The Atlanta Falcons got a big game from wide receiver Julio Jones as they topped the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-12, in Week 16.
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Matt Ryan threw for 384 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions Sunday afternoon. Ryan had small windows to fit the ball into throughout most of the game, but he was often accurate with his throws while dealing with a few drops from his receivers.
Julio Jones was nearly unstoppable as he caught 10 passes for 166 yards, while one of his targets was a deep pass that was intercepted. Jones put on a show with his hands on contested passes, too, as he managed to make a highlight grab in the third quarter. A.J. Bouye managed to get his hand on the ball at the catch point, but Jones still managed to catch the ball after the deflection.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson had an eventful fourth quarter. He was torched by Chris Conley for a 42-yard touchdown early in the frame. However, he responded well on his ensuing drive with two pass breakups on slant routes to D.J. Chark Jr. in the end zone.
Grady Jarrett showed why he just earned his first Pro Bowl selection. The interior defensive lineman forced several pressures, making Gardner Minshew uncomfortable in the pocket throughout the matchup.
Chark had one of his most unproductive games of the season. Not only did he not have good timing with quarterback Gardner Minshew, but he also struggled to get much separation when was targeted.
While pressure played a factor, Minshew struggled with his accuracy throughout the game. He missed a handful of open throws and was unable to fit passes into tight windows.
Cornerback Tre Herndon faced only a handful of targets, but he still managed to snag an interception. This was due in large part to Ryan targeting Jones with regularity. Only five completions went to wide receivers not named Julio Jones, most of which were short crossing routes against zone coverage.
Jacksonville's pass rush failed to make any inroads against the 45 pass attempts they faced. The unit recorded only one sack, failing to pressure Ryan as he looked downfield.