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Thursday, December 27, 2012
NFL Capsule-Buccaneers at Falcons

Associated Press

TAMPA BAY (6-9) At ATLANTA (13-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE -- OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Tampa Bay 6-6-2; Atlanta 9-5-1

SERIES RECORD -- Tied 19-19

AP PRO32 RANKING -- Buccaneers No. 22; Falcons No. 2

LAST MEETING -- Falcons beat Buccaneers 24-23, Nov. 25

LAST WEEK -- Buccaneers lost to Rams 28-13; Falcons beat Lions 31-18

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (10), RUSH (16), PASS (9)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (29), RUSH (1), PASS (32)

FALCONS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (7), RUSH (28), PASS (5)

FALCONS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (23), RUSH (20T), PASS (23)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- In last game between teams at Georgia Dome on Jan. 1, 2012, Falcons scored 42 first-half points in 45-24 win as Michael Turner had 172 yards rushing with two TDs. ... Falcons clinched home-field advantage through NFC playoffs in last week's win over Lions. ... Buccaneers, who have lost five straight, had five turnovers in each of last two losses. ... Josh Freeman has thrown eight interceptions in past two weeks. He threw three interceptions previous eight games. ... Freeman needs 157 yards to become franchise's first 4,000-yard passer. ... Vincent Jackson needs 69 yards to break Mark Carrier's franchise record of 1,422 yards receiving in season. ... Rookie Doug Martin third in NFL with 1,766 scrimmage yards (1,312 rush, 454 receiving), a Bucs rookie record. Martin tied for lead among NFC rookies with 10 rushing TDs. ... Safety Ronde Barber, who had interception in last game against Falcons, is only player in NFL with more than 25 sacks (28) and 40 interceptions (47). ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan's 56 wins in first five seasons are most in NFL history. He has best home record in Super Bowl era at 33-4 (.892) and trying for 12th straight home win. ... WR Roddy White has sixth straight 1,000-yard season. White's 558 receptions since 2007 lead NFC. ... Thomas DeCoud second among NFL safeties with six interceptions. ... TE Tony Gonzalez, named to 13th Pro Bowl team, needs two catches to reach 90 for fifth time in career. ... DE John Abraham has 14½ sacks in last 18 games.

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