ATLANTA -- Fighting for a division title even with a losing record, the Atlanta Falcons knew they couldn't afford another defeat.
The Falcons (5-7) dominated against a team that had given up less than 300 yards in each of its four previous games.
"These are the type of games you've got to win in November and December in order to play in January," Ryan said.
Arizona (9-3) still leads the NFC West after its second straight loss, but now by only one game over defending Super Bowl champion Seattle. 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.
Asked about his team's struggles, coach Bruce Arias said, "Each man has to look in the mirror and find that answer."
Jones hauled in a 32-yard scoring pass for Atlanta's other TD.
Bryant handled the rest of the scoring.
Arizona's Patrick Peterson said earlier in the week that he was looking forward to going against Jones, the cornerback claiming he had won the "majority" of the battles since their days as Southeastern Conference rivals.
Not on this day.
"I just didn't play my best game," Peterson said. "He made the best of his opportunities. I just came up short."
"(Peterson) is a very good player. We think Julio is a really good player, too," Ryan said. "Julio went out and competed really hard, made some really good catches for us. He stepped up when we needed it."
It didn't matter.
Notes: The Cardinals missed a chance to wipe out Jones' longest play, a 41-yard reception in the third quarter. The replay clearly showed that Ryan only got one foot inbounds, but Arians failed to challenge the call. ... Bryant's previous career high was four field goals in a game. He connected from 20, 23, 21, 45 and 28 yards, improving to 22 of 24 on the season. His only misses have been from 57 and 59 yards. ... Arizona S Tyrann Mathieu left the game with a broken thumb.
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