NEW ORLEANS – Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon had a severe case of cramping and was taken to the locker room on a golf cart during the overtime session on Sunday, but some fluids and a 27-24 victory over New Orleans did a lot for his recovery.
“I was just locking up,” said Weatherspoon, the team’s 2009 first-round draft pick. “I feel much better know.”
Weatherspoon, making his third NFL start, was drafted in part because of his coverage skills and his ability to play in spaces against teams like the Saints. He had seven tackles and a quarterback hit against New Orleans. He wasn’t a liability in coverage and had a couple of other big hits in his first game in the Superdome.
“It was amazing,” Weatherspoon said. “We needed everybody. We just kept fighting and fighting. We knew this game was going to be tough.”
Weatherspoon has now played in two overtime games in three outings in his young NFL career.
San Francisco next up at home
Last season, the Falcons slapped around the 49ers 45-10 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, and suspect they’ll be in a foul mood when they arrive at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.
“They played New Orleans really tight,” Weatherspoon said. “They almost won that game. We know what we’ve got coming in. … They are going to be really fired up about playing us.”