Halftime Report: Buccaneers vs. Falcons

Halftime Report: Buccaneers vs. Falcons

Javier Howell
November 27, 2017

The first touchdown of the game would come not from Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan, but instead at the hands of Falcons' receiver Mohamed Sanu.

It worked out as he connected with Julio Jones on a 51-yard touchdown.

Coleman, filling in for again for injured Devonta Freeman, rushed for 97 yards and two TDs. Atlanta's Matt Bryant would connect on a 36-yard field goal to put the Falcons up 20-6 at halftime.

After corner back Desmond Trufant left the game with a head injury in the second quarter, the Bucs offense began to roll even without starting quarterback Jameis Winston who is nursing a shoulder injury.

Down 27-6 in the third quarter, the Bucs got two touchdowns and almost a third — down seven points, they went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 18 but threw incomplete with seven minutes left in the fourth.

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The Falcons extended that lead to 27-6 on the opening drive of the second half, but the Bucs clawed back, getting two touchdowns from backup running back Peyton Barber to get within 27-20 early in the fourth quarter.

Ryan completed 26 passes on 35 attempts for 317 yards.

The Bucs drove to the Falcons 19 after a 37-yard return by Brett Grimes following a fumble by Terron Ward killed a long drive, but safety Keanu Neal knocked away a fourth-and-1 pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick with seven minutes remaining. Against the Falcons, they scored 18 points in the second half.

This season both teams are now riding two-game win streaks, but are on the opposite end of the playoff contention.

The Buccaneers defense is going to have nightmares about Jones until they face the Falcons again on December 18.