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Gameday Coverage Recap: Falcons vs. Buccaneers

Two Jacquizz Rodgers TD catches, a career day for starting WR Harry Douglas and a Thomas DeCoud fumble recovery helped the Falcons beat the winless Buccaneers, 31-23, at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.


Players hit the field to get some work in during the pregame as they prepared to face the Bucs.

Former Falcons players gathered for a luncheon as they celebrated Alumni Day before Sunday's game.

For photos from before the game, check out our pregame gallery.

Game Highlights

S Thomas DeCoud puts the Falcons up 7-0 early in the game by recovering a fumble by Bucs QB Mike Glennon and returning it for a touchdown.

QB Matt Ryan throws the ball to RB Jacquizz Rodgers for a 19-yard touchdown that extends the Falcons lead to 14-0.

WR Harry Douglas catches a 54-yard pass from Matt Ryan in the second quarter.

Matt Ryan throws to Harry Douglas for a 37-yard touchdown reception that puts the Falcons up 24-7 in the second quarter.

Jacquizz Rodgers scores his second touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Matt Ryan to extend the Falcons' lead to 31-17 in the fourth quarter.


Head coach Mike Smith helped reinforce the mantra "One Game at a Time" in his postgame locker room speech after the Falcons' 31-23 victory over the Buccaneers.

Matt Ryan and Smith reacted to the win by saying that it was 'much needed.'

Harry Douglas discussed his career day, in which he started in place of the injured Roddy White and caught 7 passes for a career-high 149 yards and a 37-yard second quarter touchdown.

In his postgame interview, Thomas DeCoud talked about how the defense stepped up partly because S inspired them with a talk before the game.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers recounts his two touchdown catches shortly after the win over Tampa Bay.

TE Tony Gonzalez said the Falcons' win was a total team effort and one that they plan to build momentum off of as they move forward in the season.

For photos from the NFC South matchup, check out our gameday gallery.

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