Detroit — The Falcons defensive plan was simple. They wanted to disrupt Detroit’s Georgia-Georgia Tech connection.
They didn’t want Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, a former Bulldog, and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, a former Yellow Jacket, to have a field day on Sunday at Ford Field.
“We missed opportunities,” Stafford said. “I missed Calvin on a touchdown pass. There were some other opportunities in the game where we just didn’t connect.”
The Falcons sacked Stafford three times and had six quarterback hits.
“We got to Stafford,” middle linebacker Curtis Lofton said. “He never felt comfortable back there the entire game.”
Several players on the defense contended that this was their best overall showing of the season.
“We set the standard for ourselves today. … I would say it’s the most complete game that we’ve played so far,”