Takeaways: Atlanta wins in OT, Sambrailo sets TD record

The Falcons (7-9) finish the season strong following a 28-22 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) in overtime.

Since Atlanta defeated Tampa, the Falcons take second in the NFC South. Here are the main takeaways from the Falcons-Buccaneers game:

Ty Sambrailo sets NFL TD record

In the first quarter of the game, the Falcons stunned the Buccaneers crowd after Matt Ryan connected with offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo for a 35-yard touchdown. Sambrailo's touchdown was the longest touchdown by an offensive lineman since 1950. Standing at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, Sambrailo is also the heaviest player in history to score a touchdown.

For more coverage on Sambrailo's touchdown reception, click here.

Falcons defense cap off second half surge with game-winning TD

Since the bye week, the Falcons defense have made a complete turnaround on their execution in games. On the first play in overtime, linebacker Deion Jones swooped in and picked off Jameis Winston and scored for the game-winner.

"Deion, we've put him in as many difficult matchups from a coverage standpoint as we could all year," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. He added, "It's why the team wanted to make sure he was going to be with us for a long time, because you've got such a unique skillset. I think that proved itself today."

To read more on the Falcons defensive turnaround in the second half of the season, click here.

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