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01 November 2015

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons Postgame Notes (11/1/15)

- On Atlanta’s second possession, Falcons WR Julio Jones caught a pass for 35 yards, but was stripped by Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander, who returned the fumble 20 yards, to the Atlanta 21-yard line, setting up a 38-yard field goal from Tampa Bay K Connor Barth. That marks both Alexander’s first career forced fumble and first fumble recovery. 
 
- With his first quarter field goal, Barth tied former Buccaneers K Matt Bryant for the third-most made field goals in franchise history. Barth later added a 23-yarder in the second quarter and a 31-yarder in overtime that proved to be the game-winning score.
 
BUCCANEERS CAREER MADE FIELD GOALS
 
Rank      Player, Years                                             FGs
1.           Martin Gramatica, 1999-2004                     137
2.           Michael Husted, 1993-98                            117
3.           Connor Barth, 2009-12, 2015                    100
4.           Matt Bryant, 2005-08                                  98
5.           Donald Igwebuike, 1985-89                          94
 
- With Barth’s totals today (three made field goals, two extra points), he now has 418 points as a Buccaneers player, he fourth-most in team history.
 
BUCCANEERS CAREER POINTS SCORED
 
Rank      Player, Years                                           Points
1.           K Martin Gramatica, 1999-2004                  592
2.           K Michael Husted, 1993-98                         502
3.           FB Mike Alstott, 1996-2006                         432
4.           K Connor Barth, 2009-12, 2015                 418
5.           K Matt Bryant, 2005-08                              416
5.           K Donald Igwebuike, 1985-89                      416
 
- Tampa Bay’s defense recorded its second takeaway of the day on Atlanta’s ensuing drive, with DE Jacquies Smith recovering a fumbled snap by the Falcons at the Buccaneers’ 13-yard line and returning it nine yards. It is Smith’s second fumble recovery of the season and the third of his career.
 
- The Buccaneers recorded their third takeaway of the first half with under two minutes remaining after LB Kwon Alexander intercepted a pass from Falcons QB Matt Ryan at the Tampa Bay 35-yard line, returning it 15 yards to the 50. The interception is the second of the season for Alexander.
 
- Alexander’s two interceptions are tied for the most by a rookie linebacker in team history (also Hugh Green, 1981 and Dave Lewis, 1977).
 
- Alexander is the first Buccaneers player to record at least one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in the same game since former S John Lynch did in 1996 (vs. NO, 11/24/96).
 
- Alexander recorded a game-high and career-best 11 tackles.
 
- Tampa Bay’s three first-half takeaways are the most in a first half this season and the most since recording three in the first half against Cincinnati last season (11/30/14).
 
- Following Alexander’s interception, QB Jameis Winston drove the team 50 yards in six plays, culminating in a 20-yard touchdown to TE Cameron Brate. The touchdown pass was the 10th of the season for Winston and the receiving touchdown was the first of Brate’s career.
 
- With his 10th touchdown pass of the year, Winston tied former QB Josh Freeman for the second-most passing touchdowns by a Buccaneers rookie.
 
MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES BY A ROOKIE QB -
SINGLE SEASON (Team History)
 
Rank          Player                                            No.
1.               Mike Glennon, 2013                        19
2.               Josh Freeman, 2009                       10
2.               Jameis Winston, 2015                   10
4.               Bruce Gradkowski, 2006                   9
5.               Shaun King, 1999                             7
5.               Doug Williams, 1978                         7
7.               Vinny Testaverde, 1987                    5
8.               Steve Young, 1985                           3
9.               Trent Dilfer, 1994                             1
9.               Parnell Dickinson, 1976                    1
 
- Winston scored his second rushing touchdown of the season in the third quarter, rushing for a four-yard touchdown. His two rushing touchdowns are the most ever from a Buccaneers rookie quarterback.
 
- That scoring drive featured 21-yard run from Winston, the longest rush by a Buccaneers quarterback since 2011 (Josh Freeman, 25 yards vs. Dallas, 12/17/11).
 
- In overtime, Winston helped lead Tampa Bay on a 15-play, 68-yard drive that ended in a 31-yard field goal from K Connor Barth, giving the Buccaneers a 23-20 lead that they did not relinquish.
 
- Today’s game marks the first game-winning drive of Winston’s career. He is only the third rookie quarterback in team history to lead the team to an overtime victory, joining Josh Freeman (at NO, 12/27/09) and Steve Young (vs. DET, 11/24/85). This is the first overtime victory for Tampa Bay since 2012 (vs. CAR, 11/18/12).
 
- The Buccaneers’ three fumble recoveries in today’s game are a season high and stand as the most since recovering three at Atlanta last year (9/18/14) and tie the third-most in franchise history.
 
- Tampa Bay’s four takeaways today are the most since also recording four at Atlanta last season (9/18/14).
                                                                                                                  
- WR Donteea Dye made his first career start in today’s game.
 
- DE Josh Shirley made his NFL debut in today’s contest.
 
- Today’s inactives:
#4    QB   Ryan Griffin
#28 CB   Tim Jennings
#31 S     Major Wright
#77 DT   Tony McDaniel
#83 WR  Vincent Jackson
#87  TE   Austin Seferian-Jenkins
#98 DT   Clinton McDonald
 
- Today’s starting lineups:
 
OFFENSE
WR    #17  Donteea Dye
LT     #76  Donovan Smith
LG     #70  Logan Mankins
C       #68  Joe Hawley
RG    #74  Ali Marpet
RT     #78  Gosder Cherilus
TE     #88  Luke Stocker
WR    #13  Mike Evans
QB    #3    Jameis Winston
RB     #22  Doug Martin
FB     #46  Jorvorskie Lane

DEFENSE
DE     #92  William Gholston
DT     #93  Gerald McCoy
DT     #97  Akeem Spence
DE     #56  Jacquies Smith
SLB   #51  Danny Lansanah
MLB  #58  Kwon Alexander
WLB  #54  Lavonte David
CB     #24  Mike Jenkins
CB     #27  Johnthan Banks
SS     #23  Chris Conte      
FS     #30  Bradley McDougald

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