Brandon Lloyd of the New England Patriots had the most yards of any receiver against the San Francisco 49ers this season with 190. At this rate, Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons will have that mark busted wide open by the end of the half. Jones gained 27 yards on a pass from Matt Ryan with 5:38 left in the first quarter, which put him at 100 yards on the nose. Jones became the first receiver to amass 100 yards in the first quarter of a postseason game since Carolina's Steve Smith gained 106 yards in the 2005 divisional round.
That included a 46-yard touchdown catch with 11:31 left in the opening frame, and Jones' yardage total would have been even bigger had he caught a sideline pass from Ryan in which Jones bowled over a security guard. Early in the game, the Falcons have been exploiting San Francisco's safeties with passes inside the numbers.
At the end of the first quarter, Ryan had 10 completions in 13 attempts for 162 yards and a touchdown. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, on the other hand, had completed one pass in three attempts for just one yard on two San Francisco three-and outs.
Ryan opened the second quarter with another touchdown pass to Jones, adding 20 yards to the receiver's total and putting the Falcons up, 17-0. Of course, Atlanta had a 20-0 lead over the Seattle Seahawks at the half of the divisional playoffs last week, and they had to overcome a furious comeback to pull out a late victory. So far, though, Atlanta looks just about unbeatable.
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