Dunta’s Inferno: Robinson ready for first trip to the playoffs

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson reacts to the cheers of the fans on a defensive series against the Carolina Panthers during 1st half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson reacts to the cheers of the fans on a defensive series against the Carolina Panthers during 1st half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

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

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47 comments Add your comment

Rupe in DC

January 3rd, 2011
7:23 am

First!!!

Let’s hope that Williams injury is minor. The bye week should help.

Saturday 1-15-11 the DOME will be rocking!!!

SirReal

January 3rd, 2011
7:39 am

Bye week helps a lot. Looks like we’ll be seeing those Aints for the third time….this time will be different. We shall destroy them and bring Philly on. However…it would be even sweeter if Seattle can pull it out and make our road that much easier.

The Joker...

January 3rd, 2011
7:49 am

I agree SirReal, it will not be easy for the Aints who have to go up to Seattle to play in whatever elements that the weather might produce along with that crowd noise…

Blue Fender

January 3rd, 2011
8:02 am

Did you actually watch the Seattle/St. Louis game last night? They are terrible. The Saints will kill them. The only hope for the hawks is that they somehow knock out Brees. No worries, though. The Falcons will crush the aints on the 15th.

kaminari

January 3rd, 2011
8:09 am

Kudos to Dunta getting that monkey off his back. Awesome win for the Falcons. Green Bay has a good chance of upsetting Chicago next week. If that happens, we’re gonna see Green Bay and not the Saints. Everybody who has been watching the Packers games this year knows that Aaron Rodgers is playing lights out again, and they seemed to have fixed their running attack since the last time they were in the dome. If we see Green Bay, you bet Dunta and Grimes will be busy.

kaminari

January 3rd, 2011
8:10 am

Sorry, meant Green Bay upsetting the Eagles, not Chicago, next week. This is very likely since the Vikings beat the Eagles at home last week. They’re reeling.

Smiling Jack

January 3rd, 2011
8:20 am

Everybody is happy with the Falcons win!!!!!!!YEA!!! Go Falcons! One game at a time, but they sure do look like Super Bowl Champs 2011.

Chop Buster

January 3rd, 2011
8:20 am

It’s time for our corners to man up and start playing physical off the line. No more of this bend but don’t break defense. This is the playoffs and you don’t want to be one and done. I want to see everyone get as physical as Willie Mo did yesterday. Decoud has been AWOL this year and needs to step up his tackling and hitting.

Smiling Jack

January 3rd, 2011
8:21 am

Oh, but wait..it’s just a matter of time before the Falcon haters get online! Haters go get a life! Go Falcons! Yea!!!!

Chop Buster

January 3rd, 2011
8:22 am

Blue Fender, stranger things have happened. The Saints seem to be missing something this year and are not the same team.

Mountain Falcon

January 3rd, 2011
8:33 am

Dunta up your game and play like Grimes has all season, in the playoffs.

The Real Falcon

January 3rd, 2011
8:40 am

Ready for that Saturday night home against “I don’t care.”

The Real Falcon

January 3rd, 2011
8:44 am

By the way will anyone pay for giving Blank the
Gatorade dump Sunday?

Greg Mendel

January 3rd, 2011
9:07 am

Does Armani make neoprene suits? Blank will probably wear that suit — wrinkled and ruined — to the next playoff game, just for luck. The Smiths got dumped on year after year, but never with Gatorade.

falconsboy12

January 3rd, 2011
9:11 am

Mountain falcon
you do no that Dunta is the reason that Grimes is playing like he is this season. nobody can c it on T.V. but on 85% of the plays Dunts plays tight coverage. i went to the saints game and dunta was on them like a blanket.the quaterback looks and just doesnt throw it in his direction. but wat all fans do see is when he gets beat in coverage. all CBs get beat sometime. bt he and grimes r doing they thing back there

falconsboy12

January 3rd, 2011
9:12 am

I kno everybody saw my boy C4 William Moore layin down some bone shaking hit yesterday!!!!!!!!!

BirdDirty

January 3rd, 2011
9:15 am

I love the way William Moore plays. One of the talkng heads on TV a few weeks ago said that we were weak up the middle on defense and not physical. Lofton, Peterson, and Moore all know how to lay the wood. Moore blasted Jonathan Stewart three times yesterday. I must say, however, Stewart is one tough cookie. If we stay aggressive on offense and execute, we will be in the Super Bowl. I have have no issues with this defense. John Abraham has turned into the true leader of the defense. I love his post game comments in the locker room. “We don’t want to just be hungry, lets be greedy”!!

SawThat1nce

January 3rd, 2011
9:20 am

Mr. Blank’s wife told Turner and White that it would be okay, to dump the ‘water’ on him.
I doubt that the suit was ruined.
I bet that was the first time an owner had ever been dunked.

Sid

January 3rd, 2011
9:21 am

Do you know how deflating it is to the Saints to lose to Tampa at home in the 17th week and then have to fly across country to play a 7-9 team on their home field.

New Orleans is done!

Sid

January 3rd, 2011
9:23 am

High Flying Falcons leaving Contrails Baby!!!

willdave

January 3rd, 2011
9:26 am

Congratulations to Dunta for getting his first interception of the season and earining his first trip to the playoffs after seven solid seasons. It just shows that if you keep yourself together and continue to work hard, positive results will occur.

Congratulations to all the Falcons for their division championship and their first ever number one seed in the playoffs. Just look how far this team has come since that disastrous 2007 season of just three short years ago. Absolutely amazing.

The road to Dallas leads through Atlanta! Go Falcons!

SawThat1nce

January 3rd, 2011
9:26 am

I doubt that there will be very many saintsfans on these blogs, until they beat the Seahawks(if they do).
But if the saints do beat the Hawks, the saintsfans will come crawling out from underneath the woodwork like they always do, proclaiming how invinceable the saints are, because they defeated a 7-9 team.

Greg Mendel

January 3rd, 2011
9:35 am

At the start of the season, I was afraid the defense (especially the secondary) was going to be exposed and exploited. In fact, it’s gotten better, and I think Robinson’s presence is a big reason. I’m betting Dimitroff makes another big defensive move off-season.

Greg Mendel

January 3rd, 2011
9:44 am

I don’t know how many actual Saints fans crawl onto these blogs. I think it’s mostly just a few (or only one who uses multiple names) posters who entertain themselves by trolling. They’re best ignored, but I find them annoying because I hate having to pick through the clutter to read posts with genuine insight on the game, or that are simply entertaining.

Mike Smith

January 3rd, 2011
9:52 am

Division Round I want it to be a RED OUT!!!!!

falconsboy12

January 3rd, 2011
9:52 am

to the dumb A** who posted all dat trash about the falcons above. i bet you are a saints fan……yea you gotta b cuz only you saints fans post disrespect on our page.man dats 2 lame. get the F*** off our nuts. Saints win a ring and yall act like you the patriots or somethin. yall wasnt talkin all dat stuff when we beat u in your house dis year. nor were you tlkin all dat when your fans where wearing paperbags on your heads. just like every saints fan.BAND WAGGON JUMPERS

falconsboy12

January 3rd, 2011
10:10 am

i like how all of a sudden his comment disappears

Johnny Fever

January 3rd, 2011
10:41 am

Congrates to smitty, mr.blank and all of the falcons for a great season!

Thanks Falcons

January 3rd, 2011
10:52 am

Thank you Mr Blank,you have done an awesome job with the Falcons.You are the best owner in all of sports.

FalcFan

January 3rd, 2011
11:01 am

NFC SOUTH CHAMPS!!!!!!! The toughest division in the NFL and we won it!!!!!

gadome

January 3rd, 2011
11:59 am

Falcons are due a big thanks for a well played season 13-3 wow you even beat Mark Bradley’s prediction of a 12-4 season for which he got bashed for thinking the falcons were that good.

Eric

January 3rd, 2011
12:45 pm

Anybody else catch Dunta getting burned all day long yesterday? The INT was a desperation throw at the end of the game. Earlier he let several WR’s run right by him for completions and almost gave up a huge play that was dropped.

Why do we play with such cushion on the outside anyway? Belichick and and the Pats play almost every down in press coverage and he stresses getting a good jam on the receivers at the line. Why don’t we do that? Seems to work for them considering they hardly have shutdown corners themselves…..

magic565man

January 3rd, 2011
1:25 pm

Falcons will win the superbowl……..RISE UP ATL…….THIS IS OUR TIME………THIS IS OUR CITY…………NO WAY WE LOSE IN THE DOME IN THE PLAYOFFS………………NOT POSSIBLE……………..SUPERBOWL…………..

Falcons Chic

January 3rd, 2011
1:29 pm

The husband was questioning Dunta taking the interception vs. batting down to secure 4th down. I said, ” ball control ” … and the fact he wanted to nail that puppy in the regular season with his price tag!! We won, we’re Dome-inating and it’s now in our control until the SB or until we muff one.

Again, hoping someone has a minute or two of the water and gatorade baths. I really want to save those or put them on my FB page. This is NOT for profit, NFL. It is for continued enjoyment by a long term fan.

Blake

January 3rd, 2011
1:37 pm

where’s SeenthisB4?… He/She said It was just a matter of time before The Saints took their rightful place on top of the division.Remember tick,tick,tick,tick,tick,tick,tick,tick.That’s the clock ticking before the Aints come back In our building.The Falcons so want to avenge the team photograph and the peeing Incident on our logo,(If that actually happened).They have to get by Seattle first.I told those smack talkin’ fans that they could get smacked down by the Bucs In their own building.Where are all those aints fans now?

G

January 3rd, 2011
2:22 pm

We won’t be playing the Saints. Green Bay will definitely beat the Eagles. And we should be way more worried about the Pack. They are much more dangerous than the Saints. The Falcons didn’t open up the playbook againts the Aints so they wouldn’t give anything away incase of a meeting in the Playoffs. Thats why im not worried about them. But we should have lost to GB earlier. Hopefully we don’t get out coached like in Arizona 2 years ago.

iceBIRDcold

January 3rd, 2011
3:31 pm

WHERE are the Grimes haters from earlier this year?

Dunta you got an interception but you were constantly chasing recievers who DID’NT catch the ball yesterday. Good teams would have made you look silly. Get your game tight for the “Playoffs” please.

real falcon fan

January 3rd, 2011
7:47 pm

i hope B.WILLAMS IS OK! DUNTA ROB. IS A CLASS ACT,THIS WHOLE TEAM IS GREAT,THEY TRULY CARE ABOUT EACHOTHER,AND THEIR COACHES! YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE WAY THEY PLAY ,THEY EVEN INCLUDED MR.BLANK WITH A G-ADE SHOWER,THAT KIND OF RESPECT IS USUALLY SAVED FOR COACHES ONLY! CONGRATS FALCONS ON A JOB WELL DONE,NOW IT’S TIME FOR ROUND 2 TO BEGIN THE PLAYOFF’S SHOULD BE MEMORABLE! GO MIGHTY FALCON’S!

David

January 3rd, 2011
8:23 pm

It took Dunta Robinson 16 games to make a play. Maybe if he would cut that long stringy hair he could see the ball.

bcinbuford

January 3rd, 2011
9:37 pm

Way to go Falcons!! This is an awesome year to date. Let this not be the end. Fact is, yes I would like to see the Falcons get the easier road to the Superbowl, but if we have to BEAT the ‘Aints and Iggles to get there it would only be sweeter!! Time to get three chin straps out for the playoffs, cause the Falcons are ready to play some smash-mouth football!

bcinbuford

January 3rd, 2011
9:39 pm

Hey Roddy, that is “SMASH”-mouth, not “SMACK”-mouth!

jarvis

January 3rd, 2011
10:27 pm

@wilddave
this is the team 2nd number one seed in team history(1998, the superbowl year).

Mwilk

January 3rd, 2011
11:17 pm

I hate to be negative on this one…but overall I have been disappointed by Dunta’s play. As he implied, the league has determined that Mr. Small (Grimes) is Mr. Big when it comes to coverage and tackling. So they have figured out that perhaps Dunta’s the weak link. It seems that he consistently plays off receivers (even inside the 10 yardline at times!); he’s gotten beaten frequently; and misses a lot of tackles.

We really need Dunta to play MUCH tighter coverage.

Mwilk

January 3rd, 2011
11:19 pm

Correction Jarvis…We couldn’t have been the #1 seed in 1998. Remember, we beat Minnesota in Minneapolis for the Championship Game. This means they had to be the higher seed that year…unless of course the Georgia Dome was shut down due to snow coming through the roof!

Eric

January 4th, 2011
12:57 am

Minny was 15-1 in ‘98 and had the #1 seed. The Falcons finished 14-2 (still their best ever regular season winning %) and held the #2 seed getting a home game against SF before traveling to Minneapolis. The 1980 Falcons were the only other #1 seed in Atlanta history.

S

January 5th, 2011
7:40 pm

This team has to go out and earn respect, on a national level. Ryan should get his first playoff win. I suspect they- the media will be talking a lot about the Falcons in the near future..

Gamer

January 6th, 2011
2:04 pm

CONGRATULATIONS TO DUNTA ON FIRST INTERCEPTION!!!

HOPEFULLY, DUNTA CAN PICK SIX’S ALL THE WAY TO 2011 SUPERBOWL…GO FALCONS!!!!