The Falcons now stand at 3-8 for the season following a 35-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) on Sunday.
Atlanta was coming off two divisional wins since their bye week and came into the game with all the momentum. The Falcons got off to a strong start, but Tampa Bay's defense came more than prepared holding the Falcons to 337 yards on offense and 57 yards on the ground.
Here are the main takeaways from the Falcons-Buccaneers game:
Julio Jones passes Calvin Johnson on all-time receivers list
After Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones for a 31-yard reception, that is when the ninth-year receiver passed Calvin Johnson the all-time wide receivers list. Jones only needed seven yards to pass Johnson as he came into the game with 11,613 yards. Through 10 games played, Jones totaled 59 catches for 882 yards and four touchdowns.
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Desmond Trufant on loss to Buccaneers
Prior to Sunday's game, the Falcons did not surrender a touchdown in 10 quarters. Following Chris Godwin's 71-yard touchdown catch, the Falcons defensive streak ended and spent the remainder of the game trailing Tampa Bay. Following the game, Desmond Trufant addressed the media saying, "I think we just didn't make the plays we've usually been making." In the game, Trufant caught the first interception thrown by Winston, which was his fourth of the season.
For more coverage on Desmond Trufant's quotes following the loss to the Buccaneers, click here.
Matt Ryan sacked a season-high six times
Heading into the game, the Falcons offensive line only allowed four sacks in their previous wins against the Saints and Panthers. Despite being sacked six times in the game, Matt Ryan finished with 271 yards passing, completed 23 of his 46 passes and threw an interception. After the game, Ryan discussed the game saying,"They did an excellent job today getting after us. We weren't able to kind of get into any rhythm. We had some opportunities, too. We had our chances early in that game to make it a different type of game. We weren't able to do that."
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Tabeek: For all intents and purposes, the Falcons' season is over
With only five games left on the schedule, the Falcons chances of playoff hopes have ended following the loss to Tampa Bay. The Falcons had a great sense of hope after knocking off two division foes following their bye week. After the loss to the Buccaneers, Atlanta's chances to a winning record has tumbled and there are still questions that need to be answered on this 3-8 Falcons team.
To read Matt Tabeek's column on the Falcons season, click here.
Other notable performances:
- Wide receiver Calvin Ridley led the receiving corps in yards after reeling in six catches for 85 yards.
- Damontae Kazee, Deion Jones and Ricardo Allen led the defense in tackles as he racked up nine total.
- De'Vondre Campbell was the second leader in tackles with eight total. Campbell also had an interception in the game, which is his second pick of the season.
- Desmond Trufant came away with three tackles and one pick in the game. Trufant now has four interceptions for the season.
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