Julio Jones Breaks Franchise Single Game Receiving Record

Streeter Lecka

The second year pro put on a clinic against the San Francisco 49ers.

You can blame nearly any Falcon you like for this loss. It was a team effort to pull out to a 17-0 lead, and it was a team effort to lose the game.

You just can't blame Julio Jones.

Jones broke Alfred Jenkins' single game record, reeling in 11 catches for 182 yards. It was the single most impressive game I've ever seen out of an Atlanta wide receiver. In the first half, especially, Jones abused the secondary en route to over 100 yards and two touchdowns.

If there's a more dyanmic package of size, speed and skill than Jones in this league—one not named Calvin Johnson, at least—I haven't seen it. Julio basically put the Falcons on his back this game, and considering how close it was, he very nearly got them there. Receivers simply are not supposed to do that, but Jones is capable of it.

And it's just one more record the Falcons broke this season. I'd say ho hum if it wasn't so awesome.

I know it doesn't do much to ease the pain of the loss, but Jones is headed for one hell of a brilliant career. Discuss the game here.

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