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Ryan throws 3 TD passes as Falcons beat winless Buccaneers 31-23 to end 3-game losing streak

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    Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) celebrates his touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (The Associated Press)

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) misses a catch in the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano reacts to play against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, right, celebrates his touchdown pass with Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT (The Associated Press)

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (The Associated Press)

Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Jacquizz Rodgers, and the Atlanta Falcons held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 on Sunday to end their three-game losing streak.

Harry Douglas had seven receptions for a career-best 149 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown catch, for the Falcons (2-4). Douglas flourished as Ryan's No. 1 receiver with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White inactive for the first time in his nine-year career due to hamstring and ankle injuries.

Falcons safety William Moore sacked Mike Glennon to force a fumble on Tampa Bay's first possession. Safety Thomas DeCoud returned the fumble recovery 30 yards for a touchdown.

The Buccaneers (0-6) controlled the ball in the fourth quarter but managed only two field goals by Rian Lindell.

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