|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL In Week 9 of the 2010 NFL the Atlanta Falcons proved their worth, taking down the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, and claiming top place in the NFC South.
The Falcons overcame the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-21 Sunday and take over sole possession of first place in the NFC South. Michael Turner rushed for 107 yards and two early touchdowns, and the Falcons (6-2) compensated after Roddy White went out for a while with a knee injury. NFL betting fans should note that Tony Gonzalez had eight catches and undrafted rookie Michael Palmer scored his first career TD.
Here's how the plays broke down the Buccaneers (5-3) drove down to the Atlanta 2 with less than 3 minutes left, facing fourth-and-1. Josh Freeman faked a handoff to Ryan Purvis, a tight end lined up at fullback, and then gave it to LeGarrette Blount for a run over right tackle. Turner scored on runs of 2 and 10 yards to stake the Falcons to a 14-0 lead. Freeman cut the gap to 17-14 by halftime with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Arrelious Benn and a 58-yarder to Mike Williams. Matt Bryant added his second field goal, pushing the Falcons ahead 27-14.
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The ensuing kickoff landed between Spurlock and Maurice Stovall in an apparent mix-up. But Spurlock picked up the bouncing ball at the 11, slipped through a hole, somehow stayed inbound when kicker Michael Koenen took a dive at him along the sideline and streaked the rest of the way for the touchdown that again made a game of it. Trying to seize on that momentum, Tampa Bay appeared to get the ball back when kicker Connor Barth recovered an onside attempt. But the Falcons challenged, and the replay showed that the ball touched Barth's left knee just before it covered the necessary 10 yards, giving it over to Atlanta.
Then in a scary turn of events, White with 54 receptions through seven games, twisted his right knee making an 11-yard catch along the sideline. White limped off the field, got treated on the sideline, then went back in the game. Although sports betting fans should be noted that his return didn't last long, and he was back in the locker room before we knew it.