The Falcons finished up this season with a impressive effort yesterday in Tampa. Matt Ryan was solid in this game completing 23 of 35 passes for 223 yards with 2 TD passes and 2 INTs. Jason Snelling had by far the best game of his NFL career yesterday with 25 carries for 147 yards (5.9 ypc) and he also caught 3 passes for 21 yards. Jerious Norwood pitched in with 9 carries for 27 yards (3.0 ypc) and he also caught 4 passes for 23 yards (5.8 avg). WR Roddy White (6 rec, 66 yards, TD) and TE Justin Peelle (3 rec, 38 yards, TD) led the way in the passing game for the Falcons yesterday. The Falcons finished up with 397 total yards on offense in this game (183 rushing, 214 passing).
LB Stephen Nicolas (7 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 QB hit) and safety Erik Coleman (7 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) led the way for the Falcons on D yesterday. CBs Chris Owens (5 tackles, 1 pass defensed, 1 INT) and Brent Grimes (2 tackles, 3 passes defensed and 1 INT) also pitched in with big plays for the Falcons yesterday. The Bucs finished up with only 206 total yards (38 rushing, 168 passing) in this game. The Falcons finished the season with a 9-7 record which gave them back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.