Updated: Sep 18, 2019
The Falcons WR was clocked at 20 mph on his game-winning touchdown catch and run. The 54-yard dash to the end zone, and subsequent extra point, put Atlanta up 24-20 against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. They won by that score.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones might be superhuman.
The run constituted most of the receiving yards Jones racked up on the night, 54 of 106. Jones also caught a touchdown earlier in a game, though he only had to go four yards for that one.
Jones' performance tonight was not only impressive, but also historic. He moved atop one Falcons' record, passing former WR Roddy White for the most receiving yards in team history. White and Jones were teammates on the Falcons from 2011-2015.
Jones wasn't the only Falcons WR who tore up the Eagles defense either. Teammate Calvin Ridley caught eight passes for 105 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown pass right down the middle of the field.
While Jones and Ridley performed admirably, QB Matt Ryan played poorly. Ryan threw for 320 yards, three touchdown passes and three interceptions as well. The three picks bring Ryan's interception total up to 5 on the year. That's a lot for a guy who threw just seven interceptions during the entire 2018 season.
The Eagles took a tough loss in the game, but the loss could've been even more painful for Philadelphia.
Near the end of the first half, QB Carson Wentz was removed from the game with an apparent rib injury. The discomfort stemmed from a hit LB Deion Jones laid on him during the first quarter. Wentz left the game and took a concussion test, while back-up Josh McCown ran the offense in his absence.
Thankfully, he was able to return in the second half with no apparent head injury.
Wentz finished the game with 231 passing yards, a passing touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran a touchdown into the end zone himself. Falcons CB Desmond Trufant picked off both of Wentz's interceptions.
Wentz' one passing touchdown was caught by WR Nelson Agholor, who pulled in eight total passes on 107 yards. Agholor's touchdown was his first of the new season.
Both teams focused their respective offenses around the pass tonight, as each squad suffered from a dreadful rushing attack.
Philadelphia's leading rusher on the night, rookie RB Miles Sanders, ran for just 28 yards on 10 carries. Ito Smith, Atlanta's leading rusher, ran for 32 yards on four carries.
Both rushing leaders tonight were second-string RBs. First-string backs, Atlanta's Devonta Freeman and Philadelphia's Jordan Howard, ran for 22 and 18 yards respectively.
The Falcons were lucky to eek out a win tonight. Ryan needs to take better care of the ball if Atlanta hopes to make the playoffs this season. He's got star receiving talent, he just needs to get the ball in their hands.
Carson Wentz looked bad this week, but that's probably because of the big hits he took during the game. Hopefully there is no lasting injury, and Wentz can play more like the Week 1 version of himself than the version we saw tonight.
Both teams need improved running attacks if they want to soar above the competition.
The Falcons improved to 1-1 on the season. They take on the Colts in Indianapolis next Sunday.
The Eagles fell to 1-1 on the season. They hope to right the ship next week at home against the Detroit Lions.
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