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Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers vs. Falcons

Explosive plays and Falcons’ receiver Julio Jones proved too much for the Buccaneers on Sunday

Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 12 matchup with the Falcons.

Despite scoring first, Tampa Bay would only get six points on the board in the first half on two Patrick Murray field goals.

For Atlanta, wide receiver Julio Jones would account for most of the Falcons' first half points, scoring two touchdowns. His first of the day came from Falcons' receiver Mohamed Sanu on a trick play that had Sanu firing downfield for the 51-yard score.

Atlanta would push ahead by two touchdowns, leaving the score 20-6 at halftime.

Running back Doug Martin would not return in the second half with a concussion.

Having won the toss at the start of the game, the Falcons elected to defer and started the second half with the ball. Their first possession resulted in another touchdown on a nine play, 78-yard drive that took less than five minutes off the clock. It would be running back Tevin Coleman with the 3-yard run for the score, increasing the Falcons' lead to 27-6.

The Buccaneers answered with a touchdown of their own, their first of the game. Despite multiple injuries and shuffling to the offensive line, Tampa Bay drove down the field to set up running back Peyton Barber for a 2-yard touchdown run. The Bucs went 75 yards on 10 plays to cut the Falcons' lead 27-13.

The Bucs' defense was able to hold Atlanta on their next drive, forcing the Falcons to punt from midfield.

Tampa Bay would score their second consecutive touchdown on yet another Peyton Barber run at the start of the fourth quarter. This time, Barber would punch it in from just a yard out to put the Buccaneers within one score of the Falcons, 27-20.

The Falcons were threatening after a 44-yard catch by Julio Jones that put Atlanta inside the red zone, when Bucs' cornerback Brent Grimes scooped up a fumble forced out by linebacker Kendell Beckwith at the 13-yard line and ran it back to the Tampa Bay 42-yard line.

With an opportunity to tie the game, the Bucs wouldn't be able to capitalize on the takeaway, turning the ball over on downs inside the red zone on a fourth-and-1 play.

Atlanta drove back down the field and scored on another Tevin Coleman run. Coleman bounced to the outside for a 14-yard score, putting the Falcons out of reach at 34-20 with 1:53 left in the game.

The Bucs had no timeouts left when they got the ball back and came up empty on their final drive, leaving the final score 34-20 from Atlanta.

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