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Bucs fall to Falcons in huge NFC South matchup

Bucs fall to Falcons in huge NFC South matchup

Jones, who came in with just one touchdown, caught 12 passes for 253 yards and two scores as the Falcons won their third game in a row, beating the Bucs 34-20.

With 12:36 left in the quarter, Atlanta wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, threw a pitch ideal 51-yard bomb to fellow wide out Julio Jones to score the game's first touchdown.

But Keanu Neal battled down Fitzpatrick's pass on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 18 with just over 7 minutes remaining, and the Falcons drove for a clinching touchdown on Tevin Coleman's 14-yard run with just under 2 minutes to go.

numberFire's models projected Ryan for 20.9 FanDuel points and he slightly underachieved with 16.8 on Sunday.

Ryan was 26 of 35 for 317 yards, while Sanu remained ideal in his career when throwing the ball.

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What could've been a disaster after a fumble by Atlanta running back Terron Ward in the red zone, the Falcons defense picked the ideal time to make a key stop to give the ball back to Ryan and the offense.

Jones had six catches for 138 yards in the first half.

Sunday marked the 38 time in his career that Jones gained more than 100 receiving yards, leaving him one shy of tying Roddy White's record for the most 100-yard games by a receiving in Falcons history. Coleman finished with 97 yards rushing on 19 carries. In addition to QB Jameis Winston (shoulder), the Bucs started the game without DE Robert Ayers (concussion), CB Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring) and G Evan Smith (concussion).

Down 27-6 in the third quarter, the Bucs got two touchdowns and almost a third — down seven points, they went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 18 but threw incomplete with seven minutes left in the fourth. Or in the Falcons case, get to the playoffs in a very competitive NFC.

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