QB Jameis Winston: The rookie not only completed 18 of 27 passes for 227 yards, he threw the game-winning touchdown pass and rushed for another score. On the decisive 12-play, 80-yard drive, Winston rushed for 20 yards on a third-and-19, bouncing off two tacklers to get the first down to keep the drive alive. That play energized the Bucs and seemed to take something out of the Falcons. Four plays later, the Bucs had the go-ahead score with 1:39 left.
DE Will Gholston: Gholston, who normally plays only on run downs, had two sacks, the first multisack game of his career. With the team thin on the defensive line, Gholston played more and did not falter.
LB Lavonte David: David made a game-high 11 tackles, including two for losses, and added one pass breakup and the game-winning interception. He was all over the field and again is playing like an All-Pro linebacker.
RT Demar Dotson: Dotson was rusty in his first game of the season after starting the year on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury. His illegal-formation penalty in the first quarter was a mental mistake in which he didn't get close enough to the guard. His holding penalty in the fourth took away a 28-yard run to the 6 by Doug Martin, although the team would go on to score anyway.
CB Jude Adjei-Barimah: He was playing well, with four tackles, but suffered an elbow injury in the third quarter and did not return.
LB Danny Lansanah: Lansanah had two tackles on Sunday and isn't making the splash plays he made last season. Part of the reason is the Bucs are taking him out on third downs when the opposition goes to its passing packages. Lansanah's role could increase, depending on what happens with Kwon Alexander's appeal of his suspension.