Although the Buccaneers stopped the Atlanta Falcons and got the ball back needing only a field goal to win, eight seconds proved far too little time for the team on its own 38-yard line. Had Greg Schiano used his timeouts differently against Atlanta, perhaps the team could have had more time to set up a game-winning attempt for kicker Connor Barth, but the Buccaneers head coach told Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday that he doesn't regret how he managed the clock at the end.
"It was second and 6," Schiano said. "Now, if you do what you believe you're built to do, which is get them to third down and stop them, now you have plenty of time. But we didn't stop them. That was disappointing. When we did stop them, it didn't leave us much time. In retrospect, would you use it (earlier)? It was (close)."
While the Buccaneers did manage to stop the Falcons to a third-and-five situation, the defense was surprised by a pass play that resulted in a first down when Matt Ryan passed to Roddy White for an eight-yard gain on fourth down.
After Matt Bryant missed a 48-yard field goal attempt, the Buccaneers had time for only two plays. Josh Freeman found Dallas Clark for a nine-yard gain on the first, but a final heave fell incomplete.