The Falcons won the toss to start the game and elected to receive, giving former Bucs head coach and current Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s offense the first chance.
The Falcons went down the field in a hurry with a couple big catches by wide receivers Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage Jr. The latter would end up catching a pass from Ryan in the end zone, giving Atlanta an early 7-0 lead.
The Bucs’ first drive of the game would prove fruitless even after a first down catch by tight end Cam Brate. Bradley Pinion would punt and pin the Falcons inside their own 10-yard line.
From there, the two teams traded punts until the first quarter was over, with the Bucs trailing 7-0.
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