through, it's enough for me, “ said Ronde Barber. “We knew he (Raheem Morris) went through some growing pains as a head coach, but we stuck together."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Atlanta Falcons 20Sunday 3 January 2010 at Raymond James Stadium
SCORINGTB13:27-1QBarth FG48ATL4:09-2QBryant FG36ATL0:00-2QPeelle 2 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick)TB11:34-4QBryant 8 pass from Freeman (Barth kick)ATL7:18-4QWhite 12 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick)ATL1:00-4QBryant FG36
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to watch the clipTanard Jackson opens the game by forcing a fumble on the Falcons’ kick returnRonde Barber gets himself another interception as Matt Ryan tries to go deepAntonio Bryant scores the final Buccaneer touchdown of the 2009 season