DEVONTA FREEMAN ran all around the Buccaneers to maintain the Falcons on track for a Tremendous Bowl return.
Freeman had 194 yards from scrimmage – speeding for 126 on 22 carries and catching 5 passes for a team-high 68 yards in a 24-21 win.
The defending NFC champions path division rivals New Orleans and Carolina by one recreation with two weeks remaining within the common season.
But when the Falcons (9-5) beat the Saints (10-Four) and Panthers (10-Four), they win the NFC South once more.
One victory within the remaining two video games ensures Atlanta a wild card play-off berth.
“We’re proper the place we should be at this level of the season,” quarterback Matt Ryan stated.
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“We have to discover a solution to get again to work this week, attempt to enhance and ensure we play one of the best we’re able to taking part in this Sunday.”
“That is actually all our focus must be about,” he added. “If we’re fearful about anything then you definitely’re not as locked in as you should be.”
Ryan threw for 212 yards, a landing and no interceptions.
Freeman’s 32-yard TD run gave Atlanta a 10-point lead that the defence practically let slip away over the ultimate eight minutes.
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The 5-foot-6, 206-pound running back kept pounding away at the Bucs defence until finally finding his way into the open field, darting through a gaping hole on the right side before cutting back to elude the only defender with a shot at tackling him on his way to the end zone.
“We had a sense this would be a big night for him. We talked about that before the game,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said.
“We thought he would have his opportunities. If he could get to the next level and to a linebacker or safety or corner, make sure he had a plan how he wanted to finish.”