The Atlanta Falcons (13-3) suffered their first home loss of the season this afternoon as they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) 22-17. Although it came as a surprise to some fans, the Falcons' starters played the entire way in a game whose outcome could not have any impact on Atlanta's position as the NFC's top playoff seed.
Atlanta was sluggish in a first half that was highlighted by a blocked punt by the Bucs, who led 16-3 at intermission. Atlanta cashed in on an Asante Samuel interception in the third quarter with a Michael Turner touchdown run to cut the lead to 16-10, but Tampa Bay answered Turner's score with a four-play, 80-yard drive that extended the Tampa lead back to double digits at 22-10.
Atlanta played well in the fourth quarter and had the ball with a chance to drive for the winning score, but the Bucs were able to make some key stops on defense to help preserve their 22-17 win.
Let's take a look at the final game grades for the Falcons.