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Bucs Make Vick Look Ordinary in a Shutout

Monday, December 6, 2004; Page D12



TAMPA, Dec. 5 -- Everywhere Michael Vick turned, there were red Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys.

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Making one of the NFL's most exciting players look ordinary for much of the day, the Bucs dominated Atlanta, 27-0, Sunday to keep the Falcons from clinching the NFC South.

Derrick Brooks made it a miserable day for the Atlanta quarterback, tipping an ill-advised pass that Dwight Smith intercepted in the end zone and forcing Vick to fumble on a sack.

"I wanted my presence to be felt," said Brooks, who led Tampa Bay (5-7) with 11 tackles. "At any moment he's carrying the ball, he can either make you look bad or you can put some punishment on him."

Vick rushed for 81 yards on eight carries for Atlanta (9-3), but completed just 13 of 27 passes for 115 yards. He fumbled twice, was sacked five times and threw two interceptions -- both coming at the Bucs 1-yard line.

"That's how Tampa is capable of playing," Falcons Coach Jim Mora Jr. said. "They didn't want us to come down here and win the division on their turf."

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