Originally written on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 11/3/14

The Bucs wanted to end the season with a win and snap a five-game losing streak. After beating the Falcons on Sunday 22-17, they did just that and gave some sense of optimism for 2013. The Falcons put their starters in for the entire game even though they had the number one seed locked up for the NFC playoffs. On the other sidelines, Tampa Bay played their best football in all three phases this season. Atlanta rushed for 65 yards against Tampa Bay’s best run defense in the league. The Bucs defense held Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan to 238 yards passing, one touchdown, and sacked him two times. By the way, if the Bucs gave up 251 yards through the air, they would have been categorized as the worst pass defense in yards given up. Thank goodness that didn’t happen. Josh Freeman, aside from the interception which Asante Samuel had a good read on, had his first decent game in weeks. His 222 yards passing yards on Sunday put him over the 4,000 yards mark for the first time in his career. Also makes him the only quarterback in franchise history to have that accomplishment. Freeman’s touchdown pass to Mike Williams also puts him at the top of the team’s record books with 78 touchdown passes. He passed Vinny Testaverde’s record of 77. The rookies showed up as well. Running back Doug Martin rushed for 142 yards, including a 40 yard touchdown run. Linebacker Lavonte David made five tackles including one for a loss, a sack, and two quarterback hits.But arguably the biggest play out of the rookies was safety Mark Barron breaking up what would have been a fourth down conversion for Atlanta in the fourth quarter when he knocked the ball out of tight end Tony Gonzalez’s hands after what would have been a completion to seal the game for the Bucs. Tampa Bay ends their season with a 7-9 record with hopes on building onto that in 2013. (Photo Credit: AP) The post Bucs end the season on a high note appeared first on The Bay Cave.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bryant attends Cowboys OTAs despite not signing contract

Are Dwyane Wade and the Heat headed for a split?

Good news for the effort to bring an NHL team to Vegas

Adrian Peterson goes on social media rant regarding contract

Report: John Wall, friends kicked off plane in Las Vegas

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Broncos OT Ryan Clady suffers torn ACL in practice

Report: Buffalo Sabres to hire Dan Bylsma as head coach

Marc Trestman will make Joe Flacco a Pro Bowler

Could Tyrod Taylor be the Buffalo Bills’ savior?

Chicago Bulls fire Tom Thibodeau after five seasons

LeSean McCoy refuses to return Chip Kelly's calls

Five NFL players who paid dearly to obtain jersey numbers

Dee Gordon thought Marlins’ manager hire was a joke

Which MLB teams are most changed since Opening Day?

Seattle Mariners: Back to .500

JJ Watt doesn't care for chance to be on 'Hard Knocks'

McElwain compliments Muschamp culture at UF, previous staff 'snakebit'

Montreal mayor to meet Manfred in hopes of getting a franchise back

Five things we'd like to see on 'Hard Knocks' with the Texans

Chipper Jones challenged military veteran to fight

President Obama answers NBA questions on Twitter

'Entourage' creator rips Eli Manning for ditching movie

Ronda Rousey upset with Bethe Correia for suicide comments

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Are Dwyane Wade and the Heat headed for a split?

Good news for the effort to bring an NHL team to Vegas

JJ Watt doesn't care for chance to be on 'Hard Knocks'

Ryan Clady suffers torn ACL

'Entourage' creator rips Eli Manning

Brandon Marshall, Geno Smith are roommates

The Cavaliers are top (under)dogs

Bryce Harper on his breakout

WATCH: Jon Lester sets MLB hitless record

Six moves that made the Warriors NBA title contenders

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.