NFL's Best: Big Play Excitement
NFL's Best: Big Play Excitement

Everyone in the stadium, from the field to the stands, feels the fans' excitement as they celebrate a big play with their team. Those plays can change the momentum of a game and give a team a lift.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver JULIO JONES, who led the NFC in receptions (104) and receiving yards (1,593) last season, had a league-best 31 receptions of 20 yards or more and is regarded as one of the premier playmakers in the game today.

"Julio is as good as he's ever been, if not better," says Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN. "Defenses are going to have certain ways that they're going to try and stop him. But we feel like any time he gets in that one-on-one situation, that's a win for us."

The top five "big play" receivers in 2014:


Most 20+ Yard Receptions

Player Team 20+ Yard
Long Rec Yards TD
(Source: NFL)
Julio JonesAtlanta31791041,5936
Demaryius ThomasDenver2586t1111,61911
Randall CobbGreen Bay2470t911,28712
Emmanuel SandersDenver24481011,4049
Dez BryantDallas2268t881,32016


The top five "big play" rushers in 2014:

Most 20+ Yard Rushes

Player Team 20+ Yard
Long Att Yards TD
(Source: NFL)
Justin ForsettBaltimore17522351,2668
DeMarco MurrayDallas15513921,84513
Arian FosterHouston9512601,2468
LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia9533121,3195
Lamar MillerMiami997t2161,0998
Alfred MorrisWashington9302651,0748

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