They nearly did it again. A week after blowing a 24-point lead to the Washington Redskins, the Buccaneers at one point led 20-3 in Atlanta yet found themselves in overtime after Matt Ryan tied the scores with 17 seconds left on a touchdown pass to Julio Jones. Fortunately a long drive to open overtime led to a Connor Barth fieldgoal and the Falcons were unable to convert on a 4th down play to end the game. The controversial decision to go for a 4th and 1 from the Tampa 40 at the two minute warning left the Falcons with a short field after the play was stopped. Jameis Winston had another excellent game, running for one score and passing for another in spite of being depleted once more at the receiver position through injuries.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 Atlanta Falcons 20Sunday 1 November 2015 at the Georgia Dome
SCORINGATL7:54-1QBryant FG21TB2:03-1QBarth FG38TB3:32-2QBarth FG23TB0:30-2QBrate 20 pass from Winston (Barth kick)TB6:06-3QWinston 4 run (Brate kick)ATL0:15-3QTamme 7 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick)ATL4:56-4QBryant FG24ATL0:17-4QJones 8 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick)TB7:52-OTBarth FG31
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Martin 23-71, Winston 3-24, Sims 6-22.FALCONS: Freeman 21-88, Coleman 3-11, Ryan 3-2.PASSINGBUCS: Winston 29-16-177-0-1.FALCONS: Ryan 45-37-397-1-2.RECEIVINGBUCS: Evans 3-48, Myers 3-32, Sims 3-24, Humphries 3-14, Brate 2-48, Martin 1-7, Dye 1-4.FALCONS: Jones 12-162, Tamme 10-103, Freeman 6-43, White 2-24, Hardy 2-21, Weems 1-11, Coleman 1-10, DiMarco 1-8, Ward 1-8, Toiolo 1-7.INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: Alexander 1-15.FALCONS: none.KICK RETURNSBUCS: none.FALCONS: Weems 2-58.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: none.FALCONS: Weems 2-23. SACKSBUCS: Jones 1-2.FALCONS: Schofield 1-4, Allen 1-0.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the clipsKwon Alexander with an amazing strip and fumble return in the first quarterCameron Brate scores on a 20-yard pass from Jameis WinstonThe final play of the game - the pass falls incomplete and the Bucs win