The Atlanta Falcons (9-2) are tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) at the half. The two teams had almost identical stats for the first quarter in every respect. And they both scored in the second quarter, Tampa Bay, in their hideous throwback Dreamsicle uniforms, drove down to score with 20 seconds left in the half.
This is a real battle, a divisional game, that Tampa needs to remain in playoff contention, and emotions are running high. There’s been several scraps, and a couple of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
The second half promises to be a real dogfight, and I’ll come back at the end, to let you know how it all comes out.
Should the Buccaneers prevail, the Bears would share an NFC best 9-3 record with Atlanta and the New Orleans Saints