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09 November 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons Postgame Notes (11/9/14)

- On the Buccaneers opening drive, the team held the ball for 8:36, their longest drive of the season and the longest since playing at St. Louis in 2012 (12/23/12), The drive consisted of 17 plays, the most by a Buccaneers scoring drive this season and their most since an 18-play drive against Atlanta last season (10/20/13). The drive culminated in a 51-yard field goal by K Patrick Murray.
- Murray now has four field goals of 50 or more yards on the season, tying Rian Lindell (2013) for the fourth-most in a single season in team history.
Rank         Player                                                50+ FG
1.              Connor Barth, 2012                            6
2.              Martin Gramatica, 2000                      5
2.              Martin Gramatica, 2002                      5
4.              Rian Lindell, 2013                               4
4.              Patrick Murray, 2014                        4
- With the Falcons facing first-and-goal in the second quarter, DT Clinton McDonald recorded his second sack of the season, dropping Falcons QB Matt Ryan for a seven-yard loss. It was McDonald’s second sack of the season and brings his career total to 7.5. The drive ended with an Atlanta field goal.
- With 2:31 remaining in the first half, Tampa Bay drove 86 yards, culminating in a 22-yard touchdown reception by WR Mike Evans from QB Josh McCown. The touchdown pass was the third of the year for McCown. The touchdown reception was Evans’ fifth of the year.
- Evans finished today’s game with seven catches for a career-high 125 yards, along with a touchdown. He now ranks fifth in receiving yards by a Buccaneers rookie with 585 and tied for third in receiving touchdowns by a Buccaneers rookie with five.
Rank         Player                                                Yards
1.              WR Michael Clayton, 2004                  1,193
2.              WR Mike Williams, 2010                     964
3.              WR Lawrence Dawsey, 1991              818
4.              WR Horace Copeland, 1993                633
5.              WR Mike Evans, 2014                       585
6.              TE Tim Wright, 2013                          571
7.              FB Mike Alstott, 1996                         557
8.              WR Kevin House, 1980                       531
9.              RB James Wilder, 1981                      507
10.            RB Doug Martin, 2012                       472
Rank         Player                                                TDs
1.              WR Mike Williams, 2010                     11
2.              WR Michael Clayton, 2004                  7
3.              WR Mike Evans, 2014                       5
3.              TE Tim Wright, 2013                          5
3.              WR Kevin House, 1980                       5
- With today’s totals, Evans is the first rookie in Buccaneers history to post consecutive 100-receiving yard games. He is the first Buccaneer to post 100 or more receiving yards and one or more touchdowns in consecutive games since Vincent Jackson last season (two games: 10/13/13 v. Philadelphia-10/20/13 at Atlanta) and is only the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat (Jackson, Antonio Bryant, Mark Carrier (2x) and Kevin House).
- Evans has caught at least four passes in each of his first eight games played. He is the first Buccaneer to have at least eight consecutive games with four or more receptions since Kellen Winslow (11 consecutive: 11/8/09 vs. Green Bay-9/19/10 at Carolina) and matches Michael Clayton’s mark for the most consecutive games with at least four receptions by a rookie (eight consecutive: 10/3/04 vs. Denver-11/28/04 at Carolina).
- WR Vincent Jackson recorded a season-high eight catches in today’s game, the most he has had since tying a career-high with 10 against Atlanta last season (11/17/13). Jackson finished the game with eight receptions for 75 yards.
- In the third quarter of today’s game, WR Marcus Thigpen returned a punt 53 yards, the longest by a Buccaneer since Michael Spurlock's 77-yard return for a TD in 2009 (12/27/09 at New Orleans).
- Following Thigpen’s punt return, the Buccaneers drove 34 yards in eight plays, capping the drive off with a one-yard touchdown reception by TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. It was Seferian-Jenkins’ second career touchdown reception. He had a career-high five receptions for 30 yards and the touchdown.
- McCown finished the game completing 27-of-43 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns, to go along with 39 rushing yards. McCown’s 301 passing yards are a season high and his 39 rushing yards are the most by a Buccaneers quarterback since Josh Johnson in 2011 (45 rushing yards vs. Carolina, 12/4/11).
- LB Lavonte David led all players with 14 total tackles, matching a season high. David entered today’s game leading the league in solo tackles, while ranking second in total tackles. David has posted 14 tackles in four of his past five games.
- The Buccaneers converted 12 third downs in today’s game, matching the most in a single game in franchise history. The team’s conversion rate of 70.6 (12-17) ranks third in team history.
(Regular Season Team History, Per Stats, Inc.)
Date                                 Opponent              3rd Down Conv.
1. 11/9/14                         vs. Atlanta                      12
1. 11/4/07                         vs. Arizona                      12
3. 11/7/99                         at New Orleans                11
4. Six contests tied                                                  10
(Regular Season Team History, Per Stats, Inc.)
Date                                 Opponent                 3rd Down %
1. 9/21/97                         vs. Miami                       77.8
2. 9/28/98                         vs. Chicago                    72.7
3. 11/9/14                         vs. Atlanta                     70.6
4. 11/7/99                         at New Orleans               68.8
5. 11/10/96                       vs. Oakland                    62.5
5. 11/28/94                       at Carolina                      62.5
5. 9/17/00                         at Detroit                        62.5
- The Buccaneers totaled a season-high 373 yards in today’s game, the most they have had since recording 410 against Atlanta in 2013 (11/17/13). The team’s 23 total first downs are also a season-high and match the most since last season’s contest vs. Atlanta.
- RB Charles Sims made his NFL debut in today’s game, finishing the contest with eight carries for 23 yards and two receptions for 17 yards.
- DE Jacquies Smith made his first career start in today’s game.

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