Jones has huge day, Falcons hold off Rams 31-24

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Kevin Cone (15) in the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at the Georgia Dome. Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

ATLANTA (AP) -- Julio Jones hauled in 11 passes for 182 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, and the Atlanta Falcons held on for their first win of the season, 31-24 over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

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Matt Ryan threw for 374 yards and two scores despite taking quite a beating behind the Falcons' shaky offense line. Jason Snelling clinched it for the Falcons (1-1) with an 11-yard touchdown run with 6:18 remaining - Atlanta's longest play of the day on the ground.

The Rams (1-1) fell behind 21-0 when Osi Umenyiora returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Atlanta led 24-3 at halftime before St Louis fought back on a pair of short touchdown passes by Sam Bradford.

Bradford finished with 352 yards and three TDs.

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