NFL Game Recap: Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10 December, 2023

It was a nail-biting encounter between the Falcons and the Buccaneers as the game came down to the wire. Despite a last quarter blitz from the Falcons, the Buccaneers held firm to claim a 29-25 victory in this high-stakes divisional clash.

Game Details

Date and Time: December 10, 2023, 1:00 PM (EST)

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Final Score

Atlanta Falcons: 25

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 29

Quarterly Breakdown

Atlanta Falcons

Quarter 1: 3

Quarter 2: 7

Quarter 3: 0

Quarter 4: 15

Total: 25

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quarter 1: 3

Quarter 2: 9

Quarter 3: 7

Quarter 4: 10

Total: 29

Game Highlights

Details of touchdowns, field goals, and other significant plays, such as:

  1. 14:57′ of Second Quarter: Baker Mayfield 1 Yd Run (Chase McLaughlin Kick) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Score: 3 – 10
  2. 12:09′ of Second Quarter: Kyle Pitts 36 Yd pass from Desmond Ridder (Younghoe Koo Kick) – Atlanta Falcons, Score: 10 – 10
  3. 4:06′ of Third Quarter: Rachaad White 31 Yd pass from Baker Mayfield (Chase McLaughlin Kick) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Score: 10 – 19
  4. 11:10′ of Fourth Quarter: Bijan Robinson 3 Yd Run (Younghoe Koo Kick) – Atlanta Falcons, Score: 17 – 19
  5. 3:23′ of Fourth Quarter: Desmond Ridder 6 Yd Run (Desmond Ridder Pass to Drake London for Two-Point Conversion) – Atlanta Falcons, Score: 25 – 22
  6. 0:31′ of Fourth Quarter: Cade Otton 11 Yd pass from Baker Mayfield (Chase McLaughlin Kick) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Score: 25 – 29

Team Performance

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons produced an all-rounded performance, generating 434 yards in total with 338 through the air and 96 on the ground. Desmond Ridder and his receiving corps worked hard to maintain their offensive rhythm, landing 15 passing first downs. However, a crucial interception and inefficient third-down conversion rate (5-13) perhaps let them down, with the team only managing to maintain possession for 28 minutes and 20 seconds.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Despite fewer total yards (290) and first downs (16), the Buccaneers made their yards count. Baker Mayfield was efficient under center, aided by a ground game that racked up 148 yards. Their defense played a pivotal role, managing to secure a safety, 3 sacks, and an interception, preventing the Falcons from quickly building momentum.

Injury Report

Both teams came into the game with some uncertainty in their lineups, broken down further with the Falcons seeing 8 players questionable or sidelined and the Buccaneers having 4. The most significant injury of the game was the absence of the Falcons’ Mack Hollins and Mike Hughes, both who had full practice on Friday but were questionable for this game.

Division Standings

With this win, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved up in the NFC South Division to second position, with the Falcons inching towards the top spot. Both teams have their eyes set on the division title.

Upcoming Games

Both teams will seek to use this game as a platform for their upcoming fixtures. The Buccaneers will be hoping to build on this win and maintain their playoff push, while the Falcons will seek to bounce back from this loss and continue their fight for the top spot in their division.


The game was a thrilling exhibition of football, showcasing the fine margins that often determine the outcome in the NFL. The Buccaneers’ victory takes them a step closer to overcoming Atlanta at the top of the NFC South Division, with the teams playing to an extremely competitive and thrilling encounter.

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