What the Falcons had to say after their 45-32 win over the Saints

MOHAMED SANU, wide receiver

“It was a great team win and it all starts up front with the blocking. All of the guys up front, every day, tell us

we’ll give Matt (Ryan) the time for us to get open and that’s what they did out there. We’re a brotherhood, and

that’s what we are all about. We’re now leading the division, and we intend to keep the momentum going.

JAKE MATTHEWS, left tackle

“It is really exciting to run the ball like we did tonight. We mixed up the play-calling and I thought it caught

them (Saints) off balance a little bit on the defense. We were all up to the challenge out there. Coming into this

stadium and winning on the road; we’re really proud of the victory.”

(On pre-game ceremony locking arms with Saints players): “We talked about that as a team, and decided it

would be a good idea to show a united front.”

DEION JONES, linebacker

(On his 90-yard interception for a touchdown): “While I was running, it seemed to be going in slow motion.

When I got near the end zone, I said to myself, ‘I have got to get across the line and get in.’ It was just amazing

to come back here and play in front of all of my fellow New Orleanians as well as in front of my entire family.

It was a blessing. It was like a dream come true.”

TYSON JACKSON, defensive tackle

“You’ve got to tip your hat off to those guys behind us; making a lot of plays and also scoring points. Also, I

credit the offense. They scored a lot of points and converted a lot of third downs to keep us off the field; that

was huge. Anytime you win a game in this league that’s a big deal, but it is even more so because we won a

game in our own division. I’ve always had a good track record coming into the Superdome, and I hope to keep

it up. I had about 30 people come to the game and cheer me on. It was tough getting tickets and such, but that

comes with the territory when you come back home. It was just a great win for us.”

RICARDO ALLEN, free safety

(On Jones’ 90-yard TD interception): “The ball popped up in the air and he (Deion Jones) caught it. I know his

40 (yard dash time) is pretty fast, and I knew no one was going to catch him. I mean, when it happened, all of us

just stopped for a moment. Then he took off and once he got clear, we knew he wasn’t going to get caught.”

“Just to win a divisional game in itself is big, but to come into another team’s stadium and perform like we did

and get a win in front of their fans is amazing.”


“We’ve beat them before on a Thursday night, but on Monday night they’ve had our number the last few years.

To go out there and get the victory against them tonight; it is going to make the ride home so much sweeter.”

(On Jones’ 90-yard interception for a TD): “I mean, it was great to see that and to see Deion (Jones) take it all

the way into the end zone. It was awesome to see him run down the sideline, and also for all of our guys on the

sideline to cheer him on as he was running the length of the field. It had to be really emotional for him being

back home and all, but it was also really emotional for me to be out there and see him do that. I’m just so happy

for him. If we play ball like that this season, we’ll be all right. For right now, it sure feels great to be in first

place (in the division).”

(On pre-game gesture): “It was something all of the team captains talked about before the game, and it was

awesome to lock arms with the Saints and have a moment of silence. That happened because what we do is so

much more than the game, and I think we got that message across.”

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