On a 31-yard catch in the first quarter of the Falcons' matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Julio Jones moved to 30th on the NFL's all-time receiving list, surpassing Calvin Johnson.
Jones entered Sunday's game with 11,613 career receiving yards, needing just 7 yards to top Johnson's career total of 11,619 yards. During his nine seasons in the NFL, Johnson was regarded as one of the most physically gifted and talented receivers in the league. Jones is viewed in much the same way, and he has been the only receiver in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards faster than Johnson.
Through 10 games this season, Jones has 59 catches for 882 yards and four touchdowns. He caught six passes for 91 yards last week against the Carolina Panthers, including a 48-yard beauty with All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly in tight coverage.
This is the second week in a row that a Falcons player has made a notable jump in the history books. Against the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Matt Ryan passed Warren Moon on the NFL's all-time passing list, moving to the No. 10 spot.