Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Full game preview

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Nov 9, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks out to the field before the Atlanta Falcons beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-17 at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons kickoff a three-game road stretch on the road to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here’s everything you need to know.

For the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this is a must-win game. The playoff race is well and truly on, and the team that performs better in December will claim an NFC wild-card berth. Both the Falcons (6-5) and Buccaneers (5-6) are in the mix, but can’t afford to drop this game.

When these two teams met in Atlanta back in Week 8, it was Tampa Bay who walked out triumphant with an overtime victory. The Falcons turned the ball over four times in that game, twice inside the red zone, which made it very difficult.

They were able to rally late in the game and force overtime, but the Bucs had the last laugh with a walk-off field goal to win. The Falcons have a shot to make amends this week. Let’s take a deeper look at the game.

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