Atlanta Falcons 50: Julio Jones Top 5 Performances – #4


Today, we continue our Falcons 50 countdown with our mini-series written by staff writer Eric Robinson. Yesterday, Eric gave us No. 5. Today, we move onto Julio Jones’ fourth best game.

You can find the full list of “Falcons 50” posts here.

September 18, 2014 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 9 catches, 161 yards, 2 TDs

What originally started off as an early season divisional test, got out of hand early as the Atlanta Falcons handed the Buccaneers a humiliating loss on primetime national television, 56-14.

Of course, Julio Jones made contributions to that loss to the tune of nine catches, 161 yards, and 2 TDs, one of which was an over the shoulder beauty as he fell to the turf and out of bounds.

Outside of the lopsided score, the headlines were for the most part led by WR Devin Hester and his record setting punt return TD.

However, Mr. Jones could not be denied on this day as well.

On the over the shoulder catch, Jones held concentration as he turned toward the sidelines, placed his eyes over his left shoulder then suddenly refocused over his right shoulder as the ball fell into his arms.

Jones juggled the ball a little and fell into the end zone while getting two feet down in the process to complete the 40-yard touchdown pass. Jones’s first score of the game came with a little over three minutes left in the first quarter with an eight-yard touchdown to put the Falcons up 14-0.

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Some pregame talk was focused on Bucs head coach Lovie Smith and his Tampa 2 defense and how the Falcons could attack it.

Jones was covered for a good portion of the game by Bucs free agent acquisition CB Alterraun Verner. The fact that the Falcons played the entire game without Roddy White and former Falcon Harry Douglas (who went down with an injury in the first half) makes Julio’s performance that much more impactful.

This game in particular once again gave Julio Jones the national spotlight to showcase his talents and give notice to the rest of the league. Jones’ 161 yards was the second of his seven 100-yard games during the 2014 season as the season as a whole turned out to be a career year for Jones.

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