Jacksonville Sports Day

NFL: Ryan, Jones Set New Marks in Atlanta’s 24-12 Win over Jacksonville

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jaguars

ATLANTA – Atlanta defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-12, in the Falcons final home game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Jacksonville QB Gardner Minshew threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Conley for their only TD.

Jacksonville kicker Josh Lambo converted both of his field goal attempts, from 40 and 27 yards.

Running back Leonard Fournette totaled 105 scrimmage yards against Atlanta.

There were a couple of milestones for Falcons QB Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones against the Jaguars.

Ryan surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the ninth-consecutive season.

That streak is the second-longest in NFL history breaking a tie with Peyton Manning, who had 4,000 passing yards in eight-straight seasons. Ryan trails just Drew Brees, who reached that total for 12-straight seasons between 2006-17.

Brees did not reach 4,000 passing yards last season, and he had only 2,447 passing yards entering Sunday’s games, making it extremely unlikely he will do so again.

The Jaguars intercepted Ryan twice Sunday. One by Tre Herndon and one by Jarrod Wilson. Donald Payne led the team with 16 tackles, nine solo.

Jones became the fastest receiver in NFL history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards during the third quarter, surpassing Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, Jones did it in his 125th career game, in 17 fewer games than Rice did.

Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman finished with 53 yards on 13 carries and two TDs. Brian Hill led the way for the Falcons with 66 yards on seven carries.

Atlanta outgained the Jaguars in first downs (28 to 17), in time of possession (33:07 to 26:53) and total yardage (518 to 288).

It was the Falcons’ third win in a row and improved their record to 6-9. The Jaguars, who fired executive vice president Tom Coughlin last week, dropped to 5-10 on the season.

Jacksonville closes out the regular season at home Sunday against Indianapolis.

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