Falcons 28, Bucs 24

With the Giants and Saints both winning today, the Bucs needed to stay with them. Instead, they lost ground, both figuratively and literally. On one of the last plays of the game, it appeared Mike Williams was slipping and unable to come back to an under-thrown pass that appeared to hit the ground as Brent Grimes intercepted it. Of course, no angle was able to capture that and no ref was able to see it but yet another crucial call goes Atlanta’s way and they get all the credit for winning a game they got pretty outplayed in.

THE GOOD

LeGarrette Blount
20 carries, 103 yards, and a touchdown. This guy should be fed the ball when they have a lead. Too many carries go to Cadillac/

The Defense
They hung in there and were close on some big plays, and got there on others. Due to the turf (and going up against the best O-line in football), I didn’t expect a lot of pressure but they got some.  They were out of position at times, which may have been because of the turf but held Michael Turner to under four yards a carry.

THE BAD

The Turf
This was nearly unplayable. It can be a blast and even an asset for older guys to play a pick-up game in the mud. It is really ugly at times to watch a pro game played in it.

Special Teams
The back-breaking play was not Freeman’s interception but rather the 102 yard Eric Weems return TD. You can’t have a special teams collapse like that late in a game. The last three Atlanta drives finished with INT, punt, and INT.

LOOKING AHEAD: The 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers have run out of time. I know New Orleans has a tough schedule and I don’t expect Chicago to win any more games, but if New Orleans wins their non Tampa Bay games, Tampa’s playoff hopes likely become out of their hands.

Tampa goes into Washington to face a rebuilding opponent. They should win this game but if New Orleans beats visiting St. Louis and if New York goes in and knocks off Minnesota, those teams’ respective magic numbers go down. And this is all assuming Chicago or Green Bay loses out.

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One Response to “Falcons 28, Bucs 24”

  1. T. HILLS says:

    THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT BRENT GRIMES DID NOT HAVE TOTAL POSSESSION OF THE BALL DURING WHAT WAS CALLED BY THE OFFICIALS AN INTERCEPTION.
    GRANTED HIS PREVIOUS ATTEMPT WAS REVERSED, BUT SEEING THE BALL FIRST COME LOOSE, THEN HITING THE GROUND AND THEN ROLLING IN BETWEEN HIS ARM AND LEG, LEFT NO QUESTION THAT THIS TWO WAS NOT AN INTERCEPTION.
    THIS GAME WAS WINABLE. THE BUCS HAD A SUCCESSFUL DRIVE GOING AND THE OFFICIALS GAVE THE GAME TO ATLANTA.

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