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  • After Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston traded touchdown pass after touchdown pass, it came down to a few wacky flips near the goal line. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers nearly pulled off a miracle. But, in the end, the Atlanta Falcons finally got a much-needed victory to bounce their way. Ryan threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak, holding off Tampa Bay 34-29 Sunday in Winston's return as the Bucs' starter. The Falcons (2-4) scored on their first three possessions and held off a wild comeback by Tampa Bay (2-3), avoiding their first 1-5 start since 2007. The Bucs lost their third in a row. 'It was all hands on deck,' Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said. Especially on the final play . Winston and the Bucs drove to the Atlanta 21 but were out of timeouts. With the Falcons dropping nearly everyone toward the end zone, expecting a pass, Winston took the snap and darted straight up the middle of the field. When he was about to be tackled at the 10, he pitched the ball toward receiver Adam Humphries, who was so intent on going for the winning score he couldn't hang on. The ball skipped to Mike Evans, who blindly flung it in the direction of DeSean Jackson along the sideline at the 5. Jackson might've had a chance to dive for the end zone, but he couldn't come up with another bouncing ball. It rolled harmlessly out of bounds to end the game. Jackson ripped off his helmet and kicked the pylon in disgust on his way to the locker room. 'The play is a play you run once,' tight end O.J. Howard said. 'It was a great call. We almost got it.' Winston, who was suspended for the first three games of the season and came off the bench in Week 4, threw for 395 yards and four TDs. His performance, though, was marred by a pair of interceptions, one a deep ball that was picked off at the Atlanta 1 and a deflected pass in the end zone that ricocheted high in the air and was grabbed by Brian Poole to deny a red-zone scoring chance. Ryan's three TD passes gave him 274 in his career, passing Joe Montana for 16th on the career list. 'Obviously it's very special any time your name is brought up with Joe's,' Ryan said. 'But I'm more excited about the win.' He also had a big scramble on third-and-9, powering for a 13-yard gain that set up his final scoring pass. Quinn made a gutsy call with just over a minute remaining, sending on Matt Bryant to attempt a 57-yard field goal with Atlanta clinging to a 31-29 lead. Bryant's kick just cleared the crossbar, extending the Falcons' lead. The 43-yard-old Bryant put everything into the kick and immediately grabbed his right hamstring before hobbling off the field. Quinn's decision forced the Bucs to go for a touchdown. 'I can't say enough about Matt Bryant and the kick he had,' Quinn gushed. 'He's definitely one of the most mentally tough players I've had a chance to coach.' JULIO'S DAY Julio Jones went another game without a touchdown catch. The Falcons didn't mind a bit. Jones had 10 receptions for 143 yards — his third 100-yard game of the season — and constantly drew attention away from his teammates. That allowed Austin Hooper, Mohamed Sanu and Tevin Coleman to haul in scoring passes. Jones has gone 11 straight regular-season games without a TD since a Nov. 26, 2017, victory over Tampa Bay, when he had two scoring catches. BUC-KLING DOWN The beleaguered Tampa Bay defense, which is guided by former Falcons coach Mike Smith, was shredded in the first half for three touchdowns, a last-second field goal and 275 yards. It showed a bit of improvement after the break, actually forcing Atlanta to punt on three straight possessions. But, with the game on the line, the Bucs surrendered a 75-yard drive capped by Ryan's 6-yard TD pass to Coleman and a 36-yard possession that set up Bryant's long field goal. Tampa Bay came into the game allowing 34.75 points per game, more than any team in the league. INJURY REPORT Atlanta's receiving corps took a beating. Calvin Ridley, who was leading the Falcons with six touchdown catches, went out in the first half with an ankle injury and didn't return. Sanu was sidelined in the second half with a hip problem after hauling in a 35-yard touchdown pass. The loss of two receivers forced the Falcons to give more playing time to Justin Hardy, Marvin Hall and Russell Gage. Hardy had three catches and Gage came up with a big catch on Atlanta's touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. The Bucs lost defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who walked slowly off the field in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. Also, cornerback Ryan Smith was evaluated for a possible concussion. UP NEXT Buccaneers: Return home next Sunday to host the Cleveland Browns (2-3-1). Falcons: Host the struggling New York Giants (1-5) on Monday, Oct. 22, to close out a stretch of five home games in the first seven weeks of the season. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry ___ For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • A small plane crashed while taking off at the Gwinnett County Airport on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The two occupants of the plane were able to exit safely before the plane caught fire at about 12:40 p.m., according to a statement from the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The occupants, an instructor and a student, were not seriously injured, the fire department said. One was evaluated and released by paramedics at the scene, and the other said they were not injured. READ MORE: 1 reported dead in plane crash in Paulding County The Cessna 172 “experienced a nose dive and hard landing” while taking off from Runway 7 at Briscoe Field, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The plane went up in flames, but crews put out the fire shortly after 1 p.m., officials said. The aircraft was deemed a total loss. The crash occurred just a day after another small plane crashed in Paulding County, killing the pilot. In other news:
  • Authorities in Gwinnett County are looking for a 34-year-old man accused of robbing a Subway restaurant earlier this month. According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, the suspect -- later identified as Zachary Miller -- walked into the restaurant on Medlock Bridge Road in unincorporated Norcross around 10:15 a.m. Oct. 9. Investigators said Miller ordered a sandwich and as he was checking out, climbed over the counter and demanded cash from the register. He got about $100 in cash and ran out of the store, police said. Surveillance video showed him return to the counter, grab his sandwich and run away again. Channel 2 Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas is working on learning more about the investigation and latest on the search for Miller. WATCH Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m. for LIVE updates. TRENDING STORIES: College freshman killed by DUI driver was home for mother's birthday Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $900M; $1 million winner in Georgia Boy, 12, dies after being electrocuted by fence during football practice Miller has active warrants out for his arrest in Tennessee and multiple jurisdictions in Georgia, police said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911. Miller is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He may be traveling in a black 2003 Acura 3TS with Tennessee plate R9230J.
  • In an indictment released on Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged an official in the Treasury Department with illegally leaking financial information about bank transactions by certain people involved in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, indicating that a series of leaks to one news organization took place over the last year about key figures in the case, as well as details of the underlying financial probe. “We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in a statement. In an 18 page criminal complaint released today, the feds charged Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, with leaking ‘Suspicious Activity Reports’ about certain financial transactions which were red-flagged by investigators. “Each of the SARs Disclosures related to matters relevant to investigations being conducted by the Office of the Special Counsel” and other units looking at the Russia investigation, “such as suspicious transactions relating to Paul Manafort, Richard W. Gates, Russian diplomatic accounts, and other matters,” the complaint stated, rattling off the name of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, and a top aide, both of whom are now cooperating with the probe led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. While the news organization was not named, it is reportedly Buzz Feed News, which has published a number of articles related to these SAR’s. The feds say they found evidence on Edwards’ cell phone, showing that she had ‘engaged in hundreds of electronic communications with Reporter-1, many via an encrypted application.” Prosecutors say the evidence was still on her cell phone, when she was arrested. “At the time of EDWARDS’s arrest, she was in possession of a flash drive appearing to be the flash drive on which she saved the unlawfully disclosed SARs, and a cellphone containing numerous communications over an encrypted application in which she transmitted SARs and other sensitive government information to Reporter-1.” Fellow reporters: if you’re going to exchange encrypted messages with a govt source, that crypto will do you no good IF THE SOURCE SAVES ALL THE MESSAGES AND THE FEDS GET INTO THE PHONE. https://t.co/cwslzUjRIx — Cyrus Farivar (@cfarivar) October 17, 2018 The criminal complaint shows the feds were able to monitor messages being sent between the reporter and Edwards, after getting a court ordered ‘pen register,’ which records the numbers involved in communications, but not the actual details of those messages. The complaint also hints at other possible leakers – or at least employees within the Treasury Department who were in with the same reporter. “Initially, EDWARDS denied having any contact with any member of the news media, but indicated that she was aware that CC-1 and another FinCEN employee (“Employee-1″) were in contact with the news media,” the feds stated. There was no indication if other charges would be forthcoming. The 40 year-old Edwards faces two charges which carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each – unauthorized disclosures of Suspicious Activity Reports, and one count of conspiracy to make such disclosures.
  • Hillary Clinton appears to have been unharmed when the Secret Service vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash. The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate was headed to a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey in Jersey City on Tuesday night. The vehicle pulled into a parking garage, made a left turn and hit a concrete crossbeam. Clinton emerged from the van and walked to the fundraiser, where she was the featured guest. The Secret Service says no injuries were reported, and the Jersey City Police Department is investigating. In its accident report, police say the driver told them she drove into the garage and struck a concrete crossbeam that was not marked with its height. All passengers refused medical attention.
  • A robber who has targeted Subway restaurants around Metro Atlanta has been arrested in Tennessee.In the latest robbery last week at a Subway on Medlock Bridge Road in Gwinnett County, police say 34-year-old Zachary Miller can be seen patiently waiting for a sandwich before he jumps the counter and orders the employee to open the cash register.