Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tale of the tape

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Nov 9, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) points and calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons hit the road to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13. How do the teams match up?

This is a make or break game for both the Atlanta Falcons (6-5) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6). Both teams are still in the NFC playoff hunt, but the difference between winning or losing in this game could be the difference between playing in the postseason or sitting at home.

A win for the Falcons would likely rule out the Bucs. They would slip two games behind the Falcons with four games to play, and it would become incredibly difficult to overtake so many teams in front of them with such little time left.

A loss for the Falcons would be similarly damaging. They would fall behind the Buccaneers due to the head-to-head tiebreaker, and could fall even further behind the Seahawks if they were to beat the Vikings. This game could be the last chance for both teams. Here’s how they stack up.

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