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Halftime Report: Buccaneers vs. Falcons

The Bucs trail the Falcons 17-7 after one half

View photos of the Buccaneers' Week 15 game against the Falcons.

Atlanta started the game with the ball, but was forced into a quick three-and-out by the Bucs' defense. However, the Bucs would suffer the same fate on their first drive of the night as well.

The Falcons would be the ones to open scoring for the night, taking the ball 62 yards down the field on their ensuing drive. Quarterback Matt Ryan connected with receiver Justin Hardy for a 6-yard grab in the end zone, putting Atlanta up 7-0 with 6:54 left in the first quarter.

The Bucs would answer, this time with a touchdown of their own on a 30-yard pass to tight end O.J. Howard, marking the sixth touchdown catch of the season for the rookie.

Atlanta fired back with another seven on the next drive, putting the Falcons up 14-7 at the start of the second quarter on a messy play. The ball was forced out of running back Devonta Freeman's hands by Bucs' defensive end Will Gholston at the goal line, but Atlanta's Levine Toilolo ended up recovering in the end zone for the score.

With the help of a couple clutch catches by tight ends Alan Cross and Antony Auclair, the Bucs drove down to the Falcons' nine-yard line, before running back Peyton Barber fumbled the ball inside the 10. Atlanta would manage a 57-yard field goal at the (leg) of kicker Matt Bryant to make the score 17-7 with under three minutes left in the half.

On the next series, the Bucs would be forced to punt after going three-and-out inside the two-minute warning. The Bucs defense forced a punt by Atlanta and got the ball back with 25 seconds left to play.

The drive would end on a Jameis Winston sack, leaving the score 17-7 in favor of the Falcons as time expired.

The Buccaneers will get the ball back to start the second half.

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