Julio Jones entered the game against the Buccaneers needing 84 receiving yards to notch his sixth consecutive year with 1,400+ receiving yards. With a dismal performance from Atlanta’s offense, he would end his season a mere six yards shy of the mark.
The accomplishment would have broken his previous record as the only NFL receiver to record five straight seasons of 1,400+ yards receiving. He finishes the year with 1,394 yards.
Julio was visibly hobbled in this one, entering the injury tent at one point and heading to the locker room a minute prior to halftime. With Julio Jones obviously ailing, Matt Ryan zeroed in on the complementary receivers in the group — particularly Russell Gage and Justin Hardy — in the second half.
It was looking like he might have a shot once the game headed into overtime, but a quick Jameis Winston pick-six to Deion Jones would seal the deal and he would not get the opportunity.
In spite of Atlanta’s lackluster season, Julio Jones has been a beacon of consistency. Even after failing to break his own NFL record, he still stands as the only receiver to ever chart more than three straight seasons with 1,400+ receiving yards.