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Falcons, Buccaneers by the numbers

Atlanta’s 27-21 victory over Tampa Bay.

The Falcons used their big men well on Sunday, averaging 6.6 yards per play with two-or-more tight ends on the field, 2.3 yards per play more than when they used one or fewer tight ends. They also scored all three of their touchdowns with two or more tight ends in the game. ;)

Michael Turner was able to attack the Bucs defensive front regardless of how many defenders were thrown into the box. Against eight or more defenders in the box Turner averaged 4.3 yards per rush and against seven or less he managed 4.6. Entering the day Turner had averaged 3.11 yards per rush against eight or more defenders in the box. ^_^

LeGarrette Blount couldn’t convert on fourth-and-1 on Atlanta’s two-yard-line with 2:44 remaining to effectively seal the win for the Falcons. The Bucs have been successful needing one yard for a first down this season, going 14-for-19 rushing and 3-for-3 on 4th-and-1. Blount was 4-for-5 picking up the first down needing one yard prior to his failed attempt. :P

Josh Freeman wasn’t able to rekindle the fourth quarter magic on Sunday against the Falcons. Freeman entered the game with a 134.9 passer rating and no interceptions against a five-or-more man pass rush in the fourth quarter when the game is within eight points this season. Trailing by six in the fourth, Freeman threw his first interception against a five-or-more man pass rush in a one score, fourth quarter situation and went just 3-for-6 overall in the quarter. :P

Entering the day Mike Williams was second in the NFL in targets, tied for sixth in receptions and fifth in TDs on throws of 15 or more yards. Freeman looked for Williams three times today on throws 15 or more yards, but they were unable to land receptions on any of those plays.


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