ATLANTA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored another defensive touchdown. No surprise there.
Keyshawn Johnson reached the end zone. That was out of character.
Johnson caught a 76-yard pass for his first touchdown of the season, then Derrick Brooks scored off an amazing lateral by Warren Sapp to clinch a 20-6 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
For good measure, the Bucs knocked Michael Vick out of the game.
|Falcons linebacker Matt Stewart brings down Bucs QB Brad Johnson in the second quarter.(AP)|
Tampa Bay (4-1) has allowed only 27 points in winning four consecutive games, and the defense hasn't given up a touchdown on the road all season.
The Falcons (1-3) never got closer than the Bucs' 14-yard line.
Tampa Bay is doing more than just stopping the other team. For the fourth week in a row, the defense scored a TD.
Sapp, of course, was right in the middle of things. He taunted the Georgia Dome sellout crowd during a timeout, walking up and down the line of scrimmage flapping his arms.
On the next play, Falcons backup quarterback Doug Johnson was sandwiched between Greg Spires and Simeon Rice as he threw, the ball fluttering right into Sapp's arms at the Atlanta 15.
Falcons lineman Todd Weiner grabbed Sapp from behind, but the big defensive tackle flipped a lateral to Brooks in full stride. He raced to the end zone with 6:19 remaining for his third score of the season.
The linebacker has two more touchdowns than Keyshawn Johnson, who finally scored with 4½ minutes left in the third period to put the Bucs ahead to stay at 10-6.
"Hey, man, we are fast," Rice said. "We have a very formidable front four."
James Brown held a concert on the 50-yard line after the game. Unfortunately for the Godfather of Soul, most of the fans left after Brooks scored.
Keyshawn Johnson finished with six catches for 131 yards. Keenan McCardell had six receptions for 83 yards.
"Anytime you get some mismatches on our wideouts, they are going to dominate," quarterback Brad Johnson said.
Tampa Bay finished off Vick early in the third.
Sapp chased the young quarterback out of the pocket, and Rice drove him to the turf. Vick sprained the AC joint in his right (non-throwing) shoulder and didn't return.
Not that it would have mattered. Vick had his worst game of the season by far, completing 4 of 11 passes for 37 yards and rushing for 1 yard. He also was sacked three times.
"I took a lot of good shots today," said Vick, who isn't sure if he'll be able to play next Sunday against the New York Giants. "I hit my head two or three times. I bit my tongue. They put me on my back."
Doug Johnson took over and guided the Falcons to a 32-yard field goal by Jay Feely, putting Atlanta on top 6-3 with 6:18 left in the third. The lead was short-lived.
After taking the kickoff, Tampa Bay faced third-and-6 from its own 24. Brad Johnson lofted a pass down the right sideline to Keyshawn Johnson, who found himself in man coverage against cornerback Juran Bolden.
Bolden, starting while Ray Buchanan serves a four-game suspension for steroid use, leaped for the ball but it slipped over his fingertips. Johnson made the catch in stride and waltzed the final 55 yards to the end zone, holding the ball above his head for part of the trip.
"I was there," Bolden said. "I just misjudged it. I can't let that happen."
Keyshawn Johnson, who got in a sideline shouting match with coach Jon Gruden a couple of weeks ago over his role in the offense, flipped the ball into the stands and had some words for the Atlanta fans before teammates pulled him away.
"I was trying to get the ball to a lady," the receiver said. "Some guy took it away from her and I was telling him to give it back."
The Falcons tried all sorts of trick plays, but nothing worked against the ferocious Tampa Bay defense.
Warrick Dunn, playing against his former team, gained 14 yards on nine carries. The Falcons had 243 yards overall, but 92 came on two meaningless drives at the end of the game.
Knowing what they were up against, Atlanta attempted an onside kick midway through the first quarter after Feely's 34-yard field goal made it 3-0.
Feely dribbled the ball straight ahead and recovered himself, but Atlanta went nowhere.
The Falcons also called a fake punt in the fourth. Chris Mohr's pass to Brian Kozlowski was on target, but a huge hit by Dexter Jackson knocked it away and Dwight Smith intercepted for the Bucs.
|FG||Jay Feely 34 Yd, 7:05. Drive: 6 plays, 16 yards in 3:14.|
|FG||Martin Gramatica 23 Yd, 8:03. Drive: 14 plays, 56 yards in 6:39.|
|FG||Jay Feely 32 Yd, 6:18. Drive: 6 plays, 43 yards in 2:56.|
|TD||Keyshawn Johnson, 76 Yd pass from Brad Johnson (Martin Gramatica kick is good), 4:32. Drive: 3 plays, 80 yards in 1:46.|
|FG||Martin Gramatica 22 Yd, 6:31. Drive: 10 plays, 49 yards in 4:54.|
|TD||Derrick Brooks, 15 Yd interception return (Martin Gramatica kick is good), 6:14.|
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