First place in NFC South on the line in Atlanta

Josh Freeman has eight TDs this year.

(Ed Zurga / Associated Press)

The storyline
Who would have thought these two teams would be trying to keep the world champion Saints from their perch atop the NFC South, if not out of the playoffs entirely?

Why you should watch
Matt Ryan has been unstoppable at home, and Josh Freeman has won five consecutive road starts. The Bucs haven't been at their best against quality opponents and will need games like this if they are to compile a playoff resume.

Did you know?
Six of Freeman's eight career victories have been fourth-quarter comebacks. ... Tampa Bay's Mike Williams leads all rookie receivers with 32 catches. ... Falcons running back Michael Turner has the second-most touchdowns in the NFL since 2008 (30). ... Atlanta's Chauncey Davis has nine career sacks against the Bucs.

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