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Last night Julio Jones became the Falcons all time leading receiver

via: Brett Davis USA Today Sports

During the Atlanta Falcon’s Sunday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles, wide receiver Julio Jones propelled his team to victory while also making a little bit of history. In the early portion of the third quarter, Jones caught a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Ryan to extend the team’s lead to 17-6 but it wasn’t the only number extended.

That catch furthered Jones’ touchdown streak to six games in a row which is the longest in the NFL. The last game where the former Alabama receiver didn’t score was week 13 of 2018 against the then red hot Baltimore Ravens.

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Later in the game, Jones took a fourth-down screen pass 54 yards for his second touchdown of the game and sealing the Falcons victory. On that particular catch and run Jones was able to hit a staggering 20 mph as he burned the Eagles secondary.

But that catch and run held a bit more weight than just winning a week two matchup.

At the end of the play, Jones became he Falcons all-time leading receiver, surpassing former teammate and mentor Roddy White.

With 10,868 yards, Jones still has a lot of miles to create even more separation between him and the rest of Falcons’ history.

After signing a fully guaranteed three year $66 million-dollar extension making him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL and attaching him to the Falcons for a total of five more seasons. On the season, Jones has 11 catches for 137 yards and league-leading three touchdowns.

Down the line, Jones will also be closing in on a few more franchise records making his new deal more than worthwhile.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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