Flat Falcons lose 22-17 to Buccaneers

Updated: December 31, 2012, 4:30 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Matt Ryan refused to accept the rationale for why the Falcons were not motivated for their last regular-season game.

Sure there was nothing for them to gain, having secured home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs. Yes, the opponent was Tampa Bay, which had lost five straight. Plus many fans -- who knew all this -- decided to stay home, leaving empty seats and a lack of pregame excitement.

Atlanta looked flat, especially early, and the Buccaneers seized the opportunity.

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