How to handle Falcons WR vs. Buccaneers

Beth Cruz
November 27, 2017

Ryan extended his streak with at least one touchdown to 30 games on his connection with Jones in the second quarter that helped put the Falcons up 20-6 at halftime.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones entered Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 54 receptions in the 2017 National Football League season, but only one of them had resulted in a touchdown. The Bucs got the ball first and made quick work of getting the game's first score on a Patrick Murray 36-yard field goal.

What could've been a disaster after a fumble by Atlanta running back Terron Ward in the red zone, the Falcons defense picked the flawless time to make a key stop to give the ball back to Ryan and the offense. But Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan didn't throw it.

Julio Jones reminds us all he's not human

Through his first 90 games, Jones has caught more passes (563) and gained more yards (8,649) than any other player in National Football League history, breaking Lance Alworth's record for receiving yards and Anquan Boldin's record for receptions. But Keanu Neal battled down Fitzpatrick's pass on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 18 with just over seven minutes remaining, and the Falcons drove for a clinching touchdown on Tevin Coleman's 14-yard run with just under two minutes to go. Tampa Bay will try to get revenge in Week 15.

"We tried rolling the coverage to him". He had a 3-yard scoring run in the third quarter, staking the Falcons to a seemingly comfortable lead in the first of three straight home games for the defending NFC champions. Coleman finished with 97 yards rushing on 19 carries. He caught a pair of touchdown passes, one of which came on a bobbled deep ball from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in the wildcat formation. A lost fumble by Terron Ward and 75- and 80-yard subsequent touchdown drives served as a reminder Atlanta's "D" has work to do. The play almost got derailed when Sanu bobbled the ball faking a handoff to Coleman, but he managed to snag it out of the air and deliver a ideal throw down the middle of the field.

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