Bucs hold off Falcons late rally to snap losing streak
Leonard Fournette reeled in a touchdown pass from Tom Brady and rushed for another 1-yard score to fuel the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 21-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Fournette had 10 catches for 83 yards for the Buccaneers (3-2), who held a decisive 421-261 edge in total yards en route to snapping their two-game losing skid.
Brady completed 35 of 52 passes for 351 to improve to 10-0 all-time in the regular season against Atlanta. He also famously rallied the New England Patriots from 25 points down to a 34-28 overtime victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
Atlanta’s Marcus Mariota completed 14 of 25 passes for 147 yards. He connected with Olamide Zaccheaus over the middle for a 19-yard touchdown pass and found KhaDarel Hodge for the subsequent two-point conversion, trimming the Buccaneers’ lead to 21-15 with 4:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Falcons committed penalties on successive third-down plays to extend Tampa Bay’s ensuing drive. A.J. Terrell was whistled for holding while Grady Jarrett was flagged for roughing the passer while completing a sack on Brady.
Avery Williams rushed for an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter for the Falcons (2-3), who saw their two-game winning streak come to a halt.
Fournette opened the scoring early in the second quarter after rushing in for a 1-yard touchdown. The surge capped a 13-play, 88-yard drive.
Ryan Succop drilled a 21-yard field goal to increase Tampa Bay’s lead to 10-0 with 1:18 left.
Atlanta’s attempt to answer was unsuccessful after Younghoe Koo’s bid for a 52-yard field goal sailed wide right.
Brady connected with Fournette on a pair of passes to set up Succop, who made a 44-yard field goal as time expired.
Fournette reeled in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Brady to cap an 11-play, 74-yard drive midway into the third quarter. Brady then found former Falcons wideout Russell Gage over the middle for the two-point conversion, increasing Tampa Bay’s lead to 21-0.
–Field Level Media