Contact Us

Atlanta Falcons Sink Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 56-14

Devin Hester
Getty Images

Devin Hester ran back a punt 62 yards for his NFL-record 20th career touchdown return, and the Falcons routed Tampa Bay, 56-14, in Atlanta on Thursday night. Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan completed 21 of 24 passes for 286 yards and three scores, including two to Julio Jones.

Atlanta (2-1) broke out to a 21-0 lead early. They piled up a 56-0 advantage by the start of the fourth quarter before Tampa Bay (0-3) finally got on the board with two meaningless late touchdowns. The Buccaneers committed five turnovers on the game.

Hester’s second quarter return broke Deion Sanders record for career return touchdowns. It was his 14th career TD while running back a punt. Hester has also had five scores on kickoffs and one on a fumble return. He did Sanders’ trademark “Primetime” high-step on his way into the end zone.

Jones led all receivers with nine receptions and 161 yards.

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Total Sports Wire quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!