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Game Notebook: Falcons at Buccaneers

  • The Falcons improved to 6-1 after their Bye Week under Head Coach Mike Smith. Atlanta has won six straight games in the week immediately following the bye. Smith has guided the Falcons to a 39-25 overall record after the bye in his seven seasons.
  • RB Steven Jackson punched in a one-yard touchdown run on Atlanta's opening drive, giving him four rushing touchdowns this season and 10 rushing scores since joining the Falcons in 2013. Jackson has rushed for 66 touchdowns in his career, which ranks third among active players. Additionally, Jackson has scored at least four rushing touchdowns in all 11 seasons in which he has played.
  • Atlanta has scored 24 points on their first offensive possessions this season, including touchdowns in each of the last two games. Since 2008, the Falcons lead the NFL with 286 points on their opening drives.
  • Jackson finished the game with 81 yards on 16 carries (5.1 yards per carry), including a 27-yard long rush and one touchdown. His 5.1 yards per carry average was his second best since joining the club (7.0 at New Orleans 9/8/13). Jackson's rushing performance was his best since logging 84 yards on 23 carries against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto last season.
  • K Matt Bryant hit all four of his field goal attempts, connecting from 44, 43, 37, and 33 yards. Sunday's win marked the ninth time in his career that Bryant has hit four field goals in a single game and the fourth time he's accomplished that feat as a Falcon. Bryant's teams are 8-1 when he connects on four field goals.
  • Bryant also became the second player in franchise history to reach 600 points, joining K Morten Andersen (806) in Falcons annals. Since joining the Falcons in 2009, Bryant has connected on 131 of 149 field goals and all 207 PATs that he has attempted.
  • After Tampa Bay took a 17-16 lead early in the fourth quarter, QB Matt Ryan led the offense on a 10-play, 65-yard drive that culminated in a five-yard touchdown toss to WR Roddy White and regained the lead for Atlanta.
  • Following Ryan's touchdown strike, WR Harry Douglas secured a tough catch on the two-point conversion to put the Falcons up by a touchdown, which would turn out to be the decisive margin.
  • Ryan led the Falcons on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime for the 25th time in his career on Sunday. Atlanta's win also marked Ryan's third comeback win over Tampa Bay during his career and his second game-winning drive of 2014.
  • Ryan completed 20 of 31 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions, and a 96.0 passer rating to capture his 10th win over the Buccaneers in their last 13 meetings.
  • Ryan has thrown at least one touchdown in 14 straight games. He has thrown 16 touchdowns against eight interceptions this season. His 2,525 passing yards rank fifth in the NFL through 10 weeks.
  • White finished the game with six receptions for 72 yards and his fourth touchdown catch of the season. He has caught 59 touchdowns during his career and is the franchise's all-time leader. Additionally, White now sits just 73 yards shy of becoming one of eight active players to record 10,000 career receiving yards.
  • Atlanta's decisive touchdown drive was aided by a key reception from WR Julio Jones. Facing third and 10 at the Tampa 31, Ryan connected with Jones over the middle and the fourth-year wide out pushed his way forward for 11 yards and a first down.  Five plays later, Ryan hit White for the go-ahead touchdown.
  • Jones finished the game with eight catches for 119 yards, including a 39-yard long gain. He averaged 14.9 yards per reception and logged his fourth 100-yard game of the season.
  • Through nine games, Jones ranks third in NFL with 61 receptions and fifth in the League with 853 yards.
  • White and Jones combined for 191 of Ryan's 219 total passing yards while catching 14 of the 20 passes that Ryan completed.
  • The Falcons notched a season-high four sacks against the Buccaneers, led by DE Kroy Biermann and DE Osi Umenyiora who each notched 1.5 sacks. Biermann and Umenyiora each took down QB Josh McCown for solo sacks and also combined for a sack. DE Jonathan Babineaux also stopped McCown behind the line of scrimmage for a sack.
  • Umenyiora has 2.5 sacks this season and 85.0 career sacks. Umenyiora and 49ers DT Justin Smith rank eighth among active players with 85 career sacks.
  • Biermann had a break out game, logging five total tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, and one pass defensed. Biermann notched his first sack since 2012 in the win. Sunday marked Biermann's third career multi-sack game. The seventh-year player from Montana now has 18.0 career sacks.
  • The Falcons come up with their ninth defensive fumble recovery of the season and added two interceptions to increase their takeaway total to 16.
  • DE Malliciah Goodman forced a fumble that was recovered by DE Stansly Maponga while S Dwight Lowery and S Kemal Ishmael each intercepted McCown in the fourth quarter. Atlanta won the turnover battle, 3-0, improving its record to 40-6 when posting a positive turnover margin.
  • Lowery notched his 11th career interception and his first pick since 2012 when he made a diving stab in the end zone off of a ball that was tipped by CB Robert Alford.
  • Ishmael picked off McCown for the second time this season with his game sealing INT with just 31 seconds remaining. Ishmael also intercepted McCown in the first meeting between the two NFC S outh rivals earlier this season, returning the pick 23 yards for a touchdown.
  • The Falcons also got a strong performance out of second-year LB Paul Worrilow, who tallied 10 tackles (eight solo) with one quarterback hit. Worrilow logged 10-or-more tackles for the fifth time this season and the 12th time in his career.
  • The Falcons defense held the Buccaneers to 92 rushing yards on 23 carries, which marked the second straight game in which the Falcons have held their opponents under 100 total rushing yards.
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