Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson gave the media a little tip in the post-game locker room session.
“Just listen,” Peterson said. “You
hear all of the chatter. Guys are upbeat. We could easily be 2-5 vs. 5-2.
“We just have take this momentum and good spirit and try to carry it with us to the end of the season.”
The Falcons were giddy after beating the Bengals 39-32 and heading into the bye week.
Here’s what the players were talking about after the game:
JOHN ABRAHAM, defensive end
ON OCHOCINCO AND T.O.: “I don’t pay any attention to them. I was talking trash myself, just to the offensive lineman. My thing is to get to the quarterback.”
BRIAN FINNERAN, wide receiver
ON HIS TD CATCH: “A lot of guys jump Tony (Gonzalez) down there. That’s what they did, the linebackers jumped Tony and I came open in the back of the endzone. Matt did a good job of putting it on me.”
ON THE BYE WEEK: “It gives you a little bit of momentum. In this league, we pride ourselves in not losing two games in a row.”
ON OFFENSE, BEST SHOWING OF SEASON?: “Probably, the first half, for sure. There is always stuff that we can correct. In the first half, we were just about where we want to be. . . In the first half, we were rolling.”
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE THIRD QUARTER: “In this league, you can’t turn the ball over because it usually turns into points. That was our biggest issue.”
DUNTA ROBINSON, cornerback
ON THE LEAGUE’S CRACKDOWN ON DANGEROUS HITS: “I think it will definitely settle down. It was just one week where guys got hit hard. You probably won’t have another week like that for a long time. It does happen. This is what comes with these games. It’s a violent sport. This is what happens sometimes in this game.”
MATT RYAN, quarterback
ON THE BYE: “We get a chance to have two extra practices, but also we get a chance to rest. Also everybody gets an opportunity to take a deep breathe and re-charge their batteries and come out firing when we start the stretch run.”
ON THIRD QUARTER: “The best part about our football team is the mental toughness. Understanding that there are going to be some ups and downs throughout the game. There are going to be plays that don’t go our way. You need to respond to those. We did that today and we were able to come away with the win.”
FAST START: The big thing is that we converted our first third down. We were able to move the ball on our first third down. . . from there we felt like we had a little bit of a rhythm and we went down and scored.
ON SMITH CALLING OUT THE O-LINE: “I don’t think he called them out. (But) I like when Coach has my back like that. I thought they did really well today. We had a great pocket to throw from and that enabled us to take some chances down the field. We were also able to run the ball really effectively. That’s completely due to the physicalness of our offensive line. I thought they played great. They’ve done a great job all year.”
TONY GONZALEZ, tight end
ON THE OFFENSE: “It felt good to be able to attack them a little bit more. It’s something that we need. (It’s) something that we are capable of. We can put up some big numbers with the talent that we have on this team. We just have to keep it up. Keep the pedal to the metal.”
JUSTIN BLALOCK, guard
ON THE BLOCKING: “We blocked pretty well for most of the evening. We were able to get off to a good start.”
SCORING ON THE OPENING DRIVE: “That really helped us build some momentum and it carried us through the first half at least. We had a little dry stretch in the third quarter.”
AFTER THE BENGALS WENT UP 25-24: “It was a really quick turn of events that led to a big point swing. No one panicked. No one really pressed. We just went about our business. Let’s take our time, get down the field and get our points and it worked out.”