Oct 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Matt Ryan (2) in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Jacquizz Rodgers, and the Atlanta Falcons held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 on Sunday to end their three-game losing streak.
Harry Douglas had seven receptions for a career-best 149 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown catch, for the Falcons (2-4). Douglas flourished as Ryan's No. 1 receiver with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White inactive for the first time in his nine-year career due to hamstring and ankle injuries.
Falcons safety William Moore sacked Mike Glennon to force a fumble on Tampa Bay's first possession. Safety Thomas DeCoud returned the fumble recovery 30 yards for a touchdown.
The Buccaneers (0-6) controlled the ball in the fourth quarter but managed only two field goals by Rian Lindell.
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