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Julio Jones has career day, keeps Falcons in 1st place with 29-18 win over punchless Cardinals

  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs over Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21)during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs over Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21)during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) vies for a loose ball with Arizona Cardinals running back Marion Grice (23) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons recovered the fumbled ball. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) vies for a loose ball with Arizona Cardinals running back Marion Grice (23) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons recovered the fumbled ball. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) leaps over Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson )

    Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) leaps over Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson )  (The Associated Press)

Julio Jones had a career day, catching 10 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown to keep the Atlanta Falcons in first place with a 29-18 victory over the punchless Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Arizona (9-3) still leads the NFC West after its second straight loss, but its lead over defending Super Bowl champion Seattle has dwindled to a single game.

More troubling for the Cardinals, they had gone more than 11 quarters without an offensive touchdown until a meaningless score with just over a minute remaining.

Steven Jackson broke off a 55-yard run — his longest run since 2009 — to set up a touchdown on the Falcons' opening possession.

Jones hauled in a 32-yard scoring pass, and Matt Bryant kicked a career-best five field goals for the Falcons (5-7), who matched New Orleans' 35-32 win at Pittsburgh to remain tied for the top spot in the NFC South.