the Falcons set a team record with 42 first-half points, including two touchdown runs by Turner, and Atlanta cruised to a 45-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday to clinch the No. 5 seed.
Julio Jones caught two touchdown passes in a span of 26 seconds in the first quarter as the Falcons gave the Buccaneers their 10th straight loss.
“We didn’t want to come down to the wire, backing into the playoffs,” Turner said.
The Falcons led 42-0 when they began resting some starters, including quarterback Matt Ryan and Turner, late in the first half.
The Falcons will go on the road in the first round of the Playoffs to face the New York Giants on Sunday, January 8 at 1 ET.
For Tampa Bay, Josh Freeman threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the first half as the Buccaneers (4-12) closed their season with their 10th straight loss, leaving the status of coach Raheem Morris in doubt.
“If I was in the business of working out my future, I wouldn’t be coaching,” Morris said. “I’m going to go to work tomorrow until they tell me to stop.”