Buccaneers vs. Falcons: 5 Things We Learned in Atlanta's 45-24 Win

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Buccaneers vs. Falcons: 5 Things We Learned in Atlanta's 45-24 Win
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If the Falcons had left in their starters for all four quarters against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the score very well may have been 80-7 at the end. That's how ridiculous the first half was for Atlanta.

They wasted no time coming out of the gates, going straight to work on the ground game. Jacquizz Rodgers capped off the opening drive with his first rushing touchdown in the NFL, opening the floodgates to an abundance of scoring.

The second half, however, was far less entertaining.

The Falcons began to sit some of their starters, notably Matt Ryan, and put cruise control on for the remainder of the contest. Dunta Robinson managed to provided some fireworks towards the end, though, as he was involved in a skirmish with a few Tampa players.

Overall, it was exactly the kind of game Atlanta wanted. They came out and blew the doors off Tampa. Everything went smoothly for Ryan and his offense, who now enter the playoffs with the fifth seed in the NFC.

So from the last game of this year's regular season, what did we learn? 

 

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