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Halftime Report: Buccaneers vs. Falcons

A look at the first half of the Buccaneers' Week 1 matchup with the Falcons.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 1 matchup with the Falcons.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Buccaneers head into halftime leading the Falcons, 17-13.

The Buccaneers converted on a 43-yard field goal on their opening drive to take an early 3-0 lead, but the Falcons quickly answered with a field goal of their own to tie the game. Atlanta then took the lead when Matt Ryan connected with Mohamed Sanu on a five-yard pass at the end of the first quarter.

Tampa Bay tied the game at 10 when Jameis Winston tossed a four-yard touchdown to Brandon Myers in the second, capping off a nearly-perfect drive for Winston. He completed all six of his pass attempts for 59 yards as he led the Bucs on their first scoring drive of the season. Atlanta re-took the lead when Bryant added another field goal in the second, but a Charles Sims touchdown reception put the Buccaneers on top at the break.

Winston has completed 17 of 24 passes for 151 yards, along with two touchdowns and an interception. Doug Martin is both the Bucs' leading rusher and receiver after carrying the ball seven times for 20 yards and catching five passes for an additional 34 yards. Adam Humphries also has 34 receiving yards after catching three passes.

On the defensive side of the ball, Kwon Alexander leads the team in tackles with eight, seven of which were solo. The Buccaneers have one sack, which was recorded by Robert Ayers. It was Ayers' first sack in a Buccaneer uniform. First-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves has been on the field for the majority of the game, playing as the team's nickel back.

The Bucs are set to receive at the start of the second half. 

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