Falcons 27, Bucs 21

November 7th, 2010

Joe has to give it up to the young Bucs for proving they can truly compete on the road against a very good team.

That said, what a painful loss for Joe. A late fourth-quarter lead was right there for the freakin’ taking. Perhaps just a big ol’ Josh Freeman quarterback sneak away.

The Bucs figured out how to slow down the Falcons for much of the second half, and Freeman proved he is a big time performer under pressure in the fourth quarter yet again. Joe’s a bit bummed out the Bucs took the ball out of his hands on fourth-and-inches.

It is what it is. You can argue the call all night long.

Defensively, the Bucs still have poor numbers, but at least it looked a little better today against the run.

Stats are for losers, though, and the Bucs are now 5-3.

37 Responses to “Falcons 27, Bucs 21”

  1. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Tampa played them tough, we could have won, I am proud of them!

  2. ac3 Says:

    this one stings

  3. RastaMon Says:

    Mistakes from a young staff and roster…..
    all in all they are laying the groundwork for the future….
    I have No problem with the way this team is growing….

  4. Patrick Says:

    People better actually watch the highlights of this game look at the fact that we were 1 or 2 yards away from winning this game before they start saying that “we can’t beat the good teams” crap.

  5. Aldo Says:

    i blame the refs on that challenge on roddy, that was never a first down!!! and blame ollie on that last play, i mean u got freeman to go up un middle!!! and the D really needs something man!! specially front four!!!!

  6. bucfan Says:

    we got screwed on the spot prior to 4th down, we took a time out, don’t know why that wasn’t challenged. It was a tough loss, but we showed everyone that we can ball with the best, ATL didn’t make many mistakes today.

  7. Gavster Says:

    Hopefully we bounce back and get a win next week we can easily be 6-3 along with the falcons who have to play a tough ravens team. this season has a lot more left in it. and while this loss hurt because we couldve won we are still in the playoff hunt

  8. Kevin Says:


  9. safety Says:

    I am bummed, but not that bummed. We were an inch away from going ahead. I agree with Rasta and Patrick.
    Still, I have those dirty birds…

  10. Kevin Says:

    Out coached…plain and simple.

  11. Jerry Says:

    0-3 against winning records.

  12. Blackmagic00 Says:

    This team is the future of the NFL. Tampa and Atlanta will be fighting for the south for years to com. GOOO TAMPA!!!

  13. Kevin Says:

    This team and its coaching staff are going to be something to reckon with for many seasons to come. Its just painful watching them grow up.

  14. gitarlvr Says:

    encouraging game. disappointing to lose but it was literally inches from maybe going the other way(Falcons still only needed FG to win even if they scored). The upside is that I think the offense is not looking back from the corner they turned in the second half against the Rams. And the defense is getting better incrementally each game. I fully expect the Bucs to beat bad\mediocre teams coming up on the schedule. Oh and we got Carolina next week.

  15. tj Says:

    This loss i think falls on Olsen for not relaying the plays quick enough. And agree with all of you about we cant beat a good team cause the brwons who we beat just killed your so called #1 team patriots

  16. MOBucs Says:

    You have a 6’6 QB, need 1 foot, and you run a counter?! Bad call Olsen! All in all it was a great game and proved the Bucs can compete at a high level!

  17. McBuc Says:

    I would not say watching this team grow is painfull, it is thrilling. They lost, but I had a blast for the entire game.

  18. Bucfan66 Says:

    As much as we hung in there, it really hurts that we lost on that final play. A play that we EASILY could have had had we run straight ahead with either Blount or Freeman. We tried to get too cute with the misdirection and we paid for it.

    WE HAD THIS GAME!! Oh well, on to the next one…

  19. Pete 422 Says:

    Blount is going to haate the film on that 4 down run. He had a hole up the middle he could have gone through. If he went airborne he may have scored.

    @ Jerry, nobody had this rebuilding team at 5-3 at this point. Optimistic fans had them at 8-8 at best. This team just needs better play on the D front four and they can beat anybody. And just think this is a rebuilding year. It looks more like a reloading year.

    I’m encouraged, but the loss stings because we came so close.

  20. T in Orlando Says:

    5-3 only hurts when the Bucs were sitting at 5-2. The Defense looked like a sive the first half, but tightened up the second half. The WRs had a couple drops, and Freeman wasn’t at his best either (that first INT should never have been thrown). I understand this is all part of the learning process. I do have a big gripe with Olsen/Morris in practically treating the first two offensive drives as throw-aways, in that Caddy is there on 1st and 2nd down. Caddy has clearly proven his worth both as a 3rd back and as the guy who should be in there in the 2 minute drill, but the guy is not getting the job done on 1st and 2nd downs. This seems to be common knowledge, however Blount still doesn’t get his first touch until better than half way thru the 2nd Qtr?? That should not be the case at all. Would it have made a difference in this game? Who knows, but I am tired of watching the team come out early in the game and not getting the job done offensively. This is clearly a coaching call, and I critize the offensive staff and Raheem for not getting this kid involved much earlier in the game.

  21. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I really enjoyed this game. I think the Bucs, even though they lost, have earned some respect…and at least we’ve still got a winning record 🙂

    That onside kick call was genius, and we just missed getting the ball back by inches. At least the defense stopped them from scoring.

    Loved this game.

    Saints vs Panthers = 34 – 3 Saints. At least we’re not LAST in the division!

  22. Bucfan66 Says:

    Until Blount improves his pass protection he should not be starting the game. Watching Freeman get sacked hard in the first half while Blount is standing there looking around was not a pretty sight. We’re lucky that Freeman isn’t as fragile as Romo, but one of these days Freeman is bound to get injured on a play like that.

  23. Blackmagic00 Says:

    Diddo McBuc. I love watching these kids win or lose. We are on the cusp of greatness.

  24. Kevin Says:

    Pete I could not disagree with u more on the onside kick. That is what Im referencing when I say out coached. We just scored and got back in the game (without using any of the clock) and our defense is holding Atlanta. That is just a gamble that an experienced coach does not make.

  25. bigrattler73 Says:


  26. Mynamewastaken Says:

    this loss hurts…… enough said…

  27. Rican Says:

    Great game Tampa!! Proud to be a Bucs fan, we can stick with the best of em and we only have greater things to look forward to. Take the negativity and shove it. Nuff said

  28. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Kevin Says:

    November 7th, 2010 at 5:36 pm
    Pete I could not disagree with u more on the onside kick. That is what Im referencing when I say out coached. We just scored and got back in the game (without using any of the clock) and our defense is holding Atlanta. That is just a gamble that an experienced coach does not make.

    It was unexpected and if it had worked, we could have actually caught up and the Falcons players would have taken a powerful blow to their confidence. It was the perfect play at the perfect time and if the ball had not touched the kicker inches from the spot required, we wopuld have gotten the ball back.

    The coach relied on our defense to stop them…and they did. Perfect call. Perfect time.

  29. Ish Says:

    Where was Roddy White today? Didn’t the guy run his mouth about wanting Talib to cover him? Didn’t he say that would be good for him? According to the stats he only caught 1 pass for 3 yards.

    Way to torch Talib! Roddy, you da man!

  30. trig187 Says:

    Did anyone else (other than Raheem) notice that we were robbed of 5 crucial yards on that Pass Interference spot??? I hate to point to the refs, but there was no recourse on that. Raheem even through the red flag in an attempt to get a re-spot. This crew of officials needs to be held accountable for that crucial blunder.

  31. Rican Says:

    I agree Pete

  32. Joe Says:


    The Edward R. Murrow of our time, T.J. Rives is acting like that was a Kennedy assasination. Joe believes it was trival.

    The Bucs were just given a first down on the Falcons-10. Good teams punch the ball in.

    Hell, the Bucs had fourth-and-inches and couldn’t get it in.

    Joe believes this was a non-issue. Only a rank apologist likes Rives would make such a big deal out of that call, clearly trying to dodge where the real blame should lay.

  33. trig187 Says:

    Point taken.

  34. Kevin Says:

    Pete …Rican agrees with you and more important my wife agreed with the call. Maybe Im wrong, but I was aghast when I saw that play. I guess Im in the minority.

  35. Irony Says:

    An onside kick will never be popular. But we all know If Barth got it which he should have we’d be singin a diff tune.

  36. BamBamBuc Says:

    I don’t think the onside kick was a bad call, it should have worked. I’d rather kick it then when it’s not suspected, when our D just had a great series and shut down the Falcons. Would you rather take that risk when our D is getting run over? The D was playing well at that point, if you’re gonna put the D in a bad spot, it should only be when they’re playing well. I’d even go so far as saying that was a good (and possibly great) call at that point. It could have completely devastated the Falcons at that point. They were lucky that Barth touched it early, or they’d be out the ball and possibly a challenge and timeout. Onside kicks tend to work better when they’re not expected.

  37. Rican Says:

    amen bam bam