Bucs fall to 0-6 with 31-23 loss to Falcons

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 20, 2013 at 10:33 pm •  Published: October 20, 2013
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ATLANTA (AP) — Tampa Bay took a step forward in its season-long search for second-half scoring.

Vincent Jackson said the Buccaneers also took two steps back to remain winless.

Tampa Bay dominated the clock in the second half but settled for two late field goals when it needed touchdowns in its 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The loss left the Buccaneers (0-6) still looking for their first win. Running back Doug Martin left the game early in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return.

"Nobody wants to be in this situation," said Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn. "We've got to deal with it."

Trailing 31-17, the Buccaneers held the ball for 18 plays and over 9 minutes in a marathon fourth-quarter drive that produced a first down at the Falcons 5. Four penalties on the possession, including a facemask call against Jackson that pushed the Bucs back to the 15, helped force Tampa Bay to settle for Rian Lindell's 41-yard field goal with 5 minutes remaining.

Lindell added his third field goal of the game, from 36 yards, with 2 minutes remaining. The Falcons ran out the clock after recovering an onside kick.

Jackson produced Tampa Bay's first third-quarter touchdown of the season with a 1-yard scoring catch. When combined with Lindell's two fourth-quarter field goals, the Buccaneers matched the 13 second-half points they scored in their first five games.

Progress?

Not when the comeback attempt produced only field goals in the fourth quarter.

"We can't go backward," Jackson said. "It seems like we take one step forward, two steps back. We've got to come away with seven points in those situations."

Rookie Mike Glennon, making his first road start, completed 26 of 44 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns to Jackson.

"He went on the road and showed he can handle the pressure on the road," said Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams of Glennon. "As a team, we've got to help him and make more plays for him."

Jackson, targeted on 22 passes, had 10 catches for 138 yards, including touchdown receptions of 59 yards in the second quarter and 1 yard in the third quarter.

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