ATLANTA -- Anything is possible when you have Julio Jones.
The Atlanta Falcons' Pro Bowl wide receiver showed Sunday why he is probably the most dangerous deep threat in the NFL. In the third quarter against the previously undefeated Carolina Panthers, Jones catapulted himself in the air to catch a ball quarterback Matt Ryan sailed 52 yards in the air. Jones extended both arms to snatch it over the top of Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, kept his balance and proceeded to sprint the final 18 yards for the touchdown.
It was the play that gave the Falcons energy and momentum to pull off an improbable 20-13 win over the Panthers at the Georgia Dome. It got the bitter taste of a 38-0 defeat at the hands of the same Panthers two weeks ago out of the Falcons' mouths.
Jones finished with nine catches for 178 yards and his touchdown. He surpassed his own team season record of 1,593 receiving yards -- he now has 1,722 yards on 127 receptions.
What were they thinking? The bad exchange between Matt Ryan and center Mike Person with the Falcons driving in the fourth quarter almost killed the momentum. The ball was recovered by Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. Bad exchanges have been a hot topic for the Falcons throughout the season. Yes, it was a bad snap by Person, but Ryan probably should have still controlled this one.
One reason to get excited: Rookie Vic Beasley has taken his share of criticism and recently revealed that he has been playing with a torn labrum. But the first-round draft pick showed his promise by forcing a Cam Newton fumble in the final minute, recovered by Adrian Clayborn to seal the win. Beasley brought pressure throughout the day in what was his best showing of the season, even without a sack.
One reason to panic: This goes back to the center-quarterback exchange. The Falcons have to get that resolved now so it's not a lingering problem moving forward. If that means Person won't be the center next season and beyond, so be it. James Stone wasn't the answer, either, and Gino Gradkowski never got a shot.
Fantasy watch: Jones and Freeman bought home fantasy points with their respective touchdowns. Freeman scored his 11th rushing touchdown of the season (13th total), and Jones had his eighth touchdown reception of the season.
Ouch: Special teams ace Eric Weems left the game with a concussion while nose tackle Paul Soliai was shelved by a nagging calf injury that flared up twice. Linebacker Justin Durant suffered an oblique injury in the first half but returned to action.