In Atlanta, on Sunday, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it did not take Jameis Wintson very long to pick back up where he left off last season against the Falcons. Jameis Winston had a 3-2 record over the course of his career against the Falcons heading into the game.
Tampa Bay received the kickoff and Jameis Winston led the Buccaneers on an eight play, 75 yard drive. Peyton Barber had a 28-yard run, which is his longest carry this season. The drive was capped off by a 15-yard touchdown reception by Cameron Brate. The extra point was missed by Chandler Catanzaro, which loomed large as the game wore on.
Atlanta responded with a touchdown drive of their own, concluding with a 35-yard reception by Mohamed Sanu. Matt Ryan completed all eleven of his passes in the first quarter.
Atlanta began with a touchdown drive, which continued because of a Gerald McCoy penalty on third down that gave the Falcons’ offense a first down. On the ensuing play, Ito Smith scored a 14-yard touchdown along the left side to give the Falcons a 14-6 lead.
After a punt from Tampa Bay, Matt Ryan led another touchdown drive to give the Falcons a 21-6 lead. This time, a connection to Austin Hooper completed the drive and gave Matt Ryan his second touchdown pass of the game.
Tampa Bay scored a touchdown on a their final drive of the first half on a throw from Winston that was caught by O.J. Howard with less than 30 seconds remaining on the clock. That proved to be too much time, as the Falcons were able to reach field goal range to finish the first half with a 24-13 lead.
Matt Ryan totaled 240 yards and two touchdowns on 20 of 24 passing in the first half.
Jameis Winston totaled 126 yards and two touchdowns on 12 of 17 passing in the first half.
Two defensive stops gave way to excellent field position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The first two offensive drives to begin the second half resulted in trips to inside the Atlanta 20 yard line. However, Tampa Bay only came away with a field goal to show for it as Jameis Winston threw an interception on the first drive.
Matt Ryan only had 17 passing yards, while Jameis Winston threw for 95 yards in the third quarter.
After the Buccaneers came within two points of the Falcons, Atlanta took a 10-play, 75-yard drive into the end zone with a completion from Matt Ryan to Tevin Coleman. The touchdown gave Atlanta a 31-22 lead.
Tampa Bay’s offense responded with a touchdown drive of their own. Jameis Winston led the Buccaneers down the field in nine plays. He connected with Peyton Barber to bring the Buccaneers to within two points with more than 3:00 remaining.
The Buccaneers got the ball back with 1:06 left, after a Matt Bryant 58-yard field goal. They drove down into the Falcons’ red zone, but could not score on a last second lateral play that left the Buccaneers at the four yard line.
Jameis Winston finished with 395 yards and four touchdowns, with two interceptions.
Matt Ryan finished with 354 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Up next, the Buccaneers return home to face the Cleveland Browns next Sunday at 1:00.
The Falcons face the Giants next Monday night at Mercedes-Benz stadium.