Top Stats to Know: Big win for the Falcons

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Kemal Ishmael's interception return TD was one of eight Atlanta TDs Thursday night.

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 on Thursday night, one of the Falcons' biggest wins in team history and the Bucs' third-biggest loss in their history. Here’s what you need to know about the NFC South rout in Atlanta.

Atlanta’s big win, by the numbers

The Falcons' 56 points were the second-most in a single game in team history, just six shy of the team record set against the New Orleans Saints in 1973. It was also the second-largest margin of victory in team history, behind the 55-point win versus the Saints in that same game. As for the Buccaneers, the 56 points allowed are tied for second-most allowed in team history, while the 42-point loss is tied for third-most in team history.

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Devin Hester passes Prime Time

Devin Hester’s punt-return touchdown in the second quarter was his 20th return for a touchdown in his career, which passed Deion Sanders for most in NFL history. Hester has 14 punt-return touchdowns, five kickoff-return touchdowns and a missed field goal return touchdown. Hester also matched another NFL mark when he got his first career rushing touchdown earlier in the second quarter. He became the second player in NFL history to score a rushing, receiving, kickoff return, punt return and missed field goal return touchdown in his career. He joined Timmy Brown, who played 10 seasons in the NFL, eight with the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown still has one up on Hester though, as Brown also has a passing touchdown to his credit.

Matt Ryan nearly perfect

Matt Ryan was 21-for-24 with three passing touchdowns Thursday night, the 21st game of his career in which he has had at least three passing touchdowns. Ryan was 6-of-8 for 139 yards and a touchdown on passes thrown at least 15 yards downfield Thursday. Ryan has excelled on deep passes in the Falcons' two wins this season while struggling on such throws in their Week 2 loss to Cincinnati. His 19 deep completions this season are nine more than the next closest quarterback (Alex Smith, 10).

Julio Jones at it again

Julio Jones had 161 receiving yards, the second-most in a regular season game in his career. He also had two receiving touchdowns, the sixth multi-touchdown game of his career and the first time he has done that since Week 15 in 2012 against the New York Giants. Jones now has eight straight games with at least six receptions and 75 yards, the longest active streak in the NFL.