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06 December 2015

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons Postgame Notes (12/6/15)

- After Tampa Bay and Atlanta traded scoreless possessions to open the game, the Buccaneers struck first, getting a touchdown on their second drive of the game. QB Jameis Winston led a 13-play, 77-yard drive, which culminated in a five-yard touchdown run from Winston.
- Winston now has five rushing touchdowns on the season, tied for the most by a quarterback in a single season in team history, and tied for the third-most career rushing touchdowns by a Buccaneers quarterback.
                                                                                                                                                               Rank         Player                                                Rush TD
1.              Shaun King, 2000                               5
1.              Jameis Winston, 2015                      5
1.              Steve Young, 1986                             5
4.              Josh Freeman, 2011                          4
4.              Doug Williams, 1980                           4
4.              Doug Williams, 1981                           4
Rank         Player                                                Rush TD
1.              Doug Williams, 1972-82                      13
2.              Steve Young, 1985-86                        6
3.              Trent Dilfer, 1994-99                          5
3.              Shaun King, 1999-03                          5
3.              Jameis Winston, 2015                      5
3.              Vinny Testaverde, 1987-92                 5
- On Atlanta’s next possession, the Falcons drove to Tampa Bay’s five-yard line and, facing third-and-goal, Buccaneers DE William Gholston recorded his second sack of the season, dropping Falcons QB Matt Ryan for a five-yard loss. Gholston later added a 1-yard sack, giving him his first career multi-sack game. He now has seven career sacks.
- On the final play before the two-minute warning, LB Kwon Alexander notched his third sack of the season, bringing Ryan down for an eight-yard loss. Alexander’s 3.0 sacks this season are the second-most by a Buccaneers rookie linebacker (Chris Washington, 5.0 in 1984).
- Alexander’s sack also forced a fumble from Ryan, which was recovered by Atlanta. The forced fumble was the second of Alexander’s career.
- Tampa Bay finished today’s game with three sacks, the team’s fourth-straight game with at least three sacks, the team’s longest such streak since 2004 (four games: 11/14/04 at ATL-12/5/04 vs. ATL).
- On Tampa Bay’s first possession of the second half, the team drove 82 yards in nine plays, capping the drive with a one-yard touchdown run by RB Doug Martin. The rushing score was Martin’s fourth of the season and the 18th of his career.
- Martin finished today’s game with 25 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown, along with a catch for five yards. With his totals today, Martin now has 1,133 rushing yards on the season, tying Warrick Dunn for the eighth-most rushing yards in a single season in team history.
Rank    Player                                   Year            Yards
1.         RB James Wilder                   1984            1,544
2.         RB Doug Martin                     2012            1,312
3.         RB James Wilder                   1985            1,300
4.         RB Ricky Bell                         1979            1,263
5.         RB Errict Rhett                      1995            1,207
6.         RB Carnell Williams               2005            1,178
7.         RB Reggie Cobb                    1992            1,171
8.         RB Warrick Dunn                   2000            1,133
8.         RB Doug Martin                   2015            1,133
10.       RB Warrick Dunn                   1998            1,026
- The Buccaneers added three more points on their next possession, with K Connor Barth connecting on a 23-yard attempt.
- With 6:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, Jameis Winston helped lead a 12-play, 80-yard drive that included a 20-yard scramble on third-and-19 and ended with a six-yard touchdown pass to WR Mike Evans to give the Buccaneers the lead. The drive marked the third game-winning drive of Winston’s career and his second career fourth-quarter comeback drive.
- Tampa Bay’s conversion on third-and-19 was the longest this season and the longest since facing Chicago last year (third-and-23, 11/23/14 at CHI).
- Winston finished the game going 18-of-27 for 227 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, for a passer rating of 89.6, while adding five carries for 15 yards and a touchdown.
- Evans now has three receiving touchdowns this season and 15 in his career. He finished the game with five catches for 61 yards.
- After Evans’ touchdown reception, Atlanta received the kickoff with 1:39 remaining in the game, but on the Falcons’ first play of the drive, Buccaneers LB Lavonte David intercepted QB Matt Ryan and sealed the victory for Tampa Bay.
- David now has three interceptions this season and nine in his career. His nine interceptions are tied for the third-most by a linebacker in team history.
Rank         Player                                                INT
1.              Derrick Brooks, 1995-2008                 25
2.              Dave Lewis, 1977-81                          10
3.              Lavonte David, 2012-Pres.                9
3.              Cecil Johnson, 1977-85                      9
3.              Richard Wood, 1976-84                      9
- David finished the game with a game-leading 11 tackles, adding two tackles for loss and the interception.
- Today’s win marks Tampa Bay’s first sweep of a divisional opponent since 2012 (Carolina) and the Buccaneers’ first season sweep of the Falcons since 2007.
- WR Vincent Jackson posted three catches for a season-high 87 yards, including a season-long 36-yard catch.
- Tampa Bay finished today’s game with 388 yards from scrimmage, the team’s fifth game this season with at least 375 yards, tied for the second-most such games in a single season in team history.


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