Julio Jones dominates, but Falcons still find closing a challenge


Julio Jones dominates, but Falcons still find closing a challenge

Jones caught touchdowns from Matt Ryan and fellow wide receiver Mohamed Sanu as the Falcons built a big lead and held on late. Coleman finished with 97 yards rushing on 19 carries.

Sanu's previous touchdown passes came in 2012 and 2014, respectively, when he played for the Bengals.

But on the positive side, the Falcons should be able to survive any challenge with Jones playing at the level he played on Sunday.

Tampa Bay: The Bucs sustained some huge blows during the game, losing RB Doug Martin (concussion), S T.J. Ward (concussion), S Josh Robinson (hamstring) and DT Clinton McDonald (back).

Fitzpatrick completed 27-of-44 passes for 283 yards. They didn't force any interceptions but got key stops when they needed them and made it hard for the Bucs to find any rhythm against them for most of the day.

NOTES: The Falcons lost CBs Desmond Trufant (concussion) and Brian Poole (lower back) in the second quarter. Tampa Bay will try to get revenge in Week 15.

The Buccaneers' offensive line didn't allow much pressure though, giving up just one sack to Falcons rookie Takk McKinley.

Matt Bryant had two first-half field goals for the Falcons, hitting from 49 and 36 yards, while Patrick Murray connected from 36 and 27 yards for the Buccaneers. But in a division in which the other three teams averaged 28 points a game last season, the Bucs' inability to consistently score has been, and will continue to be, an issue. He would finish 2-for-2, with four extra points on four attempts.

The Falcons, at 7-4, now have strung together three wins in a row as they march toward securing a playoff spot.



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