Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/15/14
ATLANTA Two summers ago when the Falcons essentially went the draft-day equivalent of all-in by trading five picks to take wide receiver Julio Jones, there were mixed emotions about the selection. The Falcons bet the farm to take the Alabama standout two first-round, one second-round and two more fourth-round picks over the span of two drafts on the premise that he would, indeed, live up to his all-world potential. Sunday's NFC Championship Game in the Georgia Dome served as one of the many justifications in 2012, as Jones once again decimated an opposing secondary, albeit in a losing effort to the San Francisco 49ers. Though his Falcons fell to the NFC's No. 2 seed 28-24 after taking an early 17-0 lead, Jones set his name in stone on one of football's biggest stages. He finished with 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns. His yardage ranks 15th-most in an NFL playoff game since 1960, and his 11 receptions tied him for 11th with guys like Jerry Rice (1996) and his teammat...
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