While Dunta Robinson is the much more highly paid and widely recognized cornerback in Atlanta, the team's other starting corner, Brent Grimes, looked like the Falcons' best corner Sunday in their win over the Buccaneers.
Grimes made seven tackles, broke up six passes and had the game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter as the Buccaneers tried to forge a comeback after blowing a 10-point lead.
He appeared to have an interception in the third quarter, but Tampa Bay challenged the ruling on the field and it was ruled an incomplete pass after the officials reviewed the play.
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If they haven't figured it out already — and it appears as though at least some of them are catching on — quarterbacks should realize that targeting Grimes instead of Robinson may not be the most effective strategy.
Freeman had 38 pass attempts Sunday, and 14 of his throws were directed toward Grimes. He completed only two of those 14 passes, though, for 26 yards and no touchdowns.
At 5-10, Grimes doesn't have great size, but he's considered one of the top athletes on the team and he knows how to be physical without drawing pass-interference penalties. One of his bigger plays of the game came when he was covering rookie WR Mike Williams, who has emerged as one of the better young receivers in the league this season.
Freeman threw a jump ball to the corner of the endzone with Grimes matched up one-on-one against Williams, but Grimes, who was giving up about three inches to Williams, denied him, knocking the ball down and preventing a touchdown.
Freeman took out some of his frustration on Grimes' game-sealing pick — after a 33-yard return by Grimes, the referees flagged Freeman for a personal foul when he put a hard hit on Grimes as he stepped out of bounds.