And let's not forget about fellow wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jones in the second quarter that ignited the Falcons to a hot start.
Ryan finished 26-for-35 for 317 passing yards and a 111.3 quarterback rating. Atlanta would score on another Julio Jones touchdown grab on that next possession to extend the Falcons' lead 17-3 with under eight minutes to play in the half.
It was a solid overall performance by Atlanta's special team units and they certainly helped the Falcons pull out the win today. With the Falcons offense starting to click on all cylinders, the Bucs will have no choice but to keep their focus on Tevin Coleman.
Matt Bryant had two first-half field goals for the Falcons, hitting from 49 and 36 yards, while Patrick Murray connected from 36 and 27 yards for the Buccaneers.
Atlanta allowed a slight comeback and after a Terron Ward fumble, and at one point they were in position to allow Tampa Bay to tie. Fitzpatrick, who had zero touchdowns or interceptions, added two rushes for 20 yards.
Fitzpatrick completed 27-of-44 passes for 283 yards. Nickelback Brian Poole also was lost for the game because of a lower back injury. Fitz will get the collapsing Packers in Week 13 if Winston misses another game. Two remaining end sections of the Georgia Dome, which was imploded Monday, tower over rumble next door to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Tampa Bay: The Bucs play their third straight road game at Green Bay next Sunday.
The Buccaneers defense is going to have nightmares about Jones until they face the Falcons again on December 18.
Atlanta: The Falcons continue their homestand by hosting Minnesota.