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Bucs best in NFC? Falcons beg to differ after win

ATLANTA -- Michael Turner scored two early touchdowns, and the Falcons held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a gutty goal-line stand, taking over sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a 27-21 victory Sunday.

Turner rushed 24 times for 107 yards, including scoring plays of 2 and 10 yards that gave Atlanta (6-2) an early 14-0 lead. The Falcons were hanging on at the end against the Bucs (5-3), whose coach, Raheem Morris, had proclaimed his team the best in the NFC.

Not on this day. Tampa Bay had fourth-and-1 from the Atlanta 2 with less than 3 minutes remaining, but LeGarrette Blount was stuffed by Thomas DeCoud on a run over right tackle. Turner picked up the necessary first down to run out the clock on the Falcons' fourth consecutive victory over the Bucs.

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