Powered by 399 yards from Tom Brady, and a total team offensive output of 485 yards, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruised past the Atlanta Falcons in a one-sided 44-27 victory, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers rushing game contributed to this win with 94 yards and one rushing touchdown, to support a 399 yards, four touchdowns effort by Tom Brady.
Brady ended the game with 399 yards passing, to go along with four touchdowns, one interception, and completing 26 of 41 passes. This performance led to a 117.80 passer rating for Brady.
The ground game for the Buccaneers saw Leonard Fournette carrying the football 5 times, and Ronald Jones helping with rushing the ball 12 times. The two rushers produced 13 yards and 78 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Buccaneers had Brady tossing the football to Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin as his most productive targets. Brown caught 11 passes for a net gain of 138 yards. The secondary target (Godwin) caught five passes for a net contribution of 133 yards.
On the defensive side of the football, the Buccaneers produced two forced fumbles, one tackle for loss, one sack and zero defensive touchdowns.
In a losing effort for the Falcons, Matt Ryan attempted 41 passes and completed 29 of them. This performance resulted in 265 yards, zero interceptions, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 97.20 for the game.
The rushing game for the Falcons was led by Todd Gurley and Brian Hill. For the game, Gurley rushed for 18 yards from carrying the football nine times. Meanwhile Hill carried the ball 9 times for a total of 94 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Falcons included Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Ridley caught eight passes for a total of 52 yards, while Gage contributed with 91 yards from nine passes.
Although their team lost the game, the Falcons defense ended the game with one sack, and two tackles for loss, to go along with no forced fumbles.
After this game, the Buccaneers improved to a record of 11-5, while the Falcons dropped to a 4-12 record.