Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 12/30/12
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....
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