3. Week 16 of 2020 vs. the Atlanta Falcons
The overall game here wasn’t satisfying, but that doesn’t mean that individual players didn’t have exceptional performances themselves.
This game was ugly since it’s never fun when a 13-1 team struggles with a 4-10 team at home. The Falcons were competitive, unfortunately, until the very end. They dropped a potential game-ending interception in the end zone and then Patrick Mahomes proceeded to throw a bullet to Demarcus Robinson for the eventual game-winning touchdown, to help redeem what was a very un-Mahomes-like game. The Falcons then missed a game-tying field goal that would have sent the game to OT.
Now onto Chris Jones. This was a great game by the interior defensive lineman. In 49 defensive snaps (including 32 pass-rush snaps), he had 1 sack, 3 QB hits, and 4 hurries for a total of 8 pressures. He also had a batted pass against Matt Ryan.
Among all pass rushers in Week 16 of 2020 (with at least 15 pass-rush snaps), Jones had the highest overall PFF pass-rushing grade at 94.3, the highest percentage of “wins” on pass-rushing snaps at 39.3%, and the 4th highest Pass Rush Productivity at 16.1, all per Pro Football Focus. He also had an overall grade of 92.1.
While true that the Falcons didn’t have a great pass protection unit for Matt Ryan that season, it was still arguably Jones’ best game of that season.
The next game on the list had an ugly ending, which included one of the biggest regular-season Chiefs chokes in the Mahomes era, but Chris Jones can’t be blamed.