The Aftermath: What the players were saying . . .

101024 Atlanta - ONE HANDED CATCH - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White makes a one handed catch against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones for a 1st down during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 24 , 2010.    Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

101024 Atlanta - ONE HANDED CATCH - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White makes a one handed catch against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones for a 1st down during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 24 , 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

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.”

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109 comments Add your comment

Dennis

October 24th, 2010
9:19 pm

Good show overall.

Mike

October 24th, 2010
9:22 pm

Great Game! Was there. Falcons do NOT give up.

Oh yeah – FIRST

Mike

October 24th, 2010
9:23 pm

Iron Head

October 24th, 2010
9:23 pm

Good game but we need yo sure up kick and punt return Weems is nit the answer

florida falcon

October 24th, 2010
9:32 pm

It was nice to see this effort. I felt as if we would come back. Kudos to the coaches for opening up a can of whoop a$$!

SeenThisB4

October 24th, 2010
9:32 pm

It’s just a matter of time before we take our rightful spot at the top of the NFC south.

GEAUX SAINTS!!!! OUR TIME!!!

Rupe in DC

October 24th, 2010
9:34 pm

Paychecks well earned today!!!!

!Rise Up! and behold Atlanta Falcons Football. Let’s hope the offensive line can continue to play like they did today, because it will open up the play book and the team will be hard to stop.

On defense the team will be fine with the pending return of two starters and improved health of Jerry.

Iron Head

October 24th, 2010
9:38 pm

One last thing it may not show on the stat sheet but Vance Walker played a great game.

FalconUGAFan

October 24th, 2010
9:40 pm

Um…Seen you gotta win your games…sorry to break it to you.

Chop Buster

October 24th, 2010
9:41 pm

They did have a better offensive day. Let’s hope they keep it up after the bye. We have some tough opponents coming up and will need to score fast and often on them.

B-rad

October 24th, 2010
9:48 pm

Here that?…. It’s called contrition. I t oozezes from the pores of the defeated and shamed. Avoid it all you want… but as Coach Parcells says: You ARE what your record says you ARE= 4-3!! get it??? or not? you amoeba u!!

B-rad

October 24th, 2010
9:52 pm

hey saints, look at the bright side…big ben is only 2-0 and i’m sure Ole Colt gave u a hell of a run thru. Maybe Steeler D will take the day off; then again……….hehehehehehe!

truth

October 24th, 2010
9:55 pm

Way to go Falcons!!!! Hey, has anyone heard from hiramaint lately??

Here…….hiram hiram hiram. Here…….hiram hiram hiram. Be a man and stand up for your team!!

GEAUX FALCONS!! BWAA HA HA!!!!!!

B-rad

October 24th, 2010
9:56 pm

Game and a half….just saying…get your bandwagon application ready you spineless curr…Seen This B4? Probably round ”80,81,82,83,89,98.99,…..u get the picture…u banana slug!

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IWant2Believe

October 24th, 2010
10:09 pm

Offense looked great. Roddy is a beast. Ryan did his thing. Still concerned about our secondary’s ability to match up against speed and accuracy (even when Robinson and Spoon return). When playing against a determined O-line (e.g. third quarter today), our up front pressure seems to take a while to get their push which exposes holes in our defensive scheme. Glad we have the bye to clean up loose ends to help us put away teams (and keep them away) when we are supposed to, and win against the elite teams so we can be what we are capable of being.

Big Toombs

October 24th, 2010
10:10 pm

Seen this B4 I tailgate right across from the GA. Dome at Gate B and I’ve got a fresh set of paper bags for you guys. Just a matter of time before you settle at the bottom of the NFC south where you belong. Ain’ts

Falcons, Class of the NFC?

October 24th, 2010
10:14 pm

Looking at the standings, the Falcons are atop the NFC. After last week’s performance & the lousy third quarter, you gotta wonder how long this team will keep winning these games. It’s schizophrenic. But what is truly amazing is that this is just a step in the rebuilding process that Smith & Co. said wouldn’t come overnight. It has apparently come in three years, cause we are atop the NFC & there is no other team out there in the conference that is better than our Falcon team. I’m relishing today’s victory, cause for sure the Falcons of old would’ve lost this game. Today, we are back to the Class of the NFC. Geaux Falcons!!

Falcon Jim

October 24th, 2010
10:15 pm

Is this really SeenThisB4? Seen, you sound so weak and pitiful. No fire. No zeal. No vim or vigor. I think somebody is imitating you. Now wouldn’t that be a twist?

You sound pathetic. Wonder why?

charles

October 24th, 2010
10:19 pm

Wow! Man those BIRDS showed up today. And let’s give it up for the O Line them guys spread some butter on Mike Turner and aid lets go son follow me. And I love it. And seen you’re in your rightful place the only place a 4-3 team should be. I know you want to think that your team belongs with the very elite teams but they don’t, you’re only 2yrds away from what 8-8 so you had a good one year but you R what you R GO FALCONS AND RISE UP LOL

Stendek

October 24th, 2010
10:23 pm

I’m pitiful. Stendek.

Reid Adair

October 24th, 2010
10:30 pm

Very well done. I was glad to see the Falcons send T.O., Chad Johnson and the rest of the Bengals home with a loss.

truth

October 24th, 2010
10:33 pm

I agree Falcon Jim. It’s not SeenThisLoserB4. He aint man enough to come back. Just like his buddy Hiram. I had alot of respect for Hiram, truly thought he would be back. Oh well. GO FALCONS!!!!!

Charles Robertson

October 24th, 2010
11:09 pm

Late in the 4th, there was an injury to a Bengal player in the endzone after a Falcon touchdown. I couldn’t tell for sure but it looked like Adam Jones. Any news about the injury?

falcon in Memphis

October 24th, 2010
11:36 pm

@ Charles Robertson ummmm ……u said injury to a Bengal player. SO WHO CARES!!!!! Go Falcons!

Falcon Jim

October 24th, 2010
11:39 pm

truth,

I have a lot of bad blood for some of these Taint’s “fans.” (no telling which incarnation it may be,)

But hiram is O.K. He is stand up. (Now a Taint’s fan IS a Taint’s fan), but hiram stood up, came in and was reasonable after the Birds beat the Taints. He has been in occasionally since.

hiram, come talk.

SeenB4, and the rest of your Lon Chaney menagerie, stay out.

ezcofalconfan52

October 24th, 2010
11:52 pm

seenthisb4 is in a loser denial phase lol

DR. FALCON

October 24th, 2010
11:59 pm

RODDY WHITE IS MAKING A CASE FOR BEING THE BEST RECEIVER IN THE ENTIRE NFL! INCLUDING ANDRE JOHNSON RANDY MOSS AND FITZGERALD. HOW CAN ANYONE DENY THIS? AS FOR THE TEAM, A WEEK AGO, MOST OF YOU FANS WANTED TO RUN THE COACHING STAFF OUT OF TOWN AND WAIVE MATT RYAN! WE ARE 5-2 GOING INTO OUR BYE WEEK. 2 HOME GAMES AFTER OUR BYE. I WILL TAKE IT! GRANTE, ITS A LONG SEASON. BUT, BARRING A TOTAL COLLAPSE, I LIKE OUR CHANCES IN THE 2ND HALF! PATIENCE PEOPLE! DO NOT JUMP THE GUN ON THIS TEAM! WE WILL WIN THE NFC SOUTH!

JASon

October 25th, 2010
12:37 am

Very happy with the win today. But mularkey showed us again how he can screw us over with his game plan. Why is he so afraid to keep the pressure on the opposing team? Look at how easy it was for our offense to put points up when we were trying in the 4th quarter. He is way, way too conservative with all our offensive weapons.

I never call for firings, but mularkey needs to be gone at the end of the season. We have given him way too many extra chances, he really should have been gone before last season.

MIssing the Funky Chicken

October 25th, 2010
12:58 am

Can’t wait for that game with Tampa Bay. Did you see where their head coach said they’re the best team in the NFC? They barely beat the visiting Rams (now 0-3 on the road) by one point.

JB

October 25th, 2010
1:24 am

Once again we have proved a team incapable of closing the deal, blowing 20 point lead in one quarter. It was a good sign that they didnot fold and were able to come back, but they should have sealed this thing in the 3rd quarter and been playing reserves in the 4th. This team has got to push for four quarters and put some people away early.

Ueeediot

October 25th, 2010
2:05 am

Hey did you see the game that had the longest run by a punter during a fake punt since the AFL/NFL merger?
I also heard even though D HALL had 4 picks, there was this one guy had 2 Pick 6’s yesterday.

There were some extra greens in last nights dinner. They were good after the win by the Falcons.
And like last night’s dinner, your time (easily) has passed.

ajc pariah

October 25th, 2010
5:57 am

The memo, I didn’t get. About giving CO and TO five to ten yard cushion.Was it to avoid PI penalties and fines/suspensions, or just made for TV like wrestling? That improved secondary and D line pressure gives me the warm and fuzzy’s.

FalconUGAFan

October 25th, 2010
6:10 am

So what do you guy think about Gartrelle Johnson? He ripped off that 23-yarder. Man does he look fast. Great to see a young guy get in the game!

Take Good With Bad

October 25th, 2010
6:16 am

good game falcons all good teams got tested this week end right saw B4

TK

October 25th, 2010
6:25 am

Before the season started, who would have ever thought that our next game against the Bucs would be for 1st place in the NFC South. And it doesn’t matter if TB wins or loses next week against Arizona. 1st place will be on the line. It’s so important to win these divisional games, especially at home.

Paddy

October 25th, 2010
6:55 am

JB…I believe closing the deal means to win the game. Thats what is important. Losing the 3rd qt. is in no way an indication of team weakness. Not playing well for a spell happens in every sport and in almost every game. Finishing with a win is” closing the deal” IMHO

FrontRow

October 25th, 2010
6:59 am

7-0 and victory margins of 86 points would not satisfy some of these bloggers.

Did you notice we kicked their a$$ twice? Too bad the second whooping wasn’t on all the couch potato GMs that seem to reside on these blogs.

FrontRow

October 25th, 2010
7:07 am

For you B4:

Q: How do you defeat the Taints?

A: Start a rookie QB.

Tim Parker

October 25th, 2010
7:10 am

This was a great offensive showing. The defense concerns me. We have given up WAY TOO MANY points the past two weeks. Hopefully, Dunta Robinson and Sean Weatherspoon will be back after the bye. Vance Walker is an overachiever and workhorse that had some good plays. We need that true “stud” NT to plug the middle. We have a great selection of UTs, but our NTs could use improvement. I’m not knocking…just telling the truth.

Singletary

October 25th, 2010
7:17 am

What was UP in the 3rd? It was like the evil twins with no talent took the field. But, hey, they fought back… and won. Thanks, guys, we needed this one.

Zoomie

October 25th, 2010
7:19 am

Good mix of play-calling kept the defense loosened up for the run game. O-line did step it up a notch against the Bungles. Roddy White made some amazing catches and raised his stock in the league yesterday. He’s forgiven for the strip-fumble. Bet we won’t see another one of those this year. Ryan was more comfortable and it showed in the pass game. What we saw yesterday is what we need to see every game from the offense. The defense needs to figure out the formula for stopping the big pass plays. They also continually get burned by screens. Still played a decent game. Take away the two scores from turnovers and the defense did an acceptable job.

However, the special teams play is going down hill fast. They can’t even put together a base defense against high school level trickery. Let the whole team turn downfield and leave no one to keep the punter honest? Absolutely humiliating! How can the Falcons get burned for 68 yards on a fake punt?

Oh, my bad . . . that was the Aints.

I’m thinking SeenThisB4’s time may be better spent on the Aints’ blogs. They’re apparently in dire need of his/her sage advice.

Johnny Fever

October 25th, 2010
7:24 am

Rodney White is awesome, that one hand grab was fantastic! Good game birds, keep it up!

Sgt. Pepper

October 25th, 2010
7:39 am

Who needs Batman and Robin (TO and 85) when we got Superman (R. White)?

SawThat1nce

October 25th, 2010
7:43 am

SawThat1nce

October 25th, 2010
7:47 am

Who Dat? Who Dat? Who Dat, Dun Beat Dem saints?

SawThat1nce

October 25th, 2010
7:47 am

The Cleveland Browns?

SawThat1nce

October 25th, 2010
7:48 am

FrontRow

October 25th, 2010
7:49 am

We Dat and We Dey.

Lesa

October 25th, 2010
7:50 am

I knew everybody would be back on the bandwagon this week after the Falcons beat the Bengals, which I knew they would. One bad game does not a season make. I said it after the Eagles game, and I’ll say it again this week, the Falcons are still the class of the NFC. Glad to see the offense open things up. Our offense should be a powerhouse with all the talent we have. Kudos to Roddy White for playing an amazing game yesterday!! GO FALCONS!!!!!