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19 September 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons Postgame Notes (9/18/14)

- On Atlanta’s second drive of the night, CB Alterraun Verner forced a fumble from Falcons TE Levine Toilolo, which was recovered by S Mark Barron. It is Verner’s third career forced fumble and his first with Tampa Bay. The fumble recovery is the second of Barron’s career.
- Near the end of the first quarter, LB Dane Fletcher and DT Akeem Spence combined for a sack on Atlanta QB Matt Ryan. It is Fletcher’s first partial sack with the Buccaneers and Spence’s first of the season. Fletcher now has 4.5 career sacks; Spence has 1.5.
- With Atlanta in the redzone, Buccaneers CB Leonard Johnson stripped Falcons RB Antone Smith, with Tampa Bay DE Scott Solomon recovering the ball at Tampa’s 1-yard line. It is Johnson’s second career forced fumble and the first fumble recovery of Solomon’s career.
- WR Mike Evans caught a career-long 36-yard reception in the second quarter of today’s game. Evans finished the game with four catches for 52 yards
- After QB Josh McCown exited the game in the second quarter with a hand injury, QB Mike Glennon made his season debut. Glennon went 17-of-24 for 121 yards and one touchdown.
- On the opening drive of the second half, Glennon converted on third down with a 19-yard scramble, the longest rush of his career. The 19-yard run is the longest by a Buccaneers quarterback since Josh Freeman ran for 25 yards against Dallas in 2011 (12/17/11).
- On Atlanta’s first drive of the third quarter, LB Lavonte David forced a fumble from Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, which David recovered after S Dashon Goldson saved the ball from going out of bounds. David now has three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his career.
- Tampa Bay’s three fumble recoveries in tonight’s game are the most by the team since recovering four against Washington in 2007 (11/25/07). That game also marks the last time the team has forced at least four fumbles.
- RB Bobby Rainey had a career high seven catches for 64 yards, both of which led the team. His seven catches are the most by a Tampa Bay running back since 2012 (7, Doug Martin vs. St. Louis, 12/2312) and his 64 rushing yards are the most since Martin tallied 79 at Minnesota (10/25/12).
- Tampa Bay’s 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter lasted 8:01, each marking season-highs. The drive ended with WR Vincent Jackson catching his first touchdown pass of the season, and the first scoring toss from QB Mike Glennon on the year.
- On the ensuing drive, LB Danny Lansanah recorded his first career interception, returning it 27 yards for a touchdown.

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