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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick & Prediction DEC 20TH 2020

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons Recap DEC 20TH 2020

Jameis Winston shrugged off two first quarter interceptions to throw for 313 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dumped the Atlanta Falcons 35-22 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Chris Godwin enjoyed a monster game for Tampa Bay (4-7), catching seven passes for 184 yards and two scores. The Buccaneers' much-maligned defense, last in the league against the pass, applied the clinching blow when Ndamukong Suh recovered a fumble and rumbled 6 yards for a touchdown with 3:06 left in the game.

Matt Ryan went 23 of 46 for 271 yards with an interception for the Falcons (3-8), who fell into last place in the NFC South. They were coming off consecutive road routs of division rivals New Orleans and Carolina, but weren't able to bring that form back home.

Atlanta took a 3-0 lead only 2:13 into the game as Younghoe Koo converted a 25-yard field goal, but Tampa Bay answered about six minutes later when Winston and Godwin hooked up on a 71-yard touchdown pass.

The Falcons cashed in a 19-yard touchdown drive after Winston tossed his second interception of the first quarter. Qadree Ollison scored on a 1-yard plunge with 46 seconds left in the period for a 10-7 Atlanta edge.

The Buccaneers took the lead for good when Winston and Godwin connected on a 1-yard touchdown strike with 7:55 left in the second quarter. On its next possession, Tampa Bay ripped off a 95-yard drive, capped by Winston's 1-yard scoring flip to nose tackle Vita Vea -- who aligned as a fullback -- with 40 seconds remaining in the half for a 19-10 lead at intermission.

Ronald Jones' 4-yard run with 10:58 left in the third quarter polished off the Buccaneers' third straight scoring drive -- excluding a kneeldown to end the first half -- for a 25-10 advantage. Koo answered with a 25-yard field goal with 1:40 remaining in the period.

Matt Gay, who missed two PATs and had another blocked, hit a 32-yard field goal at the 12:48 mark of the fourth quarter for the Bucs. Koo's 38-yard field goal with 8:12 left made it 28-16 Tampa Bay.

Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Matt Schaub with 1:50 left in the game for the final margin.

--Field Level Media

Tom Brady threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 6:19 remaining and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 31-27 on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.

Brady completed 31 of 45 passes for a season-high 390 yards and tossed two touchdowns, with most of the production coming in the second half. The winning points came on Brown's first touchdown since joining the team last month.

Matt Ryan threw for three touchdowns, but the Falcons failed to put a dent in the Buccaneers' bid for a playoff spot. Instead, it was another lead that Atlanta (4-10) didn't protect.

Ryan finished 34 of 49 for 356 yards in the first of two meetings scheduled across the final three weeks of the regular season. Atlanta ended its home slate with a 2-6 record.

The Buccaneers (9-5), who improved to 5-2 on the road, scored on their first five second-half possessions before punting, giving Atlanta the ball at the Falcons' 12-yard line with 2:40 remaining. Four plays later, the Falcons were stopped on downs after picking up only 7 yards.

Tampa Bay wiped out a 17-0 halftime deficit in less than 19 minutes, tying the game at 24 on Ryan Succop's 27-yard field goal with 11:15 remaining.

Younghoe Koo's 52-yarder put the Falcons back on top. Barely more than two minutes later, the Buccaneers held their first lead as Brown broke free from the Atlanta secondary.

The Buccaneers rallied within 24-21 on the strength of Leonard Fournette's two 1-yard touchdown runs and Chris Godwin's 4-yard touchdown reception from Brady in the third quarter. Amid those touchdowns, the Falcons struck on Ryan's 7-yard pass to Hayden Hurst.

The Falcons scored on the game's first possession on Ryan's 5-yard pass to Russell Gage. Atlanta doubled its lead on Ryan's 12-yard pass play to Calvin Ridley in the second quarter, completing a 10-play drive that covered 65 yards.

Koo's 32-yard field goal with 15 seconds to play in the opening half capped a 13-play, 75-yard possession.

In the first half, Brady was 10-for-16 passing for 70 yards and sacked twice. The Buccaneers had 60 yards of total offense by the break compared to Atlanta's 261.

--Field Level Media

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Atlanta Falcons

Player Position Lineup
Shaquil Barrett primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Sean Murphy-Bunting primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Cappa primary: Right Guard Starter
Lavonte David primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Carlton Davis primary: Cornerback Starter
Mike Evans primary: Wide Receiver Starter
William Gholston primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Chris Godwin primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Jensen primary: Center Starter
Ali Marpet primary: Left Guard Starter
Rakeem Nunez-Roches primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Jason Pierre-Paul primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Devin White primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Whitehead primary: Safety Starter
Tom Brady primary: Quarterback Starter
Ndamukong Suh primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Rob Gronkowski primary: Tight End Starter
Tristan Wirfs primary: Right Tackle Starter
Antoine Winfield Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Josh Wells primary: Left Tackle Starter
Leonard Fournette primary: Runningback Starter
Antonio Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Cameron Brate primary: Tight End Substitution
Jamel Dean primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Edwards primary: Safety Substitution
Tanner Hudson primary: Tight End Substitution
Jeremiah Ledbetter primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Scotty Miller primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Anthony Nelson primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Patrick O'Connor primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Bradley Pinion primary: Punter Substitution
Ryan Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Aaron Stinnie primary: Guard Substitution
Zach Triner primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kevin Minter primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Joe Haeg primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Andrew Adams primary: Safety Substitution
Ke'Shawn Vaughn primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Chapelle Russell primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Cam Gill primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
LeSean McCoy primary: Runningback Substitution
Ryan Succop primary: Kicker Substitution
Kenjon Barner primary: Runningback Substitution
Ross Cockrell primary: Cornerback Substitution
Steve McLendon primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Antony Auclair primary: Tight End Not active
Ryan Griffin primary: Quarterback Not active
Justin Watson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Blaine Gabbert primary: Quarterback Did not play
Khalil Davis primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Greg Joseph primary: Kicker Not active
Ted Larsen primary: Center Did not play
Player Position Lineup
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Gono primary: Right Tackle Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Starter
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Starter
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Starter
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Kendall Sheffield primary: Safety Starter
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Starter
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Starter
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Defensive End Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Runningback Starter
A.J. Terrell primary: Cornerback Starter
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Starter
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Substitution
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Cominsky primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Kaleb McGary primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Justin McCray primary: Guard Substitution
Edmond Robinson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Matt Hennessy primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Safety Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Delrick Abrams primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tyler Hall primary: Cornerback Substitution
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Laquon Treadwell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Not active
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
John Wetzel primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Did not play
Marlon Davidson primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Darqueze Dennard primary: Defensive Back Not active

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Atlanta Falcons

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 5 Yards
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Pass Receiver: Russell Gage
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 32 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 12 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Calvin Ridley
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
  • Period 3
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Leonard Fournette
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Pass Receiver: Chris Godwin
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Pass Receiver: Hayden Hurst
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Leonard Fournette
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Period 4
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 46 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Antonio Brown
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
    • Passer: Tom Brady
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 52 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 27 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @New Orleans W 30 - 20
  • @Washington W 31 - 23
  • Atlanta W 27 - 44
  • @Detroit W 47 - 7
  • @Atlanta W 31 - 27
  • Minnesota W 14 - 26
  • Kansas City L 27 - 24
  • L.A. Rams L 27 - 24
  • @Carolina W 46 - 23
  • New Orleans L 38 - 3
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22

Next Games

  • @Green Bay(12-03-17) L 20 - 26

Last Meetings

  • Falcons @ Buccaneers 27-44
  • Buccaneers @ Falcons 31-27
  • Falcons @ Buccaneers 28-22
  • Buccaneers @ Falcons 35-22
  • Falcons @ Buccaneers 34-32
  • Buccaneers @ Falcons 29-34
  • Falcons @ Buccaneers 24-21
  • Buccaneers @ Falcons 20-34
  • Falcons @ Buccaneers 43-28
  • Buccaneers @ Falcons 31-24

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Antoine Winfield Jr.

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Winfield Jr. is hobbled by an ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will dress for the NFC Championship game against the Packers.

  • Vita Vea

    Leg
    Prob Sun | probable

    Vita has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from a fractured leg. He is expected to return for the NFC Championship game against the Packers.

  • Jordan Whitehead

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Whitehead is hampered by a knee injury, but it is anticipated that he will be a participant in the NFC Championship game against the Packers.

  • Jeremiah Ledbetter

    Calf
    Prob Sun | probable

    Ledbetter is dealing with a calf injury, but it is anticipated that he will suit up in the NFC Championship game against the Packers.

  • Chris Godwin

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Godwin is nursing a quad injury, and it is up in the air if he will take part in the NFC Championship game against the Packers.

  • Ronald Jones II

    Quadricep
    Prob Sun | probable

    Jones II is tending to a quad injury, but he is expected to be active against the Packers in the NFC Championship game.

  • Sean Murphy-Bunting

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Murphy-Bunting has injuries to his ankle and quad, but it is projected that he will partake in the NFC Championship game versus the Packers.

  • Kenjon Barner

    Groin
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Barner has been posted to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list, and he has three weeks to be activated.