Falcons WR Julio Jones dominates Buccaneers

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Can the Bucs quiet the surging Falcons?

Rekindling memories of the Super Bowl, the Falcons (7-4) almost squandered a big lead to a team playing its third game without injured quarterback Jameis Winston.

Atlanta: The Falcons continue their homestand by hosting Minnesota. You don't stop players like him - although other teams have done a far better job keeping him out of the end zone this season - you just minimize the damage.

Sure, there were factors working against the Falcons on Sunday.

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The Falcons were also mostly sharp on the other side of the ball. With Freeman out most of the game against Dallas in Week 10, Coleman ran for 83 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. And the pressure up front was non-existent until rookie Takk McKinley came up with a key sack late. This also doesn't excuse the Bucs surrendering 516 yards of total offense.

In the process of dominating Tampa Bay's secondary, Jones surpassed Hall of Fame wide receiver Lance Alworth for the most receiving yards and Anquan Boldin for most receptions for a player through his first 90 National Football League games, according to the Falcons' official website.

Jokes aside, Sanu literally is a flawless National Football League passer. Matt Ryan played well, too, getting Julio the ball all day. The sixth-year pro took a snap at quarterback early in the second quarter of Atlanta's game against Tampa Bay on Sunday and launched a beauty of a bomb to Julio Jones for a touchdown.

The Bucs did get a takeaway - in the fourth quarter, when linebacker Kendell Beckwith forced a fumble by Terron Ward with Brent Grimes recovering it and racing 37 yards to the Tampa Bay 42. But the biggest issue moving forward is maintaining sizable leads.

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