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The Atlanta Falcons ended their five-game losing streak by coming off their bye week with a tough approach up front.
Coach Mike Smith gave more help to Atlanta's offensive line, which has had four starters suffer season-ending injuries. Tackle Gabe Carimi started at tight end in the "jumbo" formation, adding more muscle to the offensive front and more punch to a running attack that has struggled most of the season.
Steven Jackson ran for a season-high 81 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-17 win at Tampa Bay. The win provided relief from the losing streak that prompted questions about Smith's job security.
Smith says "there was a line drawn in the sand" with an emphasis on winning the line of scrimmage.
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