The slumping Falcons (4-7, losers of three straight) are in a state of disrepair, in terms of remaining viable contenders for the NFC playoffs.
But amid this torrent of painfully mediocre football, there's a major silver lining to celebrate with receiver Julio Jones.
For Thursday night's road defeat (a 31-17 setback in New Orleans), Jones rolled for 11 catches and 147 yards–thus securing his sixth consecutive outing of 100-plus receiving yards (personal best).
The significance of this feat serves two purposes:
a) Heading into Week 12, Jones needed to average 119 yards down the stretch to tie or eclipse his personal-best mark of 1,871 yards (2015).
What's more, to break Calvin Johnson's single-season record of 1,964 yards, Jones needed to average 134.3 yards for the final six games.
So, in that vein, Julio hurdled both obstacles with this holiday feast of yardage.
b) Jones is now only two games shy of tying Adam Thielen's all-time NFL record of eight consecutive games with 100 yards receiving–an otherworldly mark established just a few weeks ago.
Up next for Jones and the Falcons: The Ravens (ranked No. 2 against the pass) and Packers (No. 5 against the pass).