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Numbers, Notes and Colors: Falcons at Bucs


The Falcons will wear their white jerseysthis weekend in Tampa Bay. * Matt Ryan tied a career high with three touchdown passesagainst the Bills in the Georgia Dome during the Week 16, 31-3 win. * Wide receiver Michael Jenkins was born in Tampa. * With Jonathan Babineaux's sack against the Bills, he took the team lead with six sacks. * Tony Gonzalez's streak of consecutive games with a reception was extended to 146 during last Sunday's win over the Bills. * Head Coach Mike Smith has a 2-1record against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. * Brent Grimes has intercepted three passesin the past two ball games. He leads the team with five interceptions. * Cadillac Williams carried the ball 24times for 129 yards and one touchdownlast week. The Bucs are11-0 when Cadillac carries the ball 22 times or more. * Roddy White tied a career high with two touchdown receptionsagainst the Bills in the Georgia Dome in Week 16. * The Falcons have not allowed 100 rushing yardsto an opposing back sinceWeek 3. * Christopher Owens recorded his first career interceptionduring the team's win over the Bills. * John Abraham has sacked the opposing quarterback in two consecutive games. He has totaled 5.5 sacksthis season. * Since Ryan returned from a turf toe injury he has thrown four touchdownsand zero interceptions. * The Falcons offense has had zero turnoversduring their two-game winning streakand the defense has forced six turnovers. * The Falcons have a two-game winning streakover the Bucs dating back to last season. * This season the Bucs are 1-6 at home. * Bucs rookie quarterback Josh Freeman has thrown nine touchdownsand 16 interceptions. The Bucs record with Freeman staring is 3-5. * Curtis Lofton has 129 total tackleson the season ranking him fourth in the NFL, according to * Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas played for the University of South Florida located in Tampa. * Gonzalez,Will Svitek and Bucs defensive tackle Ryan Sims and defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson were all teammates with the Kansas City Chiefs. * Lofton spent time with Bucs guard Davin Joseph at the University of Oklahoma.

SCOUTING REPORT:The Falcons have a date with history against Bucs * FALCONCAST:J. Mike and Matt preview the Falcons-Bucs game * MULTIMEDIA:Video interviews and highlight videos from Falcons-Bucs * J. MIKE'S MISSIVES:More on the Falcons from the Managing Editor * GAMEDAY LIVE:More pregame coverage and ingame features from * GAME CENTER:Stats and more in the Game Center * WHAT TO WATCH:Some key aspects of the game to keep your eye on * NOTES AND NUMBERS:Interesting facts and numbers for Falcons-Bucs * EXPERT'S TAKE:Thoughts on the NFL playoff picture from Clark Judge * TRANSACTIONS:Falcons place Dahl and Houston on injured reserve * TRANSCRIPTS:Smith Monday | Wednesday | Thursday * QUOTABLE:Falcons talk about Bucs in Wednesday open locker room

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