FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons got the weekend off after winning their second game in five days.
Here’s what they are saying after the game:
MATT RYAN, quarterback
ON THE GAME WINNING DRIVE: “We had been getting some pressure.
Early in the drive we were getting a lot of zone coverage. After we hit the out route to Mike Jenkins, then they started to pressure it up a little bit. On that pass to Roddy, it was a really good call to get outside the pocket because they brought pressure inside. Ed Reed was in man-to-man coverage on Tony (Gonzalez) and it was the same route Roddy had caught a touchdown pass on the goal line. Being the player that he is, he adjusted to that.”
ON THE DECISION TO GO NO-HUDDLE: “We talked (Wednesday) night. . . During the week, we talked a little bit about our no huddle package like we do every week.
Then yesterday, I talked with Mike Mularkey quite a bit and that was the direction that he wanted to go. I thought with a short week we had been in that no huddle offense for three years. We’d been doing a lot of the same thing for three years. We felt confident and we know that system really well.”
MIKE SMITH, head coach
ON THE KICKOFF COVERAGE UNIT: “They came out there with a great attitude and the effort was outstanding. Everybody was going down the field and making plays.”
ON ERIC WEEMS TACKLE: “That was a big play to get a tackle inside the 20 yard line. That’s the type of play we want to become accustom to seeing from our special teams. For the most part, that’s the way they’ve played since we’ve been here. I thought they bounced back real well from the performance in the previous game against Tampa Bay.”
ON BRENT GRIMES: “Brent had a lot of action last night. I thought that he hung in there. That’s a good receiver corps . . . I thought Brent played well.”
JASON SNELLING, running back
ON HIS TOUCHDOWN CATCH: “When they pulled that guy inside, I knew I was going to be open when I turned around. Matt saw me and it was just me and the safety. Being a running back, that is a play they ask me to make. I decided to put my shoulder down and I was able to get into the end zone.”
JAMAAL ANDERSON, defensive end
ON THE RAVENS COMEBACK: “We played well in the first half and we kind of let go in the second half. That’s one thing we have always talked about is finishing the game and we feel like we didn’t do it.. We still got the win though. We have a lot to work on but we’ll enjoy this one.”
RODDY WHTIE, wide receiver
UPDATE ON HIS KNEE INJURY: “Once I got going, I had the pre-game warm-ups and things like that. I was alright. I didn’t feel any pain or anything like that. I jus wanted to get out there and get myself moving. Matt threw me a lot of balls on the first drive. He got me going. It just kept rolling.”
ON THE TOUCHDOWN CATCH: “We were actually trying to get the ball to Tony, and they were double-covering him. It left me wide open, with one-on-one coverage with one guy. He tried to grab me and I just pushed him down.”