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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, Dec. 23

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The Atlanta Falcons continued their winning ways at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Read on for all the news and notes from yesterday’s game in Monday’s edition of Falcoholinks.

Falcons - Jaguars recap

On the heels of their epic win over the San Francisco 49ers, the Atlanta Falcons kept things rolling by immediately jumping on the Jaguars, scoring two touchdowns in the opening six minutes. They would go on to win 24-12.

Entering the tilt already eliminated from playoff contention, the Falcons moved their record to 6-9. Playoffs aside, the Falcons have looked like a decidedly different team in the second half, and their post-bye turnaround and Dan Quinn’s status for next season form the most compelling storylines for the remainder of the year.

Ian Rapoport is hearing rumblings that the Falcons are still undecided as to Quinn’s fate for 2020, so yesterday’s win and next week’s result could prove pivotal.

Another accolade for Matty

Another week, another career benchmark. In yesterday’s win over Jacksonville, Matt Ryan eclipsed 4,000 passing yards for his ninth straight season, passing Peyton Manning to move to second in the NFL’s all-time list.

Julio hits 12,000 yards

On the subject of accolades: Julio Jones keeps racking ‘em up. Against the Jaguars, Julio became the fastest wide receiver to ever reach 12,000 yards, moving ahead of Jerry Rice who achieved the feat in 142 games.

Julio hit 12,000 in 17 fewer games, notching the milestone in his 125th NFL appearance.

5 Falcons named as Pro Bowl Alternates

Wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett are already bound for Orlando, but there’s a chance that five other Atlanta Falcons may join them. On Friday the NFL announced that tight end Austin Hooper and linebacker Deion Jones had been named as Pro Bowl alternates, along with center Alex Mack, returner Kenjon Barner, and long snapper Josh Harris.

Should all be elected, the Falcons will have solid representation at the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl.