His three sacks against Tampa Bay lifted him to 15.5 this season, topping his previous best single-season mark of 13.
That 13-sack season was followed by Abraham's first trip to the Pro Bowl. However, he wasn't selected Tuesday for this year's postseason all-star game.
"He's a great player, particularly on this surface in that noise," Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said. "We sent help there several times, but there are some situations in which you have got to let some people out. He made some big plays in some tough situations. That's a credit to him."
The Falcons have cut Abraham's playing time all season, with the hopes of keeping him fresh at the end of games and hopefully at the end of the season.
Coach Mike Smith's "less is more" Abraham plan appears to be paying dividends.
Abraham, who rushes primarily from the right end but will also flip over to the left side, used an assortment of moves to get his three sacks against the Bucs.
In recent weeks, Abraham was using his speed rush outside almost exclusively and was coming up a little short.
Against the Bucs, he used a bull rush, where he just took Tampa Bay tackle Donald Penn back and threw him into quarterback Brian Griese for his first sack. On his second sack, Abraham used an up-and-under move, where he got underneath Penn's arm and ended up crawling to Griese and dropping him for an 11-yard loss.
"When he swiped the guy's hands and then crawled, I don't know of an offensive technique to block that move," Falcons tackle Tyson Clabo said. "I've never seen that move before. I'm glad he's a Falcon."
In overtime, he moved over to left end and just scooted on by Jeremy Trueblood and walloped Griese for a 13-yard loss.
The showing illustrated that Abraham is capable of dominating a game from his end position.
"I was so beat up before the game, I was like, ‘I probably won't play well,'" Abraham said. "I've got so many bumps and bruises just from the season. The more I played, the more passion that came out."
One more sack and Abraham will have the season record for the Falcons, passing Joel Williams and his 16 sacks in 1980.