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Refocused: Atlanta Falcons 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21

RB Devonta Freeman was the workhorse of the Atlanta offense, rushing 22 times for 126 yards and a touchdown and also adding 68 yards through the air.
He was the team’s leading rusher and receiver, although he did fumble twice.
Top 5 Grades: Performances of note: Ryan wasn’t pressured much in this one, but the few times he did face pressure he struggled, completing just one of his six attempts for 27 yards.
The Falcons quarterback was efficient throwing the ball short, though, and on top of that he picked up 29 rushing yards on a few timely scrambles in the second half and he kept the ball out of trouble.
Matthews allowed two pressures (both hurries) on 38 pass-blocking snaps and he was absolutely superb as a run blocker, finishing the night with an elite 94.7 run-blocking grade.
Coming off his best game of the season a week ago against the Saints, Jones put in another solid effort Monday night.
Top 5 Grades: Performances of note: Winston played perhaps his best game of the season, throwing for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Evans’ production has dropped off since a career season a year ago, catching 60 passes on 111 targets with five touchdowns on the year.
Conte had a solid night in coverage, allowing zero catches into his coverage on three targets to go with one pass breakup, and he also recorded a stop against the Falcons.
McClain was on the field for 29 coverage snaps against the Falcons on Monday night, and he allowed just one catch on three targets for eight yards.

Dec 18, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons survived a late comeback attempt by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning 24-21 after the Bucs’ K Patrick Murray missed the game-tying field goal attempt as time expired.

QB Jameis Winston had an efficient statistical game, as he went 27-of-35 for 299 yards and three touchdowns. He fumbled once but the Buccaneers recovered. WR Mike Evans was called for two offensive pass interference penalties, but he also hauled in five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

QB Matt Ryan was 17-of-31 for 212 yards and threw a touchdown pass that went to WR Justin Hardy. RB Devonta Freeman was the workhorse of the Atlanta offense, rushing 22 times for 126 yards and a touchdown and also adding 68 yards through the air. He was the team’s leading rusher and receiver, although he did fumble twice.

With that, we give you our PFF-exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.

Top 5 Grades:

Performances of note:

Ryan wasn’t pressured much in this one, but the few times he did face pressure he struggled, completing just one of his six attempts for 27 yards. Ryan also didn’t have a ton of success throwing the ball down field, connecting on just 4-of-12 targets for 87 yards on balls that traveled 10 or more yards in the air. The Falcons quarterback was efficient throwing the ball short, though, and on top of that he picked up 29 rushing yards on a few timely scrambles in the second half and he kept the ball out of trouble. Not the greatest game from a guy who can put up huge numbers, but overall an effective one.

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