Rapid Reaction: Falcons 28, Buccaneers 24

December, 5, 2010
12/05/10
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TAMPA, Fla. -- A quick reaction on the Atlanta Falcons' 28-24 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

What it means: The Falcons won their sixth straight game and have won 10 of their last 11. They’re 10-2 and still in sole possession of first place in the NFC South. So much for the myth that the Falcons can’t win on the road against a good team. For the Bucs, it was another strong performance by a team clearly on the rise. But it also was further proof that the Bucs still aren’t quite there with the big boys. They’re 7-5 and the loss could hurt their playoff chances.

Hero: Brent Grimes. The Atlanta cornerback, who a lot of people thought was too short to succeed in the NFL, continues to have a great season. Grimes picked off Josh Freeman on the first play after the two minute warning to seal the victory for the Falcons.

What I liked: Other divisions get much more hype. But I’ll take this game between the Falcons and Bucs or the one they played in the Georgia Dome earlier in the season any day. This wasn’t flawless football. But it was a great game to watch -- hard fought and close all the way.

What’s next: The Bucs travel to Washington next Sunday. Dig out those old stats about the Bucs playing in cold weather. The Falcons get their second bye of the season. They travel to Carolina to play the Panthers.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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