The Aftermath: What the players were saying . . .

THE THRILL OF VICTORY: The Atlanta Falcons bench reacts after winning their NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in overtime, 27-24. Associated Press

THE THRILL OF VICTORY: The Atlanta Falcons bench reacts after winning their NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in overtime, 27-24. Associated Press

MATT BRYANT, kicker

ON THE KICK: “I just kept saying, stay down and kick through. Down and through. Down and through. I hit it pretty good and it went through.”

JONATHAN BABINEAUX, defensive tackle

ON HARTLEY’S MISSED KICK: “We just wanted to get some pressure on that guy. We knew that he could be off at times. We just wanted to get pressure on him. Coach iced him for a little bit and took him out of his rhythm. He looked up and a shanked it.”

JASON SNELLING, running back

THE AGONY OF DEFEAT: Saints place kicker Garrett Hartley (5) reacts after missing a field goal during overtime against Atlanta. Associated Press

THE AGONY OF DEFEAT: Saints place kicker Garrett Hartley (5) reacts after missing a field goal during overtime against Atlanta. Associated Press

ON HARTLEY’S MISS: “I was watching and I was happy that he missed it.”

ON THE DRIVE: “We got a lot of push and were able to make plays in the running game.”

ON THE PERSEVERANCE: “It says a lot. It shows how close we are. How we deal with adversity as a team. No one got down on each other. When the opportunity came, we were able to come up big at the end.

MIKE TURNER, running back

ON FOURTH DOWN GAMBLES: “That’s coach, he believes in us. It builds the confidence and gets the momentum going for the offense. We have to keep pushing and fighting. We had to fight for everything we got out there. It was a great win.”

ON THE DRIVE: “We just pounded the football.”

ON PERSEVERANCE: “We are a growing team. We are not a perfect team, but we are growing. We are trying to do what the Saints did last year. We just have to learn how to win games like this and keep fighting.”

JOHN ABRAHAM, defensive end

ON PERSEVERANCE: “We are playing well together. We are finally become a team that believes we can win. Before I really didn’t want a moral victory out of this, oh, you played the Saints tough. This time, we can say we won.”

RODDY WHITE, wide receiver

ON PERSEVERANCE: “We have to fight through everything. We hung in there until the end, that’s all you can ask. If you go down, go down fighting.”

ON HIS TOUCHDOWN: “They did a good job of doubling me all day. They had a safety over the top. We expected them to do that. When they do stuff like that you have to quick snap them.”

CURTIS LOFTON, middle linebacker

ON THE WIN: “This is a big win. It’s a division win, but there is still a lot of season left.”

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Professor Falcon

September 26th, 2010
9:56 pm

Did anyone notice that the first kick was blocked when the Saints called time out……guess the Saints wish they had that one back, lol.

Fin

September 26th, 2010
10:00 pm

@Professor Falcon – Falcons players heard the whistle and didn’t block at all, that’s how it was blocked. You know what…I can’t wait for a coach to do a fake time out…just stand by the ref and talk to him like he is about to ask for a time out and as players relax, a kick can be blocked thinking the opposing coach was going to call time out. It’s going to happen, just watch. Just like when Peyton Manning did that fake spike a couple of years ago…

boiler up

September 26th, 2010
10:07 pm

What a win!!! I like the fact that the players want more than just a morale victory and not to be satisfied with just winning today!! Great things will come to this team this year especially if they stay healthy with the Lord’s favor!! Go Falcons!! I still love my Boilermaker Brees but Matt’s da man!!!!

Billy

September 26th, 2010
10:12 pm

definitely an instant classic, a Game of the Year nominee!

Jeff

September 26th, 2010
10:12 pm

*fart*

Great win!

DTYBRDZ

September 26th, 2010
10:14 pm

On to the next… Get ready for SF!

Ueeediot

September 26th, 2010
10:20 pm

50 rushes for 4.0 yds a carry is not lucky. Running the ball effectively against 6,7,8 in the box is a straight up beating.
Yall come back now ya here. See you in December to run another 200 yds on ya.

I dont hear any aints fan saying they were lucky the ball ricocheted off of DeCoud.

Nike Falcon

September 26th, 2010
11:01 pm

Im beyond happy we got to shut up the upitty ‘Aints fans this game thank you sweet baby Jesus

Lesa

September 26th, 2010
11:19 pm

Where are all the haters? Amazing how they disappear when they can find nothing to criticize about the Falcons’ performance. What an awesome game!! That 10-minute drive by the Falcons was a thing of beauty. This is such a great rivalry. I’ve been watching these Falcons/Saints battles since 1978 and this was one of the best games ever! It’s definitely a new classic.

A season of firsts

September 26th, 2010
11:19 pm

Wow.
That’s the first time I’ve ever heard Saints fans described as “upitty.”

tt33

September 26th, 2010
11:26 pm

GROUND AND POUND – I LOVE IT. We just pounded them in OT and broke their will. RISE UP!!

Big Ray

September 26th, 2010
11:26 pm

Sure is quiet around here. Where dem Aints fans at? LOL

myles

September 26th, 2010
11:31 pm

oh yea i said this was gonna be our day and look what happened my boys put it on the ‘Aint’s thats what i like too see let the ‘Aint’s fans sulk in defeat while we get ready for San Fran and after what we did too them last season im pretty sure there lookin for payback. Rise Up Falcons its our time now.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 26th, 2010
11:47 pm

Saints Nation is in shock.

RGO67

September 26th, 2010
11:48 pm

WHO DAT??? WE DAT GO FALCONS!!!!!

DR. FALCON

September 27th, 2010
12:15 am

I LOVE THE AGGRESSIVENESS COACH SMITH SHOWED ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS, GOING FOR IT ON 4TH DOWN. TO BEAT AN AGRESSIVE TEAM, YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE AGREESIVE. I LOVE IT! EVERYONE KNOWS THAT SEAN PAYTON WILL NOT BE CONSERVITIVE IN ANY STRETCH. REMEEMBER 2ND HALF OTHE SUPERBOWL? SO, WAY TO GO COACH SMITH! THE CONFIDENCE YOU SHOWED IN YOUR TEAM, WILL GO A LONG WAY IN DETERMINING OUR FATE IN CRUNCH TIME DOWN THE ROAD! NFC SOUTH BABY! HERE WE COME!

OHIOdirtybird

September 27th, 2010
12:17 am

lmao!!!!..i’m in ohio and i had a saints fan come up to me at half, talkin bout buying his “hooters”….lmao……i took it at half..I’M LOVIN OUR D!!!!!!!!\

renegade#1

September 27th, 2010
12:34 am

Did anybody else see the old guy that looked like Terry Bradshaw running around behind Coach Smith. I didn’t know Bradshaws grandpa was a Falcons fan. Now Terry can see what he’s going to look like when he gets really old.

KevKat

September 27th, 2010
1:36 am

Great win….Just wish the “aggressive” play calling had come two games earlier and we might be 3-0. Go Falcons!!

FalconsFan284

September 27th, 2010
2:20 am

As great as this win was there are still several things the Falcons need to work on.
First, special teams! Atlanta has given up some explosive plays on special teams both last week and this week. We need to sure that up before we play on Sunday.
Secondly, Jeremy Shockey burned Mike Peterson, all day! Peterson needs to come out of the game in third and long situations. He is too slow to cover an extended area in zone.
Lastly, Sam Baker. What can I say about the bearded wonder, except that he is the weakest link on our line? Hopefully, Coach Smith takes him to the woodshed and gets Sam back on track. Anything short of that and we have a liability on the field that will stop drives dead! Just think about what his holding penalties did in the Pittsburgh game.
Overall, the better team won this game but we cannot be satisfied by winning only this one game. If we are going to go far then this is a building block in the right direction.

HATinGA

September 27th, 2010
5:07 am

GR8 Win!! GR8 Game!! Go Falcons!!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 27th, 2010
5:57 am

Aint’s….. they got lucky to even get to over time. Don’t tell me the Falcons got lucky.

Karl

September 27th, 2010
7:18 am

What I really liked about this game was the way Matt Ryan stepped up and became a leader. He really wanted it, you could see it. He is going to have to lead this team and now I think he will.

Real Talk

September 27th, 2010
7:29 am

Glad I can go to work and not hear thoes aint fans now they gone run and hide. I’m knocking on doors this morning.

Chop Buster

September 27th, 2010
7:31 am

FalconsFan284 totally agree! Unfortunately they are still giving up the big plays, but they kept fight to the end.

Chop Buster

September 27th, 2010
7:31 am

“figting to the end.” I meant.

SAINTS LSU

September 27th, 2010
7:42 am

@ falcons fan thank sean payton for giving you the game 1 down in side the 10 yard line & kick a field goal don’t run more play’s that dump brees under throw moore in the end zone @ the end of the 4 quater that was the game but good win we will be ready on monday nite

Chop Buster

September 27th, 2010
7:55 am

Saints LSU…don’t forget how much luck you had last year in your SB run. Don’t be a sore loser…just makes you look like a whiner. Grow up.

RobbE33

September 27th, 2010
8:04 am

DeCoud’ve easily lost this game with crucial miscues and lapses but give Smitty’s team credit for hanging tough and not quitting. Ryan should spend extra time with Douglas and work out their long ball timing, though. Finally. We Dat!!!

isproab

September 27th, 2010
8:17 am

FalconsFan284,

About Sam Baker, I hear you, but you know what, I’ll take it with Sam Baker at this point. His break downs have come late in games these last two games. Not sure if stamina has anything to do with it but Falcons have to give him some help. Not making excuses for him but it is what it is. Yes he was a 1st round pick but he is by no means elite. You see how when the Saints gave up the sack to Abraham, the very next play Thomas chipped Abraham.

Smith had 13 sacks last year, when facing those kind of guys, Falcons need to considering helping Baker at times late in the game it looks like.

FrontRow

September 27th, 2010
8:29 am

What only 1 sore loser here?

FrontRow

September 27th, 2010
8:31 am

@Saints LSU – you can thank your pathetic defense for losing the game. If they weren’t so enamored with stipping the ball and actually tried some professional tackling, maybe the outcome is different.

Did you notice the Saints D is referred to as “opportunistic” and not good or great? That is because they are neither; playing for the “takeaway” is an idiot’s strategy.

waynester

September 27th, 2010
8:55 am

Just like the Saints last season, it takes a mixture of performance and luck to win it all in this league. The team is putting up the performance numbers and yesterday, we got a boost from OL’ LADY LUCK(Munsonism). This team is getting rid of some seriously badass monkeys from our backs–
This will be a tough week for the coaches, I would imagine, considering how many young guys are on the team. The vets need to step up and make sure there’s no let-down. Smitty noted this immediately after the game when he was talking with Dave Archer, so you know he’s aware of a big win hangover. This 49er team is capable of a big upset and we can’t sleep on those guys….

SirReal

September 27th, 2010
9:05 am

It just feels good to finally shut that team up for a few months. Hopefully it’ll be the start of their demise. It just feels good to give them their first loss of the year. This game should at the very least provide confidence for us the remainder of the year. I think we can beat anybody on our schedule now…with hard work and consistency.

Marge

September 27th, 2010
9:25 am

Why was Matt R. screaming at Svitek towards the end of the game? Matt was really hot. I have never seen him get after someone that way.

Johnny3Steps

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

Need to savor this victory over the Super Bowl champs and get after San Francisco, as a let down would destroy the momentum.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

Nice win – Very well played game by both teams, but both teams made a few mistakes that could have cost them game.
Tops was Drew Brees flipping the ball to Atlanta player while going down. Yea, even the best QB’s make dumb plays sometimes.
Ryan played good game, pretty pass to White for TD, nice game Ryan.

Falcons taking the Steelers to overtime is looking better, they are 3-0 now and looking real good. ATL hung with them.

William Moore is going to be a nice Safety.

alanfalcon

September 27th, 2010
9:57 am

Mike Singletary will have his team fired up, they thought they would be better and yet they’re not, the 49′ers will be looking to upset the Falcons. THE BIRDS NEED TO GET DOWN AND PLAY THERE GAME LIKE THEY HAVE FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

proudsaintsfan

September 27th, 2010
10:56 am

nice win for the dirty birds but think about this

1. big edge in time of possession
2. big edge in the running game
3. won the turnover battle +2
4. only got the chance to win cause Hartley missed his kick

don’t celebrate too much. when it counted, the defense couldn’t stop Brees from tying the game & couldn’t stop him from driving for a chance to win.

Dennis

September 27th, 2010
11:01 am

> Marge… I was going to comment on the same thing. Ryan was definitely hot.

And could our backfield beef (RB’s) be called Pound Steak? :-)

singhisking

September 27th, 2010
11:42 am

we dat , we dat dont come here no more u brown bag with hole in it aint fans, get use to be getting beat like this, next time in dome we gonna put #95bab on drew bree u know wut happen when he get u rite if not go ask other qb. who dat? ans. we dat ur daddy. till i live i will have no mercy for NO no more i hate yaaaaal aint get the hell out of here its falcon town.

Falconian

September 27th, 2010
11:55 am

Huge win, but we cannot let this San Fran game be a trap. Keep on rolling!

NoleRick

September 27th, 2010
11:58 am

Lets not have a let up against the 49ers. Lets keep it going!

FrontRow

September 27th, 2010
12:05 pm

OK so you’re happy that maybe the Falcons are finally changing their ways.

How about changing your habits too…please be in you seats and LOUD at kickoff.

FrontRow

September 27th, 2010
12:08 pm

@proudsaintsfan go get some new table grapes…the one’s you have are sour.

better get pumped for the Panthers….guess what they’re gonna run the ball.

FrontRow

September 27th, 2010
12:09 pm

So far you’ve seen 2 GREAT GAMES on TV and one beat-down at the dome.

Where u gonna be Sunday?

FalconsFan284

September 27th, 2010
12:45 pm

Proudsaintsfan—–So, what you’re really saying is that Sean Peyton got out coached and the Saints got out played! Time of possession, turnovers (+3) and running the ball right down the Saints throats all go back to coaching.
Why didn’t Peyton make some half time adjustments to stop the run? Why not switch to an under zone to stop Gonzalez? Why didn’t Peyton adjust his defense to put a man on Ovie in the flat; unless you think his two third down conversions weren’t a big deal? Why did he put the game on the foot of someone that had already missed two fieldgoals and has had several problems? And, why didn’t Sean make an offensive adjustment to keep the pressure off of Drew Brees? It all comes down to the Saints being out played and out coached! There was no luck. There were no excuses. The only thing that happened is Atlanta punched the Saints, in the mouth, and the Saints got knocked out in overtime! The better team rose up and won this game!

waynester

September 27th, 2010
1:20 pm

Proud
I doubt seriously that anyone on here thinks that this win means we’ve totally got the NFCSouth in our pocket but the Falcons did manhandle ya’ll yesterday in your own backyard. The final score was close but not the game. ATL whupped ya in the trenches despite Brees having his usual great performance. If NO wins it all this year, it won’t be from lack of competition. Face it–you’re in for a fight this time around….

proudsaintsfan

September 27th, 2010
1:22 pm

falconsfan284 — if that’s gonna help you sleep at night, keep right on thinking that. ultimately, you guys have nothing to crow about until you can “rise up” & win it all. until then, i’ll just watch & listen to you guys & lmao knowing how nice the lombardi trophy looks at saints camp.

ctfalconsfan

September 27th, 2010
1:30 pm

Very big win!!

I have been VERY critical of Mike Mularkey but he did an excellant job play calling yesterday.

There were only 2 play calls I didn’t like:

1) When ATL went for it on 4th down and 5. I didn’t mind that play call but the 3rd down play was also a quick pass play. If you know you’re going to go for it on 4th why not run a quick draw and pick up 3-4 yards and make it a more managable 4th down and short???

2) OT
I love the OT bomb to Douglas – You have to take a shot but I hated the 2nd down call as you knew ATL was going back to the run and as such the saints stuffed the box which left us 3rd down and long..
Otherwise very good job on the offense. The Punting team needs to focus on coverage this week and the punt return needs to work on getting far away from the ball (this applies to DeCoud)..

GO FALCONS!!