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NFL Week 18 Game Recap: Atlanta Falcons 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (4) escapes pressure to pass downfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

In the final week of the regular season, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 30-17. The result brings the Falcons’ final record to 7-10, while the Bucs NFC South champion Buccaneers drop to 8-9.

Offensive spotlight: Falcons rookie wide receiver Drake London earned an 88.1 PFF grade on first review. He hauled in six of his eight targets for 120 yards. 

Defensive spotlight: Bucs defensive tackle Akiem Hicks graded above 70.0 both as a pass-rusher and as a run defender. He recorded one pressure and one sack on the day.

Rookie spotlight: Falcons rookie running back Tyler Allgeier finished the day with 135 rushing yards on 24 carries as the feature back. He earned a 69.2 rushing grade with six missed tackles forced and five explosive runs of 10 yards or more. 

Offensive line spotlight: Falcons offensive tackle Jake Matthews was the top-graded offensive lineman in this one, finishing the game with an initial 79.3 overall grade. Per PFF's first-run analysis, he recorded an 89.9 pass-blocking grade, allowing zero sacks and zero pressures.

Box Score

Passing
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Tom Brady 7.4 13 / 17 84 4.9 1 0 0 106.0
Blaine Gabbert 5.2 6 / 8 29 3.6 1 0 0 119.3
Kyle Trask 0.9 3 / 9 23 2.6 0 0 0 42.4
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Desmond Ridder 16.9 19 / 30 224 7.5 2 0 2 108.2
Rushing
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Deven Thompkins 8.2 1 17 17.0 0 17 0
Ke'Shawn Vaughn 5.4 8 26 3.2 0 12 0
Giovani Bernard 4.7 7 28 4.0 0 8 0
Rachaad White 1.5 4 15 3.8 0 6 0
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Desmond Ridder 16.9 2 9 4.5 0 8 1
Tyler Allgeier 16.5 24 135 5.6 0 28 0
Cordarrelle Patterson 9.9 5 18 3.6 1 8 0
Avery Williams 1.2 4 12 3.0 0 14 0
Receiving
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Russell Gage 10.5 6 3 15 2.5 1 7
Chris Godwin 10.5 7 6 55 7.9 0 17
Deven Thompkins 8.2 9 4 25 2.8 0 13
Kyle Rudolph 7.8 1 1 8 8.0 1 8
Ke'Shawn Vaughn 5.4 2 2 8 4.0 0 8
Giovani Bernard 4.7 2 2 -1 -0.5 0 6
Breshad Perriman 1.9 2 1 9 4.5 0 9
Scotty Miller 1.8 2 1 8 4.0 0 8
Cade Otton 1.5 1 1 5 5.0 0 5
Leonard Fournette 1.4 1 1 4 4.0 0 4
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Drake London 21.0 8 6 120 15.0 0 40
Olamide Zaccheaus 13.7 7 4 37 5.3 1 17
MyCole Pruitt 12.4 5 3 34 6.8 1 29
Cordarrelle Patterson 9.9 3 2 1 0.3 0 4
Frank Darby 2.5 1 1 15 15.0 0 15
Anthony Firkser 2.1 1 1 11 11.0 0 11
Parker Hesse 1.6 1 1 6 6.0 0 6
Damiere Byrd 1.0 1 1 0 0.0 0 0
Josh Ali 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

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