QUOTABLE: What the players were saying . . .

Falcons defensive back Dunta Robinson (23) breaks up a touchdown pass by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10). Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

Falcons defensive back Dunta Robinson (23) breaks up a touchdown pass by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10). Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

DUNTA ROBINSON

ON BEING DOWN 10: We had a lot of football to play. We’ve been down before. Just keep your composure and keep fighting. We understood coming into this game that it wasn’t going to be an easy win. We knew it was going to be a battle. A back and forth football game. We had to keep our composure.

ON THE HIT ON MACLIN: I saw him catch the ball. Last year, they said the receiver didn’t have time to see. He was a defenseless receiver. I saw him catch the ball. I saw him run, trying to get up field to score. So me as a defender, if I whiff on him, he’s probably is going to run around me and score a long touchdown. This is a physical football game. That’s the way I play. If don’t play that way, I wouldn’t make it in this league. I definitely didn’t think it was a dirty play. I’m not a dirty player. I don’t go out there and hit players illegally.

CHANGES IN THE SECONDARY: We’ll take all of the bodies that we can get. I think Kelvin [Hayden] and James [Sanders] stepped in and did tremendous jobs for guys that have only been in the system for two or three weeks. I think they came in and did an amazing job.

JAMES SANDERS

ON STARTING: It felt good to get out there with the guys, but I personally have a lot of work to do. That was my first extended action on the field this entire season. I only played one quarter in the preseason. I’ve got a lot of work to do. I need to get better week to week. Today I had a chance to go out there and put something on film.

HOW DID THE UNIT PLAY OVERALL: We played well. As a defense we take pride in taking the ball away from the offense. We did that today. There are things we still need to improve on, but we are getting better.

ON KELVIN HAYDEN’S INTERCEPTION: I had some pressure on [Michael] Vick. I had to break down so as to not let him break the pocket. He stepped up and Spoon had a good hit on him when he delivered the ball. Kelvin made a great play.

RAY EDWARDS

ON HIS BIG RUN: I scooped it and was trying to score, but I got caught.

ON PLAYING SOME NOSE TACKLE IN THE 30-NICKEL: It was fun. I definitely respect our defensive tackles, going against three guys, it’s 3 against 1 when we are in the 30 defense. I got a little bit of push inside. It was fun. Everybody tried to do their job and that’s what we did to win the game.

ON THE UNIT’S OVERALL PLAY: We made some big plays. That’s what we thrive on. We wanted to give our offense a short field. That’s the name of the game.

SAM BAKER

HOW TOUGH WAS IT IN THE TRENCHES: We just had to fight and claw for everything that we got. We are lucky that we put some drives together at the end and we came out on top.

ON THE LATE DRIVES: Going to the no-huddle really like helped us get a rhythm. Throwing the ball and running the ball. That definitely helped down the stretch.

ON SPRINGING TURNER ON THE 61-YARD TRAP PLAY: Matt [Ryan] saw the look and called a great play right there. Tyson Clabo and Garrett Reynolds really blew open a huge hole. It was one of those plays you’ll always remember.

SEAN WEATHERSPOON

ON THE DEFENSE: They got so many weapons, you knew they were going to get something. But I felt like some of the stuff, we gave them. They came out and we played hard. We knew it was just going to be one of those fourth quarter games. We had to keep our composure.

ON RAY EDWARDS’ RUN: He was rumbling and stumbling. I was over there by him when I say him pick it up. I tried to turn around and block Jackson, but he’s fast. Ray came up with a big one.

ON CHASING AROUND VICK: I grew up playing video games with him. It was nothing like being out there. When he runs, you have to get on your horse. It was fun though.

RODDY WHITE

ON BEING DOWN 10: We just wanted to score. We wanted to get it in and score a touchdown. We just had to score.

ON PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT GOING 0-2: We weren’t panicking. We just knew we had to put a drive together. That was the biggest things. We were sitting around looking at each other and saying, hey when we get this ball back we have to put a drive together and score. We went and did that and I was happy.

ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE: We’ve got some young guys in there, but it’s always tough. They are trying to figure out the game. This is their first year. There were a lot of things they were doing, line stunts and things like that to try to confuse us.

ON TONY GONZALEZ: The old man was balling.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Great Falconi

September 19th, 2011
3:08 am

Stupid hit by Dunta. The league might suspend him for the game against the Bucs. That being said, Nnamdi Asomugha went helmet-to-helmet on Roddy. Let’s hope he gets fined.

Great Falconi

September 19th, 2011
3:10 am

Oh, and Sam Baker got owned by Trent Cole.

We won that game with guts, grit, and Ryan calling the plays in the no-huddle.

CaliDirtyBird

September 19th, 2011
4:57 am

Definitely not the best play by Dunta but the beagles also got away with a helmet to helmet hit on Ryan.

Falcon James

September 19th, 2011
5:16 am

Is it just me or is Turner only good for one quarter. He also get caught from behind a bunch. Dunta need to retire.
Baker got his hat handed to him all game and we lucky Ryan was not the one leaving with a concussion. Ryan may not make it throught the season if Baker is the one who got his back all year.

VinnyD

September 19th, 2011
5:34 am

Tony has to be the game MVP for us. He was a savior on offense.

Decatur Falcon

September 19th, 2011
6:29 am

Sam Baker is doing to get Matt Hurt- It has become obvious that he was a long reach for a left tackle.

DC Dirty Bird

September 19th, 2011
6:41 am

Right now, Sam Baker is looking like the biggest mistake TD has made so far. We could have picked up Bryant McKinnie and gotten better play. We’re going to have to run more plays with the TE or FB chipping the DE to give his some help.
Dunta’s play wasn’t the best looking play, but his helmet went for the ball not for Maclin’s head. It was a high tackle but you don’t cause fumbles with leg tackles. There’s no flag or lip by Chris Collinsworth if Maclin doesn’t go down and stay down.

Falcon in DC

September 19th, 2011
7:03 am

@DC Dirty Bird…You are right. Rarely will you see an NFL Left Tackle get beat like that all night. Trent Cole is a hard pass rusher to contain, but Baker put some stuff on film that I think other teams will try to exploit.

antman

September 19th, 2011
7:11 am

The 57 million dollar man is going to hurt us, not for his hits but for his inability to cover. Brint Grimes the 1.5 million $ man has become the shut down corner. Every team now know that Dunta can’t cover. But with all said; good win FAlcons

antman

September 19th, 2011
7:11 am

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perk

September 19th, 2011
7:31 am

Falcon James: agree on Ryan-I thought he tore up his knee on that one play. He was bent backwards and sideways. Baker got whupped all nite. Thought Bobo was calling the sprint draw there for 14 plays. Great win – lucky that Maclin drops that ball.

SickAndTired

September 19th, 2011
7:37 am

Nice to see the Falcons stand up and win. Collinsworth was atrocious. You’d have thought Robinson had tortured and killed dogs and been imprisoned or something. Also, why no penalty on the thug DLineman for Philly bending Matt Ryan backwards trying to break his neck and leg then getting up and pushing his head to the ground?

Michael M.

September 19th, 2011
7:44 am

No Guts, No Glory, Say what you will about Matt Ryan, but the Kid is like the Everready Battery, he just goes on and on and on and keeps on winning ! Thats the difference in the Great quarterbacks in the NFL !

DC Falcon

September 19th, 2011
7:47 am

Defense played much better despite the points given up. Dunta was the exception, he was out of position most of the game. The O-line is gonna get Matt killed if they dont get some help in there. Great LB and D-line play for most of the game. Much better tackling overall. Special Teams coverage was fantastic.

Michael M.

September 19th, 2011
8:02 am

They do need to look at signing some beef on that offensive line because its what is keeping the Birds from putting points on the board and even keeps the running game from getting going. That line is terrible ! ! ! ! !
They fix that problem, the Birds can keep winning ! thats only thing really wrong with the Team ! You can’t tell me that losing Harvey to the Rams, that just that one guy was the difference to that line ! There has to be someone or some two out there that Atlanta can get to fix that line.
We keep saying this and fussing about it and the coaching staff and management seem to really do nothing

I usually just read but....

September 19th, 2011
8:05 am

Chris Collinsworth, just dang. What a pain to have to listen to. wishy-washy side jumping gaytor. Great game, go Falcons. Good tackling last night

Larry

September 19th, 2011
8:13 am

I feel great about the win, but, when honest, deep in my heart I know this team has too many weaknesses to overcome the elite teams in the league.

Why does it seem that our past three opponent’s (Packers, Bears and Eagles) wide receivers are so frequently wide open while every throw Ryan has to make the defenders are attached to our wide receivers? I think bad coaching by both our OC and DC.

We have one of the weakest OL’s in the game, and possibly the game’s weakest Left Tackle.

We have possibly the weakest punter in the league that is also allowing returns on nearly every kickoff.

We are still getting gashed by running backs.

Mike Smith is on the hook for hiring and standing by the most predictable OC in the game, and clearly the weakest and most under qualified and inept DC in the game, BVG.

One person saved this game…Matt Ryan’s will to win and his own play-calling in the huddle offense!

Great win

September 19th, 2011
8:15 am

I have to agree about Collinsworth. I used to think he was alright but he sounded like he’d lost his mind last night. Great form tackling especially Spoon. That is kind of a weird D with the ends crashing into our Tackles like that. Great win.

Michael M.

September 19th, 2011
8:20 am

Weems needs to start covering that ball on those returns instead of letting it roll down inside the ten yard line and putting the Team back in the Endzone too. I notice this year he is doing a terrible job on punt and kickoff returns ! And take a knee back there too if you don’t see a good opportunity to run it out. Its better to start on the 20 than inside your 5 !

Testiclese

September 19th, 2011
8:21 am

Good Lord, we just beat the self-ordained “Dream Team” and all we hear about is the glaring weaknesses of our squad?

When you beat the elite, you’re doing more right than wrong. Let this team gel. They’ll get tighter and tighter each week. Green Bay & NO will be tough…but we have a damned good team.

Michael M.

September 19th, 2011
8:26 am

They better Gel extra Quick cause the Bucs just had a come from behind Win yesterday and they are going to be just as Tough as the Nightmare Team last night and that u can truly bank on !

T4

September 19th, 2011
8:39 am

Kept hoping Collinsworthless was going to go over the middle for a pass and have Dunta have a launch at him. I’d have paid the fine, would have been worth it to shut him up. Falcons are going to be alright. Still trying to get adjusted.

Infamous

September 19th, 2011
9:03 am

Dunta didn’t break up that pass. Luckily he dropped it because he was wide open. Dunta owes us some money back. #BuyersRemorse

SirReal

September 19th, 2011
9:11 am

Geez….we won the game guys.lol Yeah we have a few issues ( SAM BAKER!!!!! )but so does every other team. Last week they looked like a 9-7 team at best but after tonight, that changes a bit. NO team will be clicking on all cylinders until mid season so lets just enjoy a hard fought win and assess stuff tomorrow.

Infamous

September 19th, 2011
9:16 am

I guess Roddy should have laid on the ground until the trainers arrived to get the penalty for helmet-to-helmet against the eagles. It was the same play; yet no call. Only difference was laying on the ground. I believe the trainers were already on the field before the flag was ever thrown. #RefsBeConsistent

G

September 19th, 2011
9:22 am

Great win! First off Dunta’s hit wasn’t that bad. Maclin had already turned his head and was running forward. Asomugha had a helmit to helmit on the same type of play ( I think he hit Roddy). Horse collar tackle on Ryan when his knee got bent backwards. Helmit to helmit on Ryan by Jenkins. They constantly called us for holding but never called hands to the face on Babin when his hands were in Clabos facemask the whole game. Refs were atrocious. Anyone see C. Owens make his first play of his career! Oh and Robinson wasn’t on Maclin on the dropped pass. That would be Owens getting beat.

ATL_98

September 19th, 2011
9:24 am

i was especially irritated when collinsworth was running at the mouth. we all witnessed cullin jenkins flat out head butt matt ryan and the safety for the eagles lead with his helmet on roddy white! but it seemed like the refs turned the other way. that rule is stupid anyway, how can you dislodge the football if you have to wrap up those speedy receivers? i remember when those kind of hits were praised, it was even on madden (remember the HIT STICK)!!! but Goodell has these league going soft. Im just glad he made the tackle instead of letting Maclin score!

ATL in FLA

September 19th, 2011
9:26 am

You could tell that Collinsworth is an Eagles homer, and it was fulfilling to hear him writhe in torment… Would like to see more of the no-huddle to offset Mularkey’s awesome play calling… Would like to see J. Jones get the ball more (hes killing my fantasy team lol)

showmebettr

September 19th, 2011
9:52 am

Fantastic win for the Falcons!!!! Beef up that OL and find a LT (Baker ain’t the one). Matt is at his best when we go no huddle and get the protection he needs and deserves…we’ll be fine!! Seems like Hayden and Sanders is what the defense has been missing..loved it!!! Refs got it wrong on both of the Abraham calls…yet they drove Ryan in the ground and no flag…lousy officiating

ATL in FLA

September 19th, 2011
10:02 am

Also how was that MMA style tackle on Ryan legal?

Billy

September 19th, 2011
10:07 am

I wonder how the Eagles got so perfect with the refs and that idiot Collinsworthless Dunta lead with his shoulder on Macklin, then he lowered his helment Dunta hit the side of the helment glancing blow, no one ever said anything when happened to Roddy. Also no holding calls on the Eagles or blocks in the back I saw at least 3 of each one right in front of the ref on one of there screen pass. Ryan was had one blow helment to helment, one horse collar, Babin got away with late hit on Ryan after he hands to face on Clabo, and the initial grounding call on Ryan wasn’t even close but since they threw flag on the Eagles they had to do one so it would off set.

G

September 19th, 2011
10:12 am

Did anyone see that play with Julio jumping in endzone for warmups? Why dont we try a fade on the goalline?

Mike B

September 19th, 2011
10:15 am

Somebody please fire that idiot collinsworth God we had to beat the refs and that idiot collinsworth last night he is a punk that continually runs his fat mouth about the falcons shut your punk mouth already.

Falcon Red

September 19th, 2011
10:15 am

@Larry…you said everything I was thinking. Except you left out how terrible Dunta is!

G

September 19th, 2011
10:22 am

Dunta is not that terrible. Anyone else think that Maclin dropped that final pass bc he heard the footsteps of Dunta in his head?

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 19th, 2011
10:40 am

I was at the GA Dome last night and I have to say that the officiating crew last night had to be the obsolute worst officials that I have ever witnessed at an NFL game.

I also agree with all of the folks who are calling out Sam Baker. He got beat all game long last week by Julius Peppers in Chicago and he got beat all night long last night by Trent Cole. The Falcons have got to find someone to replace him soon or Ryan won’t make it through the season without getting hurt.

SCFalcon

September 19th, 2011
10:47 am

There is no way Sam Baker deserves to start against Tampa! If he is our best option at left tackle, we are in serious trouble. That was an embarassing effort! Can we convince Flozelle Adams out of retirement? I’d rather have him….

jerseyfalcon

September 19th, 2011
10:51 am

What about that “roughing” call that JA got on Kafka??? He slightly hit the guy while holding him up so he wouldn’t fall..and THAT gets roughing the passer?? Meanwhile Dunta gets a flag for using his houlder…babin didnt get a flaf for whipping Ryan to the ground and when Jenkins used his helmet to smack Ryan in the first quarter….if they’re going to let women play in the NFL just do it now.

ctfalconsfan

September 19th, 2011
11:07 am

DOL?!?!?!??! You need to step up and ask the tough questions and not accept their very basic statements/answers:

SAM BAKER????

The questions should have been:

“How did it feel to get man handled out there on national tv”
“Can you remember a game in your pro, college or high school career where you were literally OWNED by your opponent?
“By accepting your game check do you feel you are stealing from the organization?

Robinson:

“what will you be doing over the next two weeks while your suspended for another stupid hit?”
“Do you understand the rules of the game?”

Randall Simmons

September 19th, 2011
11:07 am

Ron Mexico got knocked out by the Falcons.

The Eagles are a bunch of losers.

Curly

September 19th, 2011
11:20 am

Glad to see Falcons got nasty with the nasty Eagles………….That is what it’s going to take

Dunta SUX

September 19th, 2011
11:24 am

CUT THIS GUY! HE HAS NEVER DONE A DAM THING FOR THE FALCONS! OVERPAID, OVERRATED, HE IS THE WEAKEST LINK ON THE D

Paddy O

September 19th, 2011
11:26 am

ctfalcon – how many games have you played in the NFL, buddy? If ZERIO, then your just flapping your anal sphinctor smelling mouth.

dale in newnan

September 19th, 2011
11:44 am

I am sorry, but I do not have that big of a problem with the hit by Robinson. Did it deserve flag? Possibly. But it is a very fast game and the vectors taken to the ballcarrier can change very fast. I rather see him lay the wood to him than whiff. Reciever used to be a tough guy position, however the current crop of divas as turned the position into a snivelling bunch of wussies. And why didn’t Collingsworth lay into the Eagles for their several blows to the head that did not get called? He was exceptionlly partisan for a National Broadcaster.

birdfan

September 19th, 2011
11:56 am

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Chris P. Bacon

September 19th, 2011
12:00 pm

Came here for the Sam Baker Hate.
Left satisfied.

real falcon

September 19th, 2011
12:16 pm

great win falcons, sam baker needs to b replaced

ctfalconsfan

September 19th, 2011
12:25 pm

Paddy O

September 19th, 2011
11:26 am
ctfalcon – how many games have you played in the NFL, buddy? If ZERIO, then your just flapping your anal sphinctor smelling mouth.

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WOW!! So I call out Sam Baker for his TERRIBLE play and u write this comment????
I have to assume you didn’t watch the game or you don’t understand that it’s Sam Baker’s job to prevent that DL from crashing in on Ryan’s blind side?

So were you pleased with Sam’s efforts last night??

JONESBORO SLIM

September 19th, 2011
12:41 pm

I understand that the one real issue with Sam Baker is …his arms are to short and that doesn’t give him the leverage he need to fin off DE’s…and for those of you who type on this blog have exposed yourselve as knowing nothing about the game…Robinson is a good “corner” but if there is no pass rush (do the math) why do you think there were no deeper passes thrown against the Eagles…they had a great pass rush…ask Sam Baker, Hawley and Reynolds…and finally who is this guy that kick-off..he can’t get it in the endzone…Goodell moved the spot 5 yards to help him out….yes I agree the team has a lot work to do…..

DC Falcon Fan

September 19th, 2011
12:48 pm

I take it Sam Baker has not watch the movie “The Blindside”. Good win but he’s going to get Matt killed with play like that.