Falcons hold off Buccaneers on MNF

Doug Martin a surprise inactive for the Buccaneers on Monday night

The defending NFC champion Falcons (9-5) would win the division title if they defeat the New Orleans Saints (10-4) on Sunday and the Carolina Panthers (10-4) on December 31. It wasn't pretty, as two fumbles would attest, but it was needed to beat Tampa Bay.

Following their 24-21win against the Buccaneers on Monday night, the Falcons need just one more victory to earn a playoff berth for the second straight season.

Winston completed 27 of 35 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns in his most efficient effort of the season. Julio Jones has three catches for 54 yards.

Nothing really seemed to work for Atlanta, except when the ball was given to running back Devonta Freeman. In 11 previous games against the Bucs, Jones has 80 receptions for 1,359 yards and 10 touchdowns. Howard had a 30-yard touchdown catch before leaving.

NOTES: The Bucs played without DT Gerald McCoy (biceps), LB Lavonte David (hamstring) and CB Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring).

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The Bucs then lost tight ends Cameron Brate (knee) and O.J. Howard (ankle), guard J.R. Sweezy (ankle), and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (ankle) in the first half.

Safety Justin Evans (ankle) is among those questionable to return. The losing has placed Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter's job status in question, but Koetter and quarterback Jameis Winston are trying to close out the season with wins, which could save Koetter's job. At times, the play-calling was confusing and unsuccessful.

His biggest play came in the fourth quarter when he broke away for a long rushing touchdown.

Even Ryan got into the act against the decimated Bucs, with 29 yards on three rushes, as the Falcons ran for a season-high 201 yards on Monday.

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