Smith happy about third straight winning season

Falcons head coach Mike Smith congratulates tight end Tony Gonzalez on his 4-yard touchdown catch that gave the Falcons a 10-3 lead before the half. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons head coach Mike Smith congratulates tight end Tony Gonzalez on his 4-yard touchdown catch that gave the Falcons a 10-3 lead before the half. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons coach Mike Smith sounded a bit hoarse in the post-game interview.

He’s either catching a cold and was doing a lot of yelling during the game.

Here’s some of the highlights from his post-game press conference.

OPENING STATEMENT: “Just another day in the Dome. We talked all week about ball security and being able to control the tempo in all three phases of the game and I think we got that accomplished today. I think all three phases contributed to the success that we had. That’s a very good football team that we played today. It was very hard fought. They made a lot of plays. We were able to make some plays. We made our mistakes. They made their mistakes. But I’m really proud of the way the guys performed today. Their effort was outstanding.”

ON FOURTH QUARTER SCORING: “It’s part of the makeup of the things you have to do to be successful. You’ve got to score points in the fourth quarter of the ball game either to seal the game or come back. We’ve been able to do that. It was a very good drive there at the end.”

ON FOURTH DOWN GAMBLES: “We’ve got a lot confidence in our offensive football team. There were two instances were we felt like you’ve got to be able to move the ball inside the 1-yard line when it was fourth-and-1. I felt like we had to score points.”

ON RESILENCY OF THE TEAM: “I can’t say enough about the resiliency of this team. The way that they come to work. The way that they play the game. I just felt like it was a team effort. No one blinked even when we gave up the touchdown on the fourth down and 11. They came over and they know we are going to move the ball. . . (After return and penalty) we were just basically a completion away form having Matt Bryant in his range. I can’t say enough about Matt. He is kicking the ball between the pipes ever chance that he gets.”

ON THE D-LINE: “The defensive line had some tough duty today all the way around. They were facing a very good quarterback that gets the ball out of his hands very quickly.”

ON TURNER’S TOUCHDOWN: “It was just a power football play. We had our fullback leading through the play. It was mano-a-mano. When you are inside the 1-yard line, you’ve got to win your battles.

ON THE 3RD STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON: “It’s great to get winning season. But our expectations and our goals are a lot higher than that. We want to keep them internally, but we are progressing on our journey to where we want to be as a football team. In December that’s when the games become very important.”

ON THE TEAM’S CONFIDENCE LEVEL: “It’s a group that doesn’t blink. They don’t’ blink. There is no, ‘woe is me, the sky is falling.’ They know that whatever happened on the previous play, happened on the previous play. We have to go make a play on the next play. . .I think it starts with the confidence level of our older players. They are very good mentors to the young guys and they are teaching the young guys how the game is supposed to be played.”

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107 comments Add your comment

GovClintonTyree

November 28th, 2010
8:44 pm

Savannah Fan

November 28th, 2010
9:08 pm

Great win -Humble the Bucs next week

Gritz Blitz

November 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

The pundits keep doubting us, and all we do is keep winning. I’m dang proud of this team and this victory today. Bird is the word! Go Falcons!

poppa falcon

November 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

There is NO QUIT on this team. At this point, I could care LESS if the media continues to picks against us. These aint ur daddy’s Falcons.

Mitch (the one in Rome)

November 28th, 2010
9:11 pm

Helluva game, and it’s the most exciting time I can remember as a Falcons fan. 1980 was great, as an 8 year old fan. 1998 was a fun surprise, but these guys are good, coached in excellence and set for a long run as a top tier organization.
Thanks to Arthur Blank for sticking it out and figuring it out. It all started there, and he has learned and made the right moves that has resulted in one of the best coaching staffs and team of players in the league.
I’m proud of this team!

BULLSEYE

November 28th, 2010
9:12 pm

The Falcons and Packers matched up really well. The big difference between the two teams would have to be that we have the Beast in Mr. #33! Never can I ever remember such a complete Falcon team.

Sid

November 28th, 2010
9:20 pm

Hey, hello, where did all the cheeseheads go……………..?

Sid

November 28th, 2010
9:22 pm

Hey, ticket holders, when these same cheeseheads show up next home game please remind them we do not need their friggin support………….

truth

November 28th, 2010
9:24 pm

The Falcons just cut the cheese out of the ATL!!!!! Sorry……I’m bored. However, the idiots like Seen, Matt “choke’n on” Ryan, and all the other jealous fans of other teams can now leave and never come back because your meaningless hidden evy is annoying.

Yulee Falcon

November 28th, 2010
9:31 pm

Where are the mean and degrading comments now??? I love it when another team’s fans have nothing better to do than post crap on this blog. I enjoy respectable, serious debate, but trash talk on your own boards.

Good win by a good team for a good city.

Randy_O

November 28th, 2010
9:52 pm

It is truly a wonderful time to be a Falcons fan!! All of the past disappointments are meaningless now and the fact that quietly we made team history again is beyond words. I was at the Ravens game and we told some Raven’s fans they had left too much time on the clock, same mistake GB did today. I know there are 5 games left and the Saints are not quitters but the have to come here and they won’t like that at all. Falcons Rule the Dome!! and the NFC South!

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Ivan

November 28th, 2010
10:08 pm

Falcons still perched atop the NFC. It’s a great time to be a Falcons fan.

bigslow

November 28th, 2010
10:22 pm

damm i fell good. go birds for life

2Legit2quit

November 28th, 2010
10:24 pm

does anyone know how Jason Snelling is doing? He didn’t come back in the fourth quarter after injuring his hamstrings! Great win, I see 14-2 in our near future

Falcon Jim

November 28th, 2010
10:54 pm

Yabba Dabba DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ! ! ! ! !

Great Falconi

November 28th, 2010
11:13 pm

If I hadn’t seen 20+ years of crappy Falcon football in my life, maybe I wouldn’t appreciate the men running this team and the players comprising it. These guys know what they’re doing. The games may not be all that easy on our insides, but there is a level of trust being built up in the minds of Falcon fans. That’s a great thing.

dawgforlife

November 28th, 2010
11:26 pm

….you know the amazing thing for years I have been watching the Falcons lead games…sitting there and thinking…I wonder how they are going to lose this one…but today, losing never crossed my mind. For the first tome in forty years, I had confidence

drmondo

November 29th, 2010
12:18 am

head on over to http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot and vote for our team guys!!

33theburner33

November 29th, 2010
1:08 am

almost every game this season has been an instant classic, lets get ready for the bucs!

michwill36

November 29th, 2010
1:18 am

im excited as hell already thinkin about my playoff tickets.which one. nfc championship game sound tasty.

JONESBORO SLIM

November 29th, 2010
1:57 am

Great win today…Matty Ice showed them when you comes to the “ICE HOUSE” bring a bbbbig pick……….

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

November 29th, 2010
4:15 am

Forgive me if I sound like a Pointer Sister but;

I’M SO EXCITED!!!

Go Falcons!

WingMan

November 29th, 2010
4:26 am

I just kept hearing from the announcers how cool Rodgers was. Over and over again. Never once did they mention “Matty Ice”. I quess that they didn’t know about the Matty Ice Freeze Ray Gun that he uses in the 4th quarter.

Samuel

November 29th, 2010
5:23 am

Don’t worry if the Falcons keep winning it’ll take care of the bias and the idiotic pundits. who don’t think the team is that good.

jarvis

November 29th, 2010
5:30 am

the roles are in reverse now…….it use to be they find ways to lose now they find ways to win!!!!! 26 years and counting

jarvis

November 29th, 2010
5:32 am

@ samuel….i falcons aren’t good there ggggrrrrreat!!!!!!

jarvis

November 29th, 2010
5:38 am

haters will hate…….where my saints/ packers fan at!!!!!!! where my atlanta will get destroyed by rodgers at…..where my wait till dec 27th hip hip hooray reggie bush is back but still ain’t s##t at!!!!

jarvis

November 29th, 2010
5:41 am

bob

November 29th, 2010
6:36 am

Great game and great season, but one question. Why the two man rush on the last touchdown by the Packers? Rodgers had all day to find a receiver and he did. Putting more pressure on him seems like it would make more sense.

dean

November 29th, 2010
8:07 am

Mike Golic just said, “I said a couple of years ago that the Falcons getting Tony Gonzalez is going to pay dividends down the road.”

Nice self-pat on the back, Golic.

Turtsnap

November 29th, 2010
8:09 am

Hello Mr. Ledbetter….. I didn’t get a chance to talk to you yesterday, but you did hang out at the tailgate party I was with. You know the one, with the fried pickles and fried twinkies…. anyway was nice to see you hanging out with the Falcon fanatics….

The Real Falcon

November 29th, 2010
8:19 am

Posted this last week about the GB game and all I can says is:
I told you so and I did!

The Real Falcon

November 22nd, 2010
10:55 pm
What will happen Sunday is all these carpetbaggers who came South for the money and the weather will show up in their tired old jerseys that have been mothballed.
The will try to support their team. They will be drowned out by we Falcons fans.
And at the end of the game when they are crying in their beer they bought before the end of the 3rd quarter I will look at them as they leave early and say what I always do to the losing teams’ fans: Nice game!!

Falcon Dave

November 29th, 2010
8:31 am

Those Jack@#$% at ESPN still are doing all they can to overlook us and not give us the credit we deserve but hopefully that will let us fly under the radar through the Superbowl.

Mike is back

November 29th, 2010
8:44 am

DLed, that was just a TREMENDOUS EFFORT BY BIRDS…now that’s kicking assssss…and taking names…9-2 baby…BOOOOO YHAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Take a bow Mike Smith…yo boys is doing tha thaaaaaaaaaang.

BTW I heard a hip hop version of them Dirty Birds over the weekend…it had a little hood in it…but I was hot…I bet that joint would be slamming…if they crank it up in the dome!!

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Dude

November 29th, 2010
8:49 am

Hey Falcon Dave, “Talk is cheap, Walk is deep”. The Falcons are walking and the pundits are just talking… Many can talk the talk, but only a few can walk the walk…
The Falcons don’t have to prove anything to anybody. RISE UP!

tjhook

November 29th, 2010
8:54 am

We are getting love because the most experienced teams have either choked (Minnesota, Dallas) or are transitioning (Philly, Chicago). The close scores are no fluke; understanding this means winning home field is extremely important. We are not much better than our NFC competitors BUT home field can make the difference.
Extra: I would love to see the Falcons go after WR/KR/PR Eddie Royal next year. Falcons need another playmaker!

F Troop

November 29th, 2010
9:00 am

Watching MR on the post game press conference it hit me. His maturity. Wow. He sounds 35, not 25. Here’s a kid who has been blessed by good leaders in his life – and he has listened to them. This is refreshing and it’s part of the dynamic of the team. younger players playing like confident old pros.

One step closer to success. Great game, great win. On the road for three, let’s get after it.

The scoop

November 29th, 2010
9:10 am

Hey nice of the falcons to kick a field goal to be a bad team. Now

to the main event.

Did you guys see M V 7 put up 333 yards in the air and 2 TDs? Man, this guy is good. I know he threw his first interception in 4 years but man…is this guy the best quarterback or what? Isnt he still the # 1 rated quarterback by far this year on a sub par talent eagles team… I wonder if he is a shoe in for the MVP Heck after this year they should call it Most Valuable # 7 or M V 7..

Cool.

The scoop

November 29th, 2010
9:11 am

*Hey nice of the falcons to kick a field goal to beat a bad team

True Falcon Fan

November 29th, 2010
9:14 am

HELLO – HELLO – HELLO – LIKE I SAID LAST WEEK TO “MATT” (CHEESEHEAD) THE ONE THAT LIKED HIS DOME RECORD AT 10-3 —— 10-4 “GOOD BUDDY”

TO ALL YOU CHEESEHEADS OUT THERE “THANK YOU FOR YOU PRESENTS – AS USUAL YOU ARE VERY NICE PEOPLE”

GO FALCONS – GREAT GAME GUY’S – TOTAL TEAM EFFORT!!!!!

V I C K T O R Y

November 29th, 2010
9:18 am

“Falcons still perched atop the NFC. It’s a great time to be a Falcons fan.” Does any one really care. I can count only 4 or 5 bloggers on a monday after a home victory. Wheres the enthusiasm?

The only ones left are redneck hater. Hey how many sellouts this year? Why is the city so quiet about this 9-2 team? Blank F up. Should have stood by M V 7 and kept the city united. Now the city is divide. Who cares if they win the super bowl? Only the rednecks will be at the parade. LMAO

The real falcon is quarterbacking the Eagles

CHEESEHEADS

November 29th, 2010
9:20 am

More of us than there are falcon fans hahahahahaha!

CHEESEHEADS

November 29th, 2010
9:21 am

Calvin G. Sims, Sr. if it walks like a pointer sister and smells like a pointer sister and wears lipstick like a pointer sister…..

quack quack

True Falcon Fan

November 29th, 2010
9:22 am

Scoop the game was between ATL & GB – wrong day, wrong person, wrong QB, —-”YOU IDOIT”

Big Dude

November 29th, 2010
9:22 am

Scoop, Just another flash in the pan. He’s a loser (Bears). Just give him time. The real M.V. will surface. You can’t teach a dead dog new tricks. (I know. That’s bad, sorry)

True Falcon Fan

November 29th, 2010
9:24 am

cheeseheads or not i still respect the GB team & organization “A LOT”

GO FALCONS

True Falcon Fan

November 29th, 2010
9:35 am

@ VICTORY – HEY PAL, YOU MUST BE A PAINT MIXER BY TRADE, ALOT A HATE GO IN THOSE BUCKETS DON’T IT EVA DAY “YA BUDDY”? THE HATER BLOG IS OVER WONDER

GO FALCONS

Samuel

November 29th, 2010
9:36 am

Kudos to Tyson Claybo for nuetralizing Clay the sack Mattews.

Fella

November 29th, 2010
9:39 am

Happy for the win, but Falcons have a 4th quarter problem. They are usually ahead going into the 4th quarter, but once they get the ball back after a great defensive stop, the offense can’t sustain a drive. They turn it back over to the other team, usually around mid-quarter, and either the defense has to make another great stop, or the other team scores, so the Falcons have to make a comeback late in the game. It’s exciting, and they’ve been able to do so thus far, but they shouldn’t have to do that. One day they may not be able to come back, and if it’s in the playoffs, it’ll all be over.