If last week's game was critical for the playoff race, this week's game is essentially a do-or-die for both teams involved.
If the Falcons lose again, they'll be down to .500 after a 5-0 start, will have no tiebreaker over the Buccaneers and will thus be behind them in both the NFC South and the NFC playoff race, and probably haven't a prayer at digging out and catching Tampa Bay or Seattle with two games left against the Panthers. The Buccaneers would slip to 5-7 with a loss, meanwhile, putting them two full games behind Atlanta and basically ensuring they'll miss the playoffs if they can't manage a 4-0 run to end the season. Even then, they'll need some luck.
For Atlanta, this is also a chance at revenge after they lost a heartbreaking overtime game to Tampa Bay earlier this year. The two teams have gone in largely opposite directions since, with Tampa Bay moving toward competency while the Falcons faded badly. A win here would be a morale booster for the Falcons, it would keep them at least somewhat relevant, and it would give them something to build on with those aforementioned Carolina games looming.
Here's what you need to know to watch the game Sunday.
Falcons-Buccaneers game info
Game time: Sunday, December 6, 1 p.m. EST
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
TV Channel: FOX
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Wes Durham and Dave Archer)
Listen Live: Caleb Rutherford takes you through the game with live commentary!
Online Stream: Can't give you any legal, live streams, but NFL Gamepass offers a live audio stream of the Wes Durham and Dave Archer call, and is your best option for watching the games afterwards. DirecTV also has NFL Sunday Ticket, which is worth checking out..
Announcers: Dick Stockton, David Diehl, Kristina Pink
Injury Report: We don't expect Leonard Hankerson to play, and Chris Chester is looking doubtful. We'll know more later today.
Prediction: Falcons win 27-21
Opposition: Bucs Nation