ATLANTA - The Falcons beat the Buccaneers Monday night in Tampa to continue their run towards the NFC playoffs.
Currently, the Falcons hold the final wild-card spot in the NFC playoffs after Seattle lost to Jacksonville. Atlanta also owns the tiebreaker over Detroit, Green Bay and Dallas.
Monday night, the Falcons took care of a Buccaneers' team who was looking to spoil their playoff hopes.
Read our live blog from the game below:
Field goal attempt by Bucs is no good. Falcons win 24-21
Bucs in Falcons territory after quick throw to Martino. Bucs at the 47 with 0:25 left.
Humphries returns punt near the 30. 1:00 left.
Bucs with a huge sack by Clinton McDonald. Falcons will punt to Bucs.
Bucs use their last time out with 2:19 left. Sets up a run play on second and 9.
Winston hits wide-open Adam Humphries for the touchdown. Bucs now trail 24-21.
Bucs have first down at Atlanta 17, 4:16 left
Devonte Freeman scores touchdown after a huge run. Extra point made. Score now 24-14.
And there's the payoff to continuing to give Devonta Freeman the ball, despite the fumbles. The 32-yard TD run gives him his first 100-yard game since Week 3. #Falcons now up 24-14 with 7:58 to play. #FalconsOn2 #InBrotherhood— Anthony Amey (@AnthonyAmeyWSB) December 19, 2017
Bucs call a timeout with 8:46 left in the 4th
Ryan throws to Freeman for first down at Falcons 31
Devonta Freeman has 2 fumbles now. Would Tevin Coleman have replaced him if he were healthy? Terron Ward is doing a nice job spelling Freeman when necessary. #FalconsOn2— Anthony Amey (@AnthonyAmeyWSB) December 19, 2017
Falcons have the ball at their 13, 13:21 to play.
Winston throws to Cam Brate for a first down and 13-yard gain.
Third quarters comes to an end with Falcons maintaining lead over Bucs, 17-14
Winston scrambles for 13-yard gain to the Bucs' 36.
On 3rd & 10, Matt Bryant attempts field goal but is blocked by Bucs.
Matt Ryan runs to a first down at the Bucs' 15.
Adarius Glanton down on the field after collision in backfield. Appears to have a leg injury.
First down for Falcons
MATTY WHEELS! 👀— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 19, 2017
1st down near midfield. pic.twitter.com/RUhUOnhl9e
Matt Ryan’s deep shot attempt to Julio Jones was incomplete. 3rd & 1.
Jameis Winston to Mike Evans for 42-yard touchdown. No flag, Bucs cut Falcons lead to 17-13. They make the extra point, with the Falcons still leading 17-14
Bucs say safety T.J. Ward, who suffered a concussion against Falcons three weeks ago, is being evaluated for a concussion. DeSean Jackson has an ankle injury, return is doubtful.
Vic Beasley takes down Jameis! Bucs forced to punt it away.
Mike Evans, flagged for offensive pass interference.
Falcons kick off to Bucs to open second half.
Falcons lead Buccaneers 17-7 at the end of the first half
Falcons incomplete on third down. Lining up to punt from Bucs' 44 with 0:32 left in half.
Falcons get a 21-yard gain to their 48, with 0:49 left in half.
Ryan finds Sanu for 21 to our 48 yard line.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 19, 2017
49 seconds remain in the first half. pic.twitter.com/D7IkWPRxTK
Defense forces a punt. Ball at Falcons 15
The defense forces a punt.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 19, 2017
Our ball at our 15 with 1:43 until halftime. pic.twitter.com/9BQI2Q6z3u
2 minute warning given for first half of game. Bucs say guard J.R. Sweezy is out for the rest of the game. Joe Hawley is in at center and Evan Smith in at right guard. O.J. Howard is out for rest of the game with ankle injury.
Matt Bryant kicks a 57-yard field goal to push Falcons to 17-7 lead with 3:12 left in half
28 yard toss and catch from Ryan to Jones.
JULIOOOOOOOOOOO— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 19, 2017
28 yard toss and catch from Ryan to Jones. pic.twitter.com/Yqgx5XknsY
Barber fumbles ball inside the 5-yard line -- First down called
FUMBLE!— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 19, 2017
Barber fumbles it inside the 5.
Keanu Neal recovers. pic.twitter.com/9NRuWnYl27
Keanu Neal crushed Mike Evans on the sideline the last time the #Falcons were in Tampa. He forces the fumble by Peyton Barber inside the 10-yard line to preserve the Atlanta 14-7 lead with 6:30 to go before the half. #FalconsOn2 #InBrotherhood— Anthony Amey (@AnthonyAmeyWSB) December 19, 2017
Winston passes to Antony Auclair for 14-yard gain to the Falcons' 18
Bucs throw to Alan Cross for 23 yards and third-down conversion. Now at Falcons' 32.
After challenge from Falcons, Sims is found down by contact close to line of scrimmage, 15-yard penalty still counts
Bucs TE O.J. Howard has an ankle injury. His return is questionable.
Falcons Deion Jones and Grady Jarrett missed tackles on the screen play. Falcons challenging that runner was down by contact off Deion's hit.
Bucs get a 32-yard gain plus another 15 yards for a late hit on Falcons. Bucs at the Falcons' 41.
Long pass to Mike Evans. Flagged for offensive pass interference.
Extra point is good. Falcons now lead 14-7.
We'll take it!— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 19, 2017
Free dives into the end zone and Toilolo recovers the fumble.
ATL 14 | TB 7 pic.twitter.com/qWlwwSPR6R
TOUCHDOWN Falcons! Freeman fumbled ball at goal line, but Toilolo recovered in end zone.
Julio Jones runs ball first down on third and 7, first and goal at the 4 after 15-yard gain.
Bucs CB Ryan Smith is being evaluated for a concussion.
Ryan passes to Devonta Freeman, who goes for 29 yards. Falcons are at the Bucs' 22 as first quarter ends.
Field goal is good, score tied up 7-7
O.J. Howard had 3 catches for 52 yards in the first matchup on November 26 against the #Falcons. He got past Keanu Neal, who slipped in coverage here to tie the game as the Bucs respond with a TD drive of their own. 7-7 game still on the 1st. #FalconsOn2 #InBrotherhood— Anthony Amey (@AnthonyAmeyWSB) December 19, 2017
Touchdown Buccaneers. Jameis Winston 30-yard score to rookie TE O.J. Howard.
Winston hits DeSean Jackson for 11-yard gain. Third and 1 at Falcons' 30.
Barber runs for first down after contact on third and 2
Ricardo Allen flagged 15 yards for hitting defenseless receiver. Bucs get first down at their 46.
Refs need to go back to ref school if that was a penalty. Gruden right about the lousy stare down throw, too.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) December 19, 2017
Brate take a hit as Winston throws the ball ahead. Flag coming for hit from Falcons
Field goal is good. Score 7-0 with Atlanta leading
TOUCHDOWN! Matt Ryan converts on third and goal with 6-yard touchdown to Justin Hardy.
Falcons convert with dumpoff to Devonta Freeman. Atlanta at first and goal at the 6
Julio Jones with an 8 yards catch, with Robert McClain in coverage. Second and 12 for Falcons.
Falcons back up to first-and-20 at the Bucs' 34
Falcons go no huddle to attack secondary with pass to Justin Hardy.
Falcons and Bucs both go 3 and out on their opening drives.
Atlanta receives opening kick.
The Bucs have won the toss and will defer.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 19, 2017
We will receive to begin the game. #ATLvsTB
Lots of energy on the field tonight ahead the game.
Energy is UP‼️‼️‼️— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 19, 2017
👻- falcons pic.twitter.com/cnt5WfixtL
Time to Rise Up, Falcons fans!
Here we go boys!
Falcons release inactive list for tonight's game.
Falcons are on the field preparing for tonight's game.
Just two and half hours til game time.
Falcons in Tampa getting ready for the big game
The #Bucs Ring of Honor circling Raymond James Stadium. That empty space will feature Jon Gruden's name tonight during the Monday Night Football game against the #Falcons. #FalconsOn2 @NFL pic.twitter.com/3XwTuqsYS2— Anthony Amey (@AnthonyAmeyWSB) December 18, 2017
Channel 2's Anthony Amey is in Tampa for the big game. Follow him tonight on Twitter for LIVE updates.
The calm before the storm at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, as the #Falcons will take on the Bucs on Monday Night Football. Our coverage will begin at 8:00. And catch the game on @wsbtv #InBrotherhood #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/RZzC4L8Vh3— Anthony Amey (@AnthonyAmeyWSB) December 18, 2017
The Falcons arrived in Tampa.
Business trip.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 17, 2017
ATL ✈️ TB pic.twitter.com/7iu2UWwweS
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