Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson got his first interception of the season in the third quarter in the 31-10 rout of the Carolina Panthers.
The Falcons turned the interception into Michael Turner’s 3-yard touchdown run.
“I dropped a big one on Monday so I had to make up for it,” Robinson said. “The other thing is that I have to thank (Brent) Grimes for that. Grimes has been sending balls my way. One thing is for sure, if you keep sending them my way I’m going to get my hands on some of them.”
Long after most of the players had left the locker room, Robinson was still there relishing his first trip to the NFL playoffs with his two sons. The Athens native, played his first six seasons with the Houston Texans before signing with the Falcons as a free agent last March.
He was concerned about cornerback Brian Williams, who left the game with a knee injury and did not return to the action.
Williams, who had major reconstructive right knee surgery last season, was a key factor in stabilizing the secondary against the pass. He took over at nickel back for Christopher Owens midway through the season.
He’s also vital to the team’s blitz packages.
“You hate to lose a guy like Brian,” Robinson said. “It was good to see him walk off the field. He did walk inside. Hopefully, it’s something minor and it won’t keep him out long.”
Owens took over at nickel back for Williams against the Panthers.
Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament and suffered other damage to his right knee in a 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears last season.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter