5 things learned from Falcons’ 40-23 win over Vikings
The defense, which was giving up 446 yards per game and was ranked 31st of 32 in the league, held the Vikings to 215 total yards midway through the fourth quarter. Two late touchdown drives pushed the total to 365 yards.
The Vikings were playing without running back Dalvin Cook, who entered Sunday as the league’s top rusher.
Here are the five things we learned from the win:
1, The return of the mack: With Jones hampered by a hamstring injury for most of the season, the Falcons offense sputtered. He finished with eight catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Before Matt Ryan tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones on the first possession, he had not thrown a touchdown pass over the past 11 quarters, the longest drought of his career.
Jones added a 40-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter to push him over 100 yards receiving for the 57th time of his career.
Jones has had an up-and-down season. He had nine catches for 157 yards in the season opener against Seattle. He was slowed against Dallas and was used as a decoy. He caught two passes for 24 yards and dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass from wide receiver Russell Gage on a gadget play.
Jones didn’t play against the Chicago Bears and left the game after the first half against Green Bay. He caught four passes for 32 yards against the Packers, but did not play in the second half.
He didn’t play against Carolina ...
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