RoJo's role shifts from cameo to clutch
Seemingly destined for a bit part Sunday in his first appearance in three games, tailback Ronald Jones found his role beefed up when the Falcons stormed back. Jones, out since fracturing his left pinkie finger in a Dec. 13 home win against the Vikings, didn't start and had only three early carries for 32 yards before exiting in the first half. But when Atlanta kept hanging around, so did Jones, who added 46 yards on nine carries after halftime, scoring on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.

"I'm very impressed by it, man," said receiver Chris Godwin, who endured a similar injury (broken left index finger) earlier in the season. "RoJo is another guy that loves the game of football, and I think you guys have seen it all season - he runs so, so hard. ... Having had a similar injury and knowing kind of the pain you're going to deal with that, I think he did a really, really good job of running hard but also protecting the ball, and I'm really proud of him."

Brown gets his bonus
Among the incentives in the modest one-year contract receiver Antonio Brown signed in October was a $250,000 bonus for totaling 45 catches.

He earned it in the fourth quarter, when he caught seven of his 11 passes to give him 45 on the nose. The final three occurred in succession (catches of 3, 6 and 2 yards) on Tampa Bay's last drive, when it already led 44-27.

Odds and ends
Over his last eight quarters, Tom Brady has thrown for 1,067 yards, most in an eight-quarter span by any quarterback in the last 30 years, according to the Bucs. Brady finished the regular season with 4,633 yards, second-most in franchise history behind Jameis Winston's 5,109 in 2019. ... Brady finished with a 102.2 passer rating for the season, highest in Bucs history (minimum 224 attempts). ... With two more receiving touchdowns Sunday, Brown now has 79 for his career, tied for 30th-most in NFL history. ... The 1,289 rushing yards allowed by the Bucs defense are the second-fewest surrendered in a 16-game season in franchise history. Last year's defense gave up 1,181.

Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times, published 4 January 2021