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Undefeated Start Quite A Birthday Gift For Falcons Owner Arthur Blank


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Undefeated start quite a birthday gift for Falcons owner Arthur Blank
Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank turned 73 on Sunday and he received the perfect birthday gift: a 3-0 start for his team after a 39-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

"It means a lot to be 3-0, period, no matter when it is," Blank told ESPN.com. "But on my birthday, it's a special present for me, my family, for Atlanta and for our fans. I'm thrilled for our coach [Dan Quinn]. I'm thrilled for the players, the coaching staff. So, I couldn't be happier. It's a wonderful gift."

Julio Jones is the gift that keeps on giving. The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver recorded his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game to start the season with 12 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns. According to NFL records, Jones has the most catches (34) through the first three games of the season for any player in league history.

"He's doing everything we had hoped he would do and then some," Blank said. "His attitude is unbelievable. And his big-play ability ... the way they keep moving him around. There's so much confusion on how to cover him. He's so physical. He's so strong. He's such a great athlete that he can do that -- play all those different positions. So, I couldn't be happier for him."

The last two times the Falcons started the season 3-0 (2004, 2012), they went on to play in the NFC Championship Game.

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