Falcons tackle Jake Matthews levels Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox to free up wide receiver Julio Jones (left) for the long game winning touchdown. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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What Falcons players said after 24-20 win over Eagles

Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews takes us through his key block on the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter and what other key players had to say after victory over the Eagles:

JAKE MATTHEWS, left tackle

On the block: “It worked out really well. We were just tying to get Julio room to run. That guy has proved time and again that if he’s out in space he’s going to score. I was glad to help him out.”

On the play: “I believe it was the call. I’d have to check. I think it was the call.”

On the block: “Screens are exciting, especially when they work. I’m just really happy that it worked out.”  

On the play: “The biggest thing is seeing the defense. Seeing what’s out there and seeing what you got. Screens are usually numbered. You have a number count. It’s taking a good release angle and practicing like we do every day during the week like we do. We did it pretty well there. I’m pretty glad that it worked out.”

On the timing: “That’s a big nuance to screens. The timing has to be perfect. A lot of times they are hard to work. The coaches do a really good job during the week. We have screen periods. Man, I’m just thankful that it worked out against this really good defense.”

On when he realized it was a TD: “I was on the ground. I popped up. I saw that he was gone. I was pretty sure that he was gone and I lost it.”

KEANU NEAL, strong safety

On the win: “You have to have short-term memory in this game. If you give up a play, you move on to the next one. When we scored, we had to stop and we did.”

On being tied for first place in the NFC South: “It’s one game at a time. Last game and now this game, we’ll just focused on this one. Now, we’ll move on to the next one.”

On the tackle on Zach Ertz to secure the win: “When I looked over. The biggest thing was to make sure that he wasn’t over (the first down line). After the tackle, we looked over and saw that he was short.”

On the tight game: “These games are awesome. They show the resilency and how we battle for each other and that we stick together.” 

On the run defense: “Just attacking, being aggressive and getting after that.”

On being 1-1: “We made mistakes throughout the game. But we stayed together. We were resilient. We came out with the W. We’ll celebrate and then it’s on to the next one.” 


On the win: “Any win is big, especially after the week we had. We just had to come out and play our style of ball. We didn’t feel like we played up to our standard last week. It was a good opponent to come back and get a good game against.”

On the stop of Zach Ertz at the end: “That was huge. It was a big stop when we needed it.”

On the defensive’s play: “That’s what we are capable of. Last week wasn’t an indication of that. It’s ball. Sometimes that happens. It was just a good situation for us to come back and bounce back.”

On bouncing back: “It’s the NFL. You can’t let one game determine who you are as a team. You just have to prepare every week the same and just go out there and play.” 


On his groin injury: “Yeah, it should be fine. Everything will be good. Just a little bit of treatment. Everything will be good.”

CALVIN RIDLEY, wide receiver  
On Julio Jones’ game-winning play: “He’s a beast. Fourth down, called a screen. We got it to our best player, and he made a great play. Whatever you have to do to get the win, you have to do it.”

On being prepared for tonight’s game: “Week one was just week one. That’s behind us. Week two we did whatever we had to do to get that win tonight. I’m just glad we got it. On to the next.”

On Matt Ryan’s performance: “They were sending a lot of blitzes. Matt Ryan played his butt off. I’m just happy we got the win.”

On Julio Jones breaking Roddy White’s yardage record: “He’s a great leader. He’s a great player. He’s just different. He’s one-of-a-kind.”

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