For the second consecutive week, the Atlanta Falcons offense took a majority of the game before coming alive.
However, this time it would be too late. The Falcons trailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the entire game and, despite three first-half turnovers, were able hold Tampa to two field goals and a 13-3 lead at halftime.
Atlanta's defense was even more stout in the second half, capitalizing on a sloppy and slow field to drown out the Buccaneers' running game, but the offense did not do its part until just nine minutes were left on the game clock in the final quarter.
Matt Ryan has proven time and time again that he is a magician when he has control of the offense, but the Falcons lack of effective offense for the majority of game play is what is killing them. Their offensive line especially has been lackluster.
Ryan led the Falcons down to the Tampa Bay red zone, trailing 16-10, with a chance to score a touchdown and give the Falcons the lead.
However, a costly holding penalty negated field position and forced Atlanta to settle for a field goal. Tampa Bay would hold onto the ball the rest of the way and take a 16-13 win, as Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris registered his first victory over the Falcons.
Here are five things we learned from the contest.