“Rod’s one of my all time favorites. He’s an unbelievable competitor,” Ryan said. “The last two weeks in critical situations and in third-down situations, he’s come up with huge plays for us. I couldn’t ask for a better guy to be around, couldn’t ask for a better guy in the locker room and you couldn’t ask for a better guy in a critical situation in a game to step up and make a play.”
With over four minutes remaining in the game, White caught a 17 yard pass pushing the Falcons’ offense to the Panthers’ 22-yard line.
“I thought Roddy, some of the crossing routes he had were just tremendous catches,” coach Dan Quinn said. “We put a lot of time and emphasis into that, in the third-downs and the red zone to make sure we’re capitalizing off those. That emphasis has certainly paid off.”
The Falcons had 373 total offensive yards and were 9-of-15 in third-down conversions. The Panthers’ had 268 total offensive yards and were 4-of-10 on third-down.
“I wanted to beat them because we got skunked two weeks ago. That was the reason I wanted to win the game more than anything,” White said. “Them being 14-0, (my motivation wasn’t) anything like that. I just wanted to put on a better performance coming into it as a team and we did that today.”
Despite their 38-0 loss to the Panthers on Dec. 13, the Falcons’ showed drastic improvement in controlling the game after snapping a six-game losing streak over the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday.
“When we played really poorly two weeks ago, I viewed this game as a measuring stick of right now that’s the best that the NFL has to offer,” Quinn said. “We were at our worst against their best and I wanted to know what our best looked like against their best.”