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WR Julio Jones passes NFL legend Jerry Rice in receiving yards

Jason Getz - USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and NFL legend Jerry Rice are now in the same category.

The former Alabama wide out surpassed Rice and stands second all-time in receiving yards for a single season (1,871).

He totaled nine catches for 149 yards in Atlanta’s 17-20 loss Sunday against New Orleans. The Falcons dropped to 8-8, but Jones proved that he was worth the five-year, $71.5 million extension. Jones is the only wide out in NFL history that has recorded at least 130 catches and 1,800 yards in the same year. He ends this season with 136 grabs for 1,871 yards.

According to ESPN’s stats and information, the duo of Jones and Steelers’ receiver Antonio Brown (1,834) have combined for the most single-season yards in NFL history.

Jones will represent Atlanta in his third Pro Bowl, but will miss the playoffs for a third straight year. Crimson Tide nation hopes that Jones will set foot on postseason action in 2016.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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