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Sunday November 4, 1979 - Away Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 Atlanta Falcons 17

The Falcons controlled the ball for 41 of 60 minutes. An inability to complete long passes, combined with fumbles, prevented the Buccaneers from taking what could have been a large early lead. Isaac Hagins' fumble to Atlanta's Tom Pridemore set up a 31-yard field goal. The Buccaneers maintained a halftime lead, despite having held the ball for only six minutes and 18 seconds in the first half.

Falcon blitzing disrupted Doug Williams' passing, and Ricky Bell and Jerry Eckwood were held to 72 yards rushing. Eckwood's fumble led to Atlanta's go-ahead touchdown with 11:10 remaining. Bubba Bean's 60-yard run with 1:22 remaining clinched the game for the Falcons. A 69-yard Williams-led drive brought the Buccaneers to within three points with 28 seconds left, but the Buccaneers failed to recover the ensuing onside kick.

Thanks to Doug Williams the Buccaneers managed to reach .500 for the first time in franchise history

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Sunny - 59°F. - Wind N.W. 10 mph
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: #12 Ben Dreith
    • UMPIRE: #5 Bob Boylston
    • LINE JUDGE: #11 Bill Reynolds
    • LINESMAN: #20 Frank Glover
    • BACK JUDGE: #6 Stan javie
    • FIELD JUDGE: #16 Pat Mallette
    • SIDE JUDGE: #19 Bob Rice
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 2:08-1Q Bell 1 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    • FALCONS: 4:58-2Q Mazzetti FG30
    • FALCONS: 11:10-4Q Mitchell 4 pass from Bartkowski (Mazzetti kick)
    • FALCONS: 1:22-4Q Bean 60 run (Mazzetti kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 0:22-4Q Giles 12 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • QB: #12 Williams
    • LT: #75 Reavis
    • LG: #64 Horton
    • C: #50 Wilson
    • RG: #61 Roberts
    • RT: #73 Hannah
    • WR: #85 Owens
    • WR: #81 Hagins
    • TE: #88 Giles
    • FB: #43 Eckwood
    • RB: #42 Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LDE: #60 Chambers
    • NT: #71 Crowder
    • RDE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #57 Lewis
    • LILB: #58 D. Selmon
    • RILB: #54 Wood
    • ROLB: #56 Johnson
    • LCB: #45 White
    • SS: #33 Cotney
    • FS: #25 Jordan
    • RCB: #40 Washington
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 6 O'Donoghue, 16 Blanchard, 23 Ragsdale, 27 T Davis, 34 Brown, 36 Berns, 38 J Davis, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown , 66 Yarno, 69 Austin, 70 Carlton, 74 Sanders, 77 Kollar, 79 Lewis, 84 Jones, 86 Obradovich, 87 Mucker
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 14 Fusina,15 Rae

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 13-41, Eckwood 9-31, J.Davis 2-4, Williams 1-0, Mucker 1-(-2).
    • FALCONS: Stanback Bean 3-67, Cason 21-65, Andrews 15-49, Mayberry 3-16, Bartkowski 4-15.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 24-11-198-1-1.
    • FALCONS: Bartkowski 20-11-80-1-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Mucker 3-68, Owens 2-76, Hagins 2-17, J.Davis 1-15, Giles 1-12, Ragsdale 1-6, Eckwood 1-4.
    • FALCONS: Andrews 4-16, Mitchell 3-19, Jenkins 2-29, Francis 2-16.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Lewis 1-11.
    • FALCONS: Lawrence 1-12.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Ragsdale 3-56.
    • FALCONS: Stanback 1-24, Pearson 1-23.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 4-7.
    • FALCONS: Pearson 1-4.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Chambers 1-9, Nafziger 1-9, Lewis 1-8.
    • FALCONS: Brezina 1-4.

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