Posted December 31, 2012 on AP on Fox

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on September 20, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Matt Ryan refused to accept the rationale for why the Falcons were not motivated for their last regular-season game. Sure there was nothing for them to gain, having secured home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs. Yes, the opponent was Tampa Bay, which had lost five straight. Plus many fans - who knew all this - decided to stay home, leaving empty seats and a lack of pregame excitement. Atlanta looked flat, especially early, and the Buccaneers seized the opportunity. Josh Freeman threw a touchdown pass to Mike Williams and Doug Martin ran for 142 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown, in the Buccaneers' 22-17 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. Defensive end Kroy Biermann said the Georgia Dome ''kind of had a little different feel to it.'' ''But the bottom line, Tampa Bay came out ready to play and we came out a little flat,'' Biermann said. Ryan doesn't want to hear it. ''There's no excuse,'' Ryan said. ''We're professional athletes and we have to prepare ourselves to come ...
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