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Matt Ryan, Julio Jones make history again in a win Sunday

The dynamic duo keeps up a historic pace.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Time will tell if the Falcons have some sort of miracle run in them—they’re 3-1 under Raheem Morris so far, but their 3-6 record and upcoming difficult slate suggest that won’t happen—but they are doing some good-to-great things in the last few weeks. Regardless of how the team is performing, you would expect to see Matt Ryan and Julio Jones chugging along on their respective historic paces, and that’s exactly what they’ve done thus far.

Let’s start with Julio. While 133 game is a bit of an arbitrary snapshot for CBS Sports to take, it still makes it clear that the pace #11 is on is eye-popping.

Yes, that’s Julio a full 1,300 yards ahead of Calvin Johnson and nearly 1,700 yards ahead of Jerry Rice through those 133 games. All of these guys (minus AB, who is still going) finished among the greatest receivers ever, and Julio’s pace means if he can stay healthy and keep going for a few more years, no one but Rice is likely to remain all that far ahead of him. Given that this was a relatively quiet day by Julio’s standards in a season where he’s had a couple of duds, it’s extra impressive that he’s running this far ahead.

Ryan, meanwhile, blew by Peyton Manning for the most completions by a quarterback in his first 13 seasons in the NFL.

The big question for Ryan is just how long he plays, because the pace he’s on is going to allow him to surpass everyone between himself and Manning on the all-time leaderboard in touchdown passes, completion, and yardage in the next 3-5 seasons. These are great milestones and indicative of how good both players are, but the most impressive numbers will be the ones they tally up at their end of their respective careers, whenever those may be.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy both Ryan and Julio, because the truth is with change on the wind we just don’t know how many more years we’ll have to watch them play together.