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Atlanta Falcons drop Super Bowl 51, despite quality effort from wide receiver Julio Jones

Julio Jones with a catch for Falcons versus Patriots in Super Bowl during 2016 season
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (No. 11) makes sideline catch in fourth quarter in Super Bowl 51: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Frustration will rest on his face in the offseason, as a Super Bowl ring eludes Falcons’ receiver Julio Jones.

Following a dominant performance against Green Bay in the NFC Conference championship game, Jones put on a show in Super Bowl 51. He caught four passes for 87 yards, including three on two touchdown drives.

All four of Jones’ catches resulted in first downs, with the biggest one coming during the fourth quarter.

The former University of Alabama standout hauled in a 27-yard pass along the sidelines, in which he kept both feet in bounds. He put Atlanta in position for a crucial field goal; however, two penalties forced it to punt.

Despite averaging 21.8 yards per reception, missed opportunities led to Jones and the Falcons dropping to New England 34-28 on Sunday night at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

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

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