Falcons 24, Bucs 23

November 25th, 2012

The Falcons’ huge first-down slant pass late to all but ice the game came with Bucs cornerback Danny Gorrer (that’s right, who?) covering Roddy White.

Painful stuff.

All the predictable elements were in place. The Bucs’ straight pass rush was weak, and the secondary was roasted and toasted like campfire marshmallows, but scored big a couple of big plays. The Bucs’ run defense was stout, and the Tampa Bay offense reeled off explosive plays, with Vincent Jackson carving up the Falcons defense.

Matty Ice was just too much. And Doug Martin never got going. That’s the surprise of the game for Joe, the Falcons run defense, their Achilles heal, coming to play.

The Falcons aren’t much better than the Bucs, but they’re still better.

Stick with Joe for much more out of this game through the day.

36 Responses to “Falcons 24, Bucs 23”

  1. SteveK Says:

    We played tough. Our expensive Kicker making that bomb woulda been nice.

  2. Aldo Says:

    im tired of losing games against Saints and Falcons, we can catch a break, when the game really really matters we screw ourselves…. i cant blame effort or something like that but im tired of this!!! either way, still proud to be a buc fan but this hurts so much

  3. Drew Says:

    The Defense is absolutely horrible. Expect another loss in Denver next week. The only games I see them winning (maybe) are the Rams and Eagles. Even that’s a far stretch to hope for. They’ll finish with a 7-9 record and it’s all on the Defense.

  4. tj Says:

    Oh where has mccoy been his stat line 0 tackles

  5. Keys Says:

    We needed Eric Wright, also offensive line penaltys were killing us to. We would have won if Freeman wouldn’t have over thrown Mike Will for that TD.

  6. Snook Says:

    Falcons still don’t impress me.

  7. Gus Says:

    This one hurt the most. Atlanta basically gave us this game!

  8. BucFan20 Says:

    Once again field goals on turn overs come back to haunt you. Aldo on the one yard line again and can’t get it in. Who’s the blame on this time? Sure don’t have LGB to beat up on for that one.

  9. BucFan20 Says:

    ^ Also

  10. Snook Says:

    So many missed chances. Atlanta handed another victory.

  11. RastaMon Says:

    “The Falcons aren’t much better than the Bucs, but they’re still better.”
    one of “the Joes”

  12. Oahubuc Says:

    Freeman left points on the field, particularly the drive where he thought the fans were eligible receivers.

  13. Pruritis Ani Says:

    Given the successes of the past several weeks, this one is particularly painful as there were too many missed opportunities to put the game away. For whatever reason they never got the running game going. This one is a huge downer. At least Seattle and Minnesota both lost. Hope NO loses to San Fran as well.

  14. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Sign another top flight CB in free agency next season?

    And draft one.

    I still think we need to draft an elite LB like a Kuechly type to hold down the TEs.

  15. canadianbuc Says:

    Denver only beat KC by 8……Just saying

  16. st. louis Bucs fan Says:

    sad loss to a team that i feel we played well against but not great, imagine what the Bucs will do with a stronger secondary. the refs seemed to only be looking at the Bucs but i feel the play that killed us was Keonan not kicking it outta the endzone and letting Rodgers get a 42yrd return. we were a couple of missed tackles and passes from beatin the Falcons. let hope for some CBs in the off season. BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!

  17. Aldo Says:

    its not secret we need to change so many stuffs on the D, Bill Sheridan has not impressed me at all, sure we are great on Rush but today when the game matters even rush D failed….

    Gerald McCoy has been invisible, he was suposed to be an icon, and to be fair he is average, nothing impressive.

    Biggers play good today but he is not starting caliber CB, he can be a real nickel CB and LJ the 4th… but we need 2 starting CBS (BTW i should cut Eric Wright)

  18. buccanay Says:

    didnt like the decision to kick 56yd FG. Had we made it, Ryan would have EASILY marched down the field for GW FG. Why not out it on the OFFENSE to win the game. 4th and 7 is VERY makeable for this offense, and it’s GAME OVER if we make. Bad call IMO, and then very bad clock mgt afterwords. Love our team and what Shiano’s been able to do, BUT, I hope e learns from his mistakes. Our offense is BY FAR, the best unit on this team, let them have the chance to win it. It’s the offense dammit, not the ST or D,but OFFENSE!!!!

  19. Macabee Says:

    Atlanta is lucky to leave town with a 1 point win. We left 2 TDs on the field – Freeman’s overthrown pass to Mike Will and V-jax 1st and goal at the 2. WE got to get that goal line thing fixed. This is the 2nd time this has happened on a V-Jax 1st down at the 1 or 2!

  20. canadianbuc Says:

    Rogers killed us

  21. ladyz Says:

    Will never see Bucs on tv at home until we solve the red zone problems.

  22. SensibleBuc Says:

    @ tj

    You obviously didn’t watch the game. GMC balled out as usual.

  23. SensibleBuc Says:

    Little things lost this game: Terrible clock management in the 4th (I thought we had that fixed last week), got 3 points when we needed 6 in the redzone, failed to capitalize on huge turnovers, failure to try different runs when our Power kept getting stuffed, Free missing a few throws, defense failing to account for Rodgers until it was too late, o-line penalties…and once again, clock management. Coach Schiano has GOT to do better or delegate that responsibility to a coach that can handle that situation.

  24. BamBamBuc Says:

    This game is not much different than the Giants and Saints games. We had the lead against all these teams, gave up the lead to all these teams, and had a chance to win at the end against all these teams… Overall, gotta say that’s still pretty good, even though the record is barely in playoff contention at this point. Just means we gotta learn to put games away better, whether that be fixing the pass D, the goalline offense, whatever…. this team is close.

  25. Patrick Says:

    When you look at all of their losses, You realize the Bucs could easily have a 9-2 or 10-1 record right now?? That is what’s heartbreaking about this season so far.

  26. lurker Says:

    BamBamBuc Said: “this team is close.”

    closer than anyone would have believed at the end of last season or beginning of this season, i bet.

  27. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Bucs still haven’t beaten a team with a winning record besides the overrated Vikings (now 6-5). When people say the Bucs could have nine or ten wins right now they’re being way too optimistic. Your record says exactly who you are, and the Bucs are not better than a 6-5 team right now. That’s just the way it is at this point. Maybe next year we’ll see ten wins. Not this year, though.

  28. ladyz Says:

    Close only counts in horseshoes and hangernades !

  29. Pruritis Ani Says:

    Gotta concur. The only thing that matters is the W or the L. The details of the games that you lost by 1 point or 20 points are inconsequential when your season is over and you are watching the playoffs from your livingroom couch.

  30. foxworth Says:

    He’ll of a season so far. A good dtaft and two vet additions on defence next year we will be unstopable .sheiano. may have a secondary coaching change to make as well but the the team looms and nfc is on notice

  31. Bobby Says:

    We are soooooooo much further along than I thought we’d be at this time. We can play with anybody and believe me the wins will come. This team is going to dominate this division probably starting next year. Just a few pieces left to the puzzle. Got to remember we’re doing all this with two pro bowl guards missing too.

  32. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Aldo Says:
    November 25th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    its no secret we need to change so many stuffs on the D, Bill Sheridan has not impressed me at all, sure we are great on Rush but today when the game matters even rush D failed…


    Consider the state of things he has to deal with. First, the Dline is decimated. Second, Talib’s most recent suspension and trade. Then Wright being injured. Then Wright being accused of earning a suspension. Clayborn toast…it goes on and on.

    On the other hand, the defense is playing like the defense of old did early on. How can you NOT be impressed?

  33. Tampa2 Says:

    For crying out loud. Some of you people I swear. Actually..Being close DOES matter. If the Bucs lost 37-0 then that would be a little effing disturbing don’t you think? This is a process. They are playing strong against the better teams ,and are tremendously improved. I don’t think some of you would be happy even if they were 11-0. The REALITY is you can’t perfectly mold a team into what you want it to be in just one offseason. The REALITY is that they are an offseason or two away. Holy cow, hide the knives if they lose to Denver next week and fall to 6-6.

  34. Walt B Says:

    Close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and predicting the future.

  35. BamBamBuc Says:

    Well said Tampa2.

    Seriously, people forget that sports are a form of entertainment for fans. The most entertaining is when your team wins, while the least is when they lose… however, there are levels of both. Last year, we didn’t just lose, we got blown out. That was in no way, shape or form entertaining to any fan of this team. This year, we are winning games and losing games that are close with the potential to win (I can think of the Giants, Skins, Saints, and Falcons in which we had the lead fairly late in those games, and a few of those flip-flopped scores a couple times as well). Those are all entertaining to watch, although disappointing to lose. Basically, this team is entertaining me, and I’m happy. I like being entertained. I’d love to be entertained in January and February too, but August through December is pretty good…

  36. Peking Buc Says:

    We’ve lost a few games playing single safety. Especially against the Giants and Falcons. Watching the replay of the Julio Jones TD, Ronde was just coasting over like he assumed LJ was gonna make the play. Had he come over to break up of the play like most safeties that would not have been a TD.

    We need to stop playing one safety high. It’s killing our playoff chances. Great defenses like the Niners and Giants never play one safety high. They always play two safeties deep to prevent big plays. And their defenses are much better than ours and still don’t take chances like that.