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Falcons Find a Way; Top Buccaneers 28-24


The Falcons easily could have chalked up a loss Sunday in Tampa, but led by a huge Eric Weems 102-yard kickoff return, the Falcons rallied for a 28-24 win over the Bucs.

Matt Ryan threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jenkins as the Falcons rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat the Buccaneers for their sixth straight victory.

Ryan led his sixth fourth-quarter comeback of the season for the NFC South leaders, keeping a 10-play, 67-yard march alive with a 25-yard completion to Roddy White on third-and-20. The Falcons (10-2) also benefited from a couple of costly penalties on the Bucs.

Rookie LeGarrette Blount rushed for 103 yards and fullback Earnest Graham threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to John Gilmore for Tampa Bay (7-5), which fell to 0-5 against teams with winning records.

Josh Freeman drove the Bucs into Falcons territory on the team’s final possession, but Brent Grimes’ interception ended the threat.

Michael Turner had 88 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for the Falcons, who maintained their one-game lead in both the conference and division standings.


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