Buccaneers come back from 17 down, beat Falcons 31-27

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons
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The Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn after blowing some big leads early this season, but that problem reared its head again on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Atlanta led 17-0 at halftime and 24-7 in the third quarter, but the Buccaneers found their offensive footing over the final minutes of the game. They scored on five straight possessions and took the lead for good on Antonio Brown‘s 46-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

The score was Brown’s first as a Buccaneer and the 31-27 win pushes the team to the doorstep of the playoffs. They will have to wait at least one more week to make a trip official, but the comeback makes it a very good bet that Tom Brady‘s first season with the team will go further than his former team will go this year.

The win could also keep the NFC South in play. The Saints will clinch with a win over the Chiefs, but a loss will keep some hope alive in Tampa.

Brady was 31-of-45 for 390 yards and a pair of touchdowns after throwing for just 70 yards during the first half of the game. Brown had five catches for 93 yards, Mike Evans had six for 110 yards, and eight receivers had at least three catches for the Buccaneers over the course of the afternoon.

The win moves the Bucs to 9-5 on the season and they’ll be in Detroit to try for their 10th win of the year next weekend. They’ll need to be sharper in pass defense after giving up 356 yards to Ryan and they’ll be hoping the second half explosion by the offense is a sign of how things will go for the rest of the year.

38 responses to “Buccaneers come back from 17 down, beat Falcons 31-27

  1. Culture of excellence. They are finally clicking late in the season. Be very afraid of Tompa Bay, NFL.

  2. Not that I think it makes much of a difference but those are either some blind ass refs or cheaters. After they move the ball forward a yard for no reason at the end of the play and call it first down when there is a clear gap between the sticks.

  3. Man , If they don’t fix their “Slow start” issue I can see a early playoff exit, coming real soon

  4. We are out of the playoffs, but in regards to Atlanta

    WE HAVE NOTHING…..

    All of New England 😉

  5. The Falcons seem to love the concept of choking big leads. As great as Brady was in the second half, the Falcons defense straight up collapsed. I feel bad for Matt Ryan putting up great numbers week after week and his teams always fails him.

  6. The most thumbed-up after the Bucs lost wk 1 was: “BB: 1 TB: 0”. A comment section filled with smug fans. “Belichick made him – mAtT cAsSeL – squishy footballs – system – the bucs won’t make the playoffs”

    CRICKETS NOW. PROVEN WRONG YET AGAIN

  7. A mystery first down at the end to say the least. Clearly short so we move and tilt the stick? Shady

  8. Yes, those officials were certainly on Brady’s side. I couldn’t believe how blatant it was.

  9. If Rodgers was on the bucs he would’ve thrown 4 TDs because when he gets to the 1yd line he’s throwing it 3 times, instead of just handing it to the RB

  10. “Theclarks”, you beat me to it. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more blatant BS call EVER. Even with their bad spot, it still was a couple inches short. Then when you look at the replay, the ball wasn’t anywhere close to the first down. I’ve had my suspicions that the NFL was a kind of puppet master manipulating things (i.e. a “whisper” in a head refs ear saying “do your best”), now I truly know it’s true. This wasn’t a huge situation, but the NFL doesn’t like to take chances. “Whisper” we want TB in the playoffs because Tom Brady is good for business. Whisper, whisper, no email or paper trail, mafia type stuff. It is REAL. The answer to 99 out of 100 questions? MONEY.

  11. Atlanta wouldn’t have won but that 1st down ruling was so bad. I didn’t look up the spread but Tampa might kick a FG there. Atlanta will probably get an apology and that crew won’t work playoff games.

  12. Tampa should coach better. They’re patchy. They have all the talents but just ekes out a win even with weak teams.

  13. Yes, those officials were certainly on Brady’s side. I couldn’t believe how blatant it was.
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    You have said this for all of Brady’s 227 wins.

  14. Bucs were aided by the men in stripes last week too. The NFL will do what it has to, to get Brady in the playoffs.

  15. ^^You are incorrect.
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    Next to Pick6 you are the biggest Brady crybaby. I am not wrong at all.

  16. Brady throws for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns in the second half. Oh no haters the old man still has it, and a big OH NO to Drew Brees and you Saints fans cuz Tom just added to his touchdown lead…Wahahahaha Brady is the G.O.A.T…. End of Story

  17. Yes, you are. It’s OK though. Although you’ve abandoned NE like the rest of your ilk, you can still be satisfied that you’re now a Buc fan.

  18. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    December 20, 2020 at 5:38 pm
    Yes, you are. It’s OK though. Although you’ve abandoned NE like the rest of your ilk, you can still be satisfied that you’re now a Buc fan.—

    OR you can be a Patriots fan (even if they are not having a good season) and still want to see Brady do well.

    List like colts fans did when Manning went to Denver.

    When you’re a big boy you will understand how you can do both.

  19. Yes, you are. It’s OK though. Although you’ve abandoned NE like the rest of your ilk, you can still be satisfied that you’re now a Buc fan.
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    The got to for the jealous Brady clan. I watched the Pats today. I did not abandon them. I am a fan of Brady and now the Bucs. I will admit that. You follow Brady around just as much as me but you cry about his accomplishments which is just sad. You post more about Brady than you do about the Ravens.

  20. The runner’s knee was down and the ball was in the air for 1st down yardage. Then he pulled the ball back when he brought it down to the ground, making it look like the spot was further back. Didn’t see anyone talking about that.

    Also, for conspiracy theorists … you think the league fixed the game by not giving the Falcons the ball back on their own 10 yard line with 8 seconds left after the Bucs would have run their 4th down play? Don’t think it would work like that.

  21. You’re a Dallas fan who bailed on them to jump on the NE bandwagon. Wonder which bandwagon you’ll be jumping on once Brady retires. My guess is whichever team was the last to win the Super Bowl.

  22. Will the NFL keep pumping Lamar and his “return to MVP form” against a joke of a team, or recognize a truly great performance at the QB position today? Brady did Brady. Fun to watch. It’s too bad the Bucs’ D is a train wreck. Watching these Tampa games makes me wonder every week why Brady went to TB instead of Tennessee. If you put Brady on the Titans they would be a legitimate Super Bowl threat.
    I think KC is weak defensively. If Mahomes doesn’t put up 30 they can be beaten.

  23. You’re a Dallas fan who bailed on them to jump on the NE bandwagon. Wonder which bandwagon you’ll be jumping on once Brady retires. My guess is whichever team was the last to win the Super Bowl.
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    I am? That’s funny. I have been a Pats fan since Grogan was the QB. Another lame try by you. It makes me smile when you post about Brady and the Pats. Just knowing how they impact your daily life is beautiful.

  24. As usual, Atlanta chokes it away. I’ve seen 50 Super Bowls, Alanta has been the absolute biggest chokers I’ve ever seen.

  25. Dude, you aren’t old enough to have seen Grogan play.

    Did you know the NFL existed before 2001? Here’s an interesting fact…..they used to be known as the Boston Patriots. This is your daily lesson. We’ll work on the AFL after that. That stands for American Football League. You’re gonna love the story.

  26. thermo321 says:
    December 20, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    Belichik would be 14-0 with the Bucs talent
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    With Jason Licht as GM and Brady as his QB? Yeah he probably could.

  27. The shatner guy is a Steelers fan I think…you can always sense the depth of a particular fan base trauma when it comes to Brady and the Pats based on how long and how profoundly they were upended by the GOAT—their dedication to baseless trolling is amazing. It’s not a curable thing I guess.

  28. Dude, you aren’t old enough to have seen Grogan play.
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    Born in 1973. Will be 48 in January. You have nothing but Brady envy.

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