“Different games are going to take on different dynamics and we knew that we had to run the football. Believe it or not, even though the statistics don’t show it, in the first half, we felt like we were very close. We knew if we could get it to the second level, our wide receivers were doing a great job blocking downfield. We just weren’t as efficient as we needed to be in the first half, but we knew we needed to continue to keep running the football. It paid dividends for us there in that half.”
–Falcons coach Mike Smith on sticking with the running game.
“Anyway you can find a way to win is a positive in this league. I think that is a very good football team we played against tonight and a very good defense. We had some opportunities and sure we need to clean some things up and try and improve in some areas, but at the end of the day it’s about finding ways to win and I think our team did a good job with that tonight.”
–Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on offensive production, but lack of touchdowns.
“This was a great win for our football team. Though it was a slug-fest in the first half, we made soem big plays in the end to seal the victory. I was fortunate enough to get opportunities to catch the ball and help the offense put some points on the board. It was total team win.”
–Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones
“No matter what, there is always going to be doubters. It doesn’t matter. As long as we believe in this locker room that’s all that matters.”
–Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers on doubters
“We have to go down to New Orleans and we know what time it is down there. Every week it is going to get tougher, but we’ve got a team that can rise to the occasion.”
–Falcons safety William Moore on New Orleans
“Me personally, I don’t really care if they notice or not. I’m a person who has been fighting for respect my whole life. It don’t really matter to me if we get the respect or not as long as we get where we need to get and do what we need to do, I’m happy.”
–Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel on respect
“We’ve got veteran leadership over here. It’s how we approach the game every day. We practice hard, we play hard. We want to win. We want to make the city proud. It means a lot to us.
“We step on the practice field as a champion. That’s what we believe in our hearts: we are champions. And we play with confidence and swag and that’s what I think it’s about. We have got a good team with a bunch of explosive players on defense and offense.”
–Samuel on leadership
“To come this far it speaks volumes of how I come to work every day and how I prepare myself to get ready to play football games.”
–Falcons wide receiver Roddy White on becoming the team’s all-time receptions leader
“We were trying to chip them and do everything we could to keep them off of Matt. Somehow, they kept getting in clean. They did a good job mixing up their defensive fronts, too. They caught us in some bad looks there.”
–Falcons running back Michael Turner on protecting Matt Ryan
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