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Week 17: Falcons (17) Bucs (20)

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  1. Winuvas

    Winuvas OMFL Jets

    Oct 8, 2009
    Week 17: Falcons (17) Bucs (20)

    (NOTE: Before I start the article, just want to give a shout to Wajy on this one. He got disconnected with :40 seconds left in the 4th quarter, and gave me the go ahead to finish the game. Wanted to tip my cap to him for that.)

    Bucs Dominate, Win Late


    Buccaneers MLB Barrett Ruud (right) and SS Jermaine Phillips (left) converge on Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez in game Sunday

    by Antoine Buckman
    Blogger, Tampa Tribune

    Well, Raymond James Stadium was almost sold out this Sunday to watch the final regular season game of the OMFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And finally, the team as a whole came through to give fans a glimpse of 2010-11 with a 20-17 victory over the division rival Atlanta Falcons.

    The game was like a heavyweight bout: both teams starting slow to feel out their opponents. Atlanta elected to kick to start the game, and after unsuccessful drives by each team to start, the Buccaneers marched down the field on the arm of Josh Freeman and the legs (and hands) of Derrick Ward. Halfway through the first quarter, Freeman hit Ward on a 19 yard touchdown pass to put Tampa Bay ahead 7-0.

    The Bucs' defense would make it stand throughout the first quarter, but special teams this day would be the bane of Tampa's existence. After a Mike Nugent field goal midway through the second quarter to put the Bucs up 10-0, Falcons return man Jerrious Norwood ran the subsequent kickoff back to the Tampa Bay 3 yard line. One play later, fullback Ovie Mughelli rumbled in for a Falcons touchdown.

    No scoring occured after that until a bad decision by Josh Freeman broke the game open for Atlanta. On an out route that was clearly covered, Freeman threw directly to cornerback Tye Hill, who proceeded to run the interception back for an Atlanta touchdown to put them up 14-10. A Jason Elam field goal with 3 minutes to go in the fourth put Tampa Bay down 17-10. Down, but not out.

    Freeman quickly engineered a drive to get the team down the field, going to the short passing game and running with Derrick Ward. The big play came on a pitch to Ward, who took it 56 yards to the Falcon 1 yard line. A rumble by fullback B.J. Askew put the game at 17-17.

    The Falcons then went to their own two minute drive. However, quarterback Matt Ryan threw an ill advised pass across the middle which was picked off by Tampa Bay nickel cornerback Torrie Cox, who returned it to the 40 yard line of Atlanta. Three plays later, with :32 seconds on the clock, Tampa Bay put up the final points of their season with a Mike Nugent 39 yard field goal to make it 20-17.

    The Buccaneers dominated the game statistically, however. They ran for 172 yards as a team to Atlanta's 51, passed for 188 yards as a team to Atlanta's 95, and dominated time of possession with a nearly 2 to 1 advantage. In total offense, Tampa Bay had 360 yards to Atlanta's 146. Josh Freeman went went 21 of 32 in his final game of the year, with 195 yards and a touchdown to go with 2 interceptions. Derrick Ward ran the ball 24 times for 142 yards, and caught 4 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Chris Cooley caught 7 passes for 31 yards. On the defensive side, Torrie Cox was the hero with the only turnover for Tampa Bay. However, linebacker Quincy Black logged 4 tackles and the team had 2 sacks and timely pressure on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

    For the Falcons, Matt Ryan had an off day, going 10 of 25 for 110 yards and an interception. Running back Michael Turner had 9 carries for 48 yards in limited usage. Wide receiver Roddy White had 4 catches for 48 yards. Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton had 6 tackles and an interception in a stellar defensive showing on his part.

    "Well, we're going home, and Atlanta is going to the playoffs, but I think we're in their heads a bit," Coach Winuvas remarked after the game. "I will say this though to whomever plays 'em in the playoffs: Coach Wajy is probably upset, and will try to take it out on you."

    The team, and Coach Winuvas, finished 4-12 in their campaign. Coach Winuvas went 1-9 with Kansas City, and 3-3 with Tampa Bay. Hopefully, with a solid draft, some quality free agents, and a new outlook on the team, he can get it turned the right way in 2010.

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  2. wajomatik

    wajomatik Magister De Puer De Vacca

    Oct 8, 2009
    Gg Nuvas Bucs just had the Falcons number this year.

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