Redman leads Falcons to comeback win
ATLANTA (AP) Chris Redman threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White with 23 seconds remaining, and the Atlanta Falcons pulled out a 20-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday after losing offensive stars Matt Ryan and Michael Turner to injuries.
The Falcons (6-5) were in deep trouble after Jason Elam missed another field goal try, this one from 43 yards, and the Bucs (1-10) drove into Atlanta territory.
But Connor Barth just missed on a 51-yard try with 2:30 left, giving the Falcons one more chance. Redman, who took over after Ryan injured his right big toe on Atlanta's first series, calmly directed a 59-yard drive that may have saved the season
On fourth-and-goal at the 5, Redman hit White on a slant coming off the middle while cornerback Derrick Roberson made a futile swipe at the ball.
A blocked punt by Corey Lynch set up Josh Freeman's 8-yard touchdown pass to Carnell Williams early in the third quarter, putting the Bucs ahead 17-10.
The lead almost held up against the Falcons, who lost Turner in the third quarter. Atlanta's top runner apparently reinjured his right ankle, a problem that kept him out of the previous game.
Redman, who started for Atlanta in 2007 after Michael Vick was suspended, had played only a couple of plays in two years since Ryan's arrival.