James Wilder ran for one touchdown and surpassed the 2,000-yard total offense mark for the season today to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 23-6 defeat of Atlanta for the Falcons' ninth straight loss.
Tampa Bay (5-10) ended a three-game losing streak. Atlanta is 3-12.
Wilder scored on a one-yard dive and carried 28 times for 125 yards.
He became only the 10th player in NFL history to pass the 2,000-yard mark in total offense in a season.
"When you give 110 percent," said Wilder, who has 2,066 yards this season -- 1,441 rushing and 625 yards on pass receptions., "then good things happen."
Quarterback Steve DeBerg scrambled two yards for Tampa Bay's other touchdown, and Obed Ariri kicked three field goals.
Mick Luckhurst scored all of Atlanta's points with field goals of 33 and 49 yards.
The Buccaneers took the opening kickoff 46 yards, and finished the drive with Ariri's 30-yard field goal to make it 3-0. They made it 10-0 on DeBerg's touchdown run around right end.
The 16-play, 94-yard drive was highlighted by completions of 15 yards to Wilder, 18 to Jerry Bell and 19 to Theo Bell.
Luckhurst kicked two field goals to cut Atlanta's deficit to 10-6, but Tampa Bay regained control on an eight-play, 54-yard drive that led to Ariri's 36-yard field goal nine seconds before the half.
The crowd of 33,808 was the smallest in Buccaneers' history.