TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for a 6-yard loss in the second quarter, forcing a fumble that was returned 91 yards by rookie inside linebacker Devin White for a touchdown.
It was the longest fumble returned for a touchdown in Buccaneer history, according to ESPN Statistics & Information. It was also the seventh-longest touchdown of any kind in team history.
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JPP with the strip sack. Devin recovers and takes it 91 yards to the house. pic.twitter.com/BkoJgP1ePr
Ryan's arm was hit as he wound up to make the throw. Qadree Ollison attempted to make the grab, but White swooped in, reaching a maximum speed of 21.44 miles per hour, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, the eighth-fastest play by a linebacker this season. White's 21.89 miles per hour reached chasing down Chris Carson in Week 9 is the fastest play by a linebacker all year.
It was White's fourth consecutive game with a defensive takeaway. Against the Houston Texans, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, White had a fumble recovery, and against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 14, he had a forced fumble.