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             === Douglas steps up as Falcons down winless Bucs ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Matt Ryan  threw for  273 yards and three
 touchdowns  to lead the injury-plagued Atlanta Falcons to a 31-23 win over the
 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
 
 Ryan  was  without the  services of  his two  favorite targets, wide receivers
 Julio  Jones  and Roddy White. Jones  went on injured reserve after undergoing
 foot  surgery on Monday and White, who had been battling a hamstring issue all
 season, was held out of the lineup.
 
 Harry  Douglas was the big benefactor, compiling a career-best 149 yards and a
 touchdown on seven catches for Atlanta (2-4), which had lost three straight to
 AFC East opponents. Jacquizz Rodgers also had a big day with eight catches for
 46 yards and a pair of scores out of the backfield.
 
 "Harry  had  a career day," said  Falcons head coach Mike Smith. "Harry's role
 changed two weeks ago because of our situation at wide receiver. He stepped up
 to the plate and did an extremely good job today."
 
 Mike  Glennon went 26-of-44 passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns for Tampa
 Bay (0-6) in his third career start. Doug Martin gained 47 yards on the ground
 before leaving with an apparent shoulder injury, and Vincent Jackson caught 10
 passes for 138 yards and two scores.
 
 Trailing  31-17 early  in fourth  quarter, Tampa  Bay manufactured  an 18-play
 drive  that spanned more than nine minutes. The Bucs had 1st-and-goal from the
 Atlanta  5 but  consecutive penalties sent them back to the 30-yard line. Rian
 Lindell eventually kicked a 41-yard field goal, but the clock became an issue.
 
 "Unfortunately,  penalties were  a big issue again," admitted Tampa head coach
 Greg  Schiano.  "Certainly very frustrated  about that.  It's been a long time
 since a team that I've coached has had this kind of issue. Put it on me. We've
 got to find a way to get that fixed. We had 11 penalties today, six of them in
 Atlanta territory."
 
 Lindell  kicked another  field goal just after the 2-minute warning, but Tampa
 was  out  of timeouts  and Thomas DeCoud  made an athletic  play to secure the
 onsides kick. Ryan kneeled three times to secure the win.
 
 The  Falcons went three-and-out  on their first drive but got a spark from the
 defense  when William Moore sacked Glennon and forced a fumble. DeCoud scooped
 up the loose ball and brought it back 30 yards for the opening score.
 
 Atlanta  marched  down the field for  a touchdown early in the second quarter,
 aided  by a roughing the passer call on 3rd-and-11 late in the first. Ryan hit
 Douglas for a 26-yard pickup following the penalty and Tony Gonzalez hauled in
 a  catch  for 20  yards down the  seam as  the quarter came  to an end. Facing
 pressure  on 3rd-and-5 from  the Tampa Bay 19, Ryan dumped off to Rodgers, who
 dragged a defender into the end zone with him.
 
 Tampa  cut into  its deficit  three plays  into its  next series  when Glennon
 reeled  back  and fired a 59-yard  touchdown pass to Jackson. After faking the
 hand-off,  Glennon stepped  up  in  the pocket  and  found  Jackson in  single
 coverage  down the  field, and  the 6-foot-5  receiver jumped  over cornerback
 Asante Samuel for the catch.
 
 "Over  the past  few weeks, I've missed  Vince a few times and not really even
 given  him a chance," said Glennon. "So that was a conscious decision by me to
 let our play-makers make a play.
 
 Matt  Bryant  kicked a  23-yarder with 7:38  left in the  second quarter for a
 17-7  Falcons  edge and  after a  short Michael Koenen  punt, Ryan and Douglas
 connected for a 37-yard score.
 
 Lindell  drilled a  36-yard kick as time  expired in the first half, and Tampa
 trailed 24-10.
 
 The Bucs gambled on their second drive of the second half, picking up a fourth
 down conversion from the Atlanta 3 before Jackson caught a 1-yard touchdown.
 
 Rodgers'  second touchdown catch early in the fourth spotted the Falcons a 14-
 point advantage.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Tampa has lost 10 of its last 11 games dating back to last season ... The Bucs
 last  started 0-6 in 2009, when they lost seven straight to begin the year ...
 White had never missed a game in his nine-year NFL career ... Ryan improved to
 87-1  when throwing  at least  three touchdown  passes ...  Tampa has  a quick
 turnaround,  as they play host to Carolina on Thursday Night Football. Atlanta
 will visit the Cardinals on Sunday.
 
 10/20 18:04:46 ET