Sunday was a special day in Atlanta. Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves shattered the Detroit Tigers’ playoff dreams by winning their last game at Turner Field ever and Matt Ryan and Julio Jones had a career day as the Falcons punished Cam Newton.
Let’s start with Julio Teheran.
It’s easy to have been a Julio Teheran naysayer in the past, but he’s continued to make Braves fans eat crow during his strong 2016 campaign. With the exception of a few homers he’ll give up here and there.
Teheran was the only Brave to make the All-Star team this year and he earned every bit of it. While his second half has not been stellar, he posted a 2.96 ERA in the first half of the season with 107 strikeouts. Compare that to his 4.04 ERA and 48 Ks in the second half. But this isn’t about Teheran’s second half. This is about Sunday.
On Sunday Julio Teheran saw the Braves out of their Turner Field home in style against a very good team who had playoff dreams. He went seven innings, giving up zero runs on three hits while striking out 12. He couldn’t have asked for a better day. Julio has not had an amazing September, but if his last outing at The Ted, and his second half performance are any indication of the “True Julio”, then we’ll take it all day long and for many years to come.
With today’s dominate performance against the Detroit Tigers, Teheran finished his season with a 3.21 ERA and a 7-10 record. Here’s to next season.
Julio Teheran finished his 2016 season with a 3.21 ERA in 188 IP with 41BB/167K. A win would improve his record to 7-10. #Braves
Now let’s talk about Julio Jones.
During his last outing, Julio Jones was held to one catch. Perhaps he was upset about that, because on Sunday he proved to the world that he should never be held to just one catch.
Julio Jones hit exactly 300 yards on his 12th catch of the game — a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown from QB Matt Ryan to give the Falcons a 41-26 lead against the Panthers on Sunday.
Jones destroyed his own record of 259 yards, set against Green Bay in 2014, while also setting a new Atlanta Falcons franchise record.
Even though this article is about Julios, it’s impossible to salute the great Julio Jones without also saluting the great Matt Ryan.
On the very same play in which Jones set his own record while also breaking the Falcons franchise record, Ryan set the franchise single-game passing mark with 503 yards, also breaking his own record of 448 set against the New Orleans Saints in 2014.
To put Julio Jones’ Sunday performance into even more perspective, Jones’ effort Sunday was the sixth time in NFL history a receiver had at least 300 yards receiving yards in a game, and the first since former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had 329 yards against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 27, 2013.
Here is @M_Ryan02 and @juliojones_11 both setting franchise records. #JetJones – 300 yds rec #MattyIce – 503 pass
Hopefully both Julios will stay in Atlanta for years to come and continue to be great.