ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South matchup on Sunday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Buccaneers received the opening kickoff and marched down the field with a 75-yard drive capped off by a Leonard Fournette touchdown. The Falcons offense showed life with a dynamic attack. Atlanta immediately countered with a touchdown drive of their own with a Mark Davis score.
Tampa Bay would respond with a scoring drive of their own as Tom Brady found Cameron Brate in the endzone to bring the score to 13-7 at the end of the first quarter as the extra point try failed.
The second quarter was more of the same with both teams trading punches. The Falcons would put together a 7 minute drive in response, capped by a short Younghoe Koo field goal. Brady found longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown. The Buccaneers then forced a punt, but Brady was picked off by Marlon Davidson at the goal line for an easy Falcons score.
The score at the halftime break was 20-17 in favor of Tampa Bay.
In the second half, the Buccaneers defense stepped up and the Falcons offense was stopped. Brady found Gronkowski for his second touchdown of the day and later the Buccaneers added a Ryan Succop field goal to bring the game to its final score of 30-17.
The Falcons head to Carolina to face the Panthers, who fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady yesterday.