ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Jones had a career day, catching 10 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown to keep the Atlanta Falcons in first place with a 29-18 victory over the punchless Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Arizona (9-3) still leads the NFC West after its second straight loss, but its lead over defending Super Bowl champion Seattle has dwindled to a single game.
More troubling for the Cardinals, they had gone more than 11 quarters without an offensive touchdown until a meaningless score with just over a minute remaining.
Steven Jackson broke off a 55-yard run — his longest run since 2009 — to set up a touchdown on the Falcons’ opening possession. The veteran back went on to rush for 101 yards, the first hundred yard rushing performance by an Atlanta Falcon since 2012.
Jones hauled in a 32-yard scoring pass, and Matt Bryant kicked a career-best five field goals for the Falcons (5-7), who matched New Orleans’ 35-32 win at Pittsburgh to remain tied for the top spot in the NFC South.
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