After setting a career-high with 189 receiving yards in the Atlanta Falcons’ previous game, Julio Jones said: “I’ve just got to go and do it again.” And he did.
On Monday night in a record-breaking performance against the Green Bay Packers, the former Alabama star had 11 receptions for 259 yards. Despite Jones, the Packers still defeated the Falcons 43-37 at Lambeau Field.
Jones set franchise records for the most receiving yards in a game and the most receiving yards in a season as he reached 1,428 in 2014. The Packers had never given up so many receiving yards to one player in one game in their long history.
A reported hip injury sent Jones to the sidelines about midway through the fourth quarter, otherwise the former Foley High School standout might have reached Jerry Rice’s “Monday Night Football” record of 289 receiving yards set on Dec. 18, 1995.
Jones broke two Atlanta records belonging to former UAB star Roddy White. White held the Falcons’ single-game receiving record with 210 yards against San Francisco in 2009 and the single-season receiving record with 1,389 yards in 2010.
With 93 receptions, Jones ranks second in the NFL this season, and his receiving yardage is the most in the league through Week 14. His yardage on Monday night is the most in one game for a receiver in the NFL this season.
Jones’ 11 receptions equaled his personal single-game best. It was the fourth time he has caught 11 passes in a game.
Jones caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter and also hauled in a 79-yard reception to the Green Bay 3-yard line and a 25-yard pass.
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Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, a former Alabama teammate of Jones’, ran for 73 yards on 13 carries and caught five passes for 33 yards. For the third time this season, Lacy had rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game. He scored on a 1-yard run and caught a 1-yard TD pass, both in the second quarter.
White caught three passes for 42 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Another former Alabama player, rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, made seven tackles for the Packers.
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