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Rapid Reaction: Falcons 13, Buccaneers 10

12/14/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

ATLANTA -- For the last few weeks, Atlanta coach Mike Smith has been talking a lot about the "Over Club." That's the small group of veteran players the Falcons turn to for leadership.

On Sunday, we found out who the president of that club is in Atlanta's overtime victory against Tampa Bay.

It's John Abraham.

The 30-year-old defensive end might have been the player most responsible for keeping Atlanta's playoff hopes burning bright. Abraham recorded three sacks and two of them came at crucial times. One came near the end of regulation and helped make sure the Bucs had to settle for a field goal and not score a touchdown.

The other came on the final play of Tampa Bay's possession to start overtime. That helped give the Falcons good field position and helped set up Jason Elam's game-winning field goal.

Abraham, who the Falcons have tried to keep rested by limiting his snaps, now has 15.5 sacks for the season. That's a career best, eclipsing his 13 sacks he had with the New York Jets in 2001.