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What if you'd been told before the game that in Atlanta, the Falcons would outgain Tampa Bay 443 yards to 258? That Vick would throw for 306 yards and two touchdowns without an interception? That Vick's offense would convert 11 of 17 third downs to just two of eight for the visitors?
What if you'd been told that Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms would manage only 118 yards passing with no touchdowns and one interception? That Joey Galloway, who came into the game third in the NFL in touchdown catches and receiving yards, wouldn't catch a single pass? That Atlanta would run 74 plays to the Bucs' 46?
What if you'd been told that Tampa Bay's only slight advantage would be in turnovers -- two for the Falcons and one for the Bucs? You'd still have said Atlanta would win 35-10, right?
I would have.
Still, how in the name of Michael Vick did the Falcons lose a second straight game at home? One reason was that Vick's 21 completions didn't have the devastating rhythm of a Peyton Manning. Vick gets hot, goes cold. Hits, misses.
Atlanta's 27 points should have been 40.
But the Falcons also lost because Atlanta's quarterback fumbled twice -- and neither was Vick's fault.
Midway through the first quarter, Vick stumbled as he faded to pass. Though he lay momentarily defenseless, Tampa Bay's Greg Spires was in no mood to play two-hand touch. No, Vick has a way of springing to his feet and squirting free. So Spires fell on him.
Vick thought it was a cheap shot and a criticized the refs for not throwing a 15-yard flag. "I don't know," Vick said, "maybe (the refs) were against us today."