A change of venue failed to turn the tide for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In their only nationally televised game of the season, the Bucs, seeking their first win of the season, were simply dominated in every facet of the game and lost to the Atlanta Falcons 56-14 at the Georgia Dome Thursday night.
Atlanta scored early and often, taking a 35-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, equaling the Falcons’ largest halftime advantage, which was set in 2012 against the Bucs.
The Falcons made the visitors look flat-footed and out of sync all night, handing the Bucs one of their most lopsided defeats in franchise history. Running back Bobby Rainey (pictured), fresh off a strong performance in last week's loss to the St. Louis Rams, fumbled twice early and never hit his best stride.
While everything went wrong for the Bucs on both sides of the ball, it was a record-setting night for the Falcons. Devin Hester high-stepped his way into the record books, returning a punt for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was the 20th of his career, breaking Dion Sanders’ record for most career returns for touchdowns.Read more... Join the Conversation...