Michael Turner ran for 172 yards and two 24 victory.

The outcome, coupled with the Lions' loss to the Packers earlier Sunday, means Atlanta avoided a first-round matchup against the New Orleans Saints and will play the winner of the NFC East -- either the Giants or Cowboys, depending on their winner-take-all showdown Sunday night.

The Falcons (10-6) were crushed by the Saints Monday night, 45-16, and took out their frustrations in a one-sided regular season finale.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan played less than two quarters and completed 6-of-9 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, both to Julio Jones.

Josh Freeman ended a disappointing season on a sour note, committing four turnovers to increase his season total to 27. The third-year quarterback had just nine turnovers in a 10-win campaign in 2010, but Tampa Bay (4-12) ended this season on a 10-game losing streak, its longest skid since 1977.