Falcons beat Bucs behind Jones' 253 reception yards

Rachel Hardy
November 27, 2017

Julio Jones hauled in 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns in one of the best games of his career, leading the Atlanta Falcons past Tampa Bay 34-20 Sunday for their third straight victory.

Now winners of three straight, the Falcons come into a pivotal stretch against the Vikings and Saints at home-games that will nearly certainly decide their playoff life.

Falcons cornerbacks Brian Poole (lower back) and Desmond Trufant (concussion) were knocked out of the game against Tampa Bay in the second quarter on Sunday. 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. Matt Ryan threw a 25-yard touchdown to him on the next drive for a 17-3 lead, and Atlanta led 20-6 at halftime.

The Bucs drove to the Falcons 19 after a 37-yard return by Brett Grimes following a fumble by Terron Ward killed a long drive, but safety Keanu Neal knocked away a fourth-and-1 pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick with seven minutes remaining.

Coleman, filling in for again for injured Devonta Freeman, rushed for 97 yards and two TDs.

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The Falcons opened the third quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman to extend their score to 27-6 However, The Bucs did respond with a touchdown of their own from Peyton Barber.

While a win against the Seahawks last Monday night was enormous, losing to Tampa Bay could be that much more detrimental.

Sanu's bomb to Jones out of the wildcat formation early in the second quarter to break a 3-3 tie was the six-year veteran's third National Football League touchdown pass. Sanu botched a fake handoff to Tevin Coleman, but regained control of the ball and hit Jones in the end zone.

"We're just having fun", Sanu said.

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