FALCONS COACH MIKE SMITH
On team no blowing a big lead
Absolutely. The games in the NFL, they’re games that can change very quickly. Momentum swings happen. I thought we did a very good job after we threw the interception that was returned for a touchdown. We didn’t allow them to keep the momentum that they had for that one specific play.
WIDE RECEIVER JULIO JONES
On his big game
I just took it upon myself to make sure I got the proper rest and my timing was down with Matt and just kept working at it.”
QUARTERBACK MATT RYAN
On Julio Jones
It’s one of those things, it’s part of the game. He’s a very good player, but we think Julio is a really good player, too. He had a great game today. He went out and competed really hard and made some really good catches for us. I though he stepped up when we needed him to.”
More on Jones’ touchdown catch
We’d love to be opportunistic when you get the chance. Off a turnover, you’d love to be able to go ahead and score a touchdown with a short field. I think that was second down call for us. We ran first and then second down, we got the one-on-one press coverage we thought we might get, we took a chance. Julio adjusted really well to the ball. That was big.”
RETURNER DEVIN HESTER
On his penalthy
It was the wrong call on their part but it is too late to do anything about it.
WIDE RECEIVER HARRY DOUGLAS
On moving forward
“We are who we think we are. I know a lot of people look at records, but we do not. We try to be 1-0 each week. If we keep believing in each other and stay believing in each other and work hard every week in the mindset of being 1-0 each week, then I think we are going to be good.”
On Julio Jones’ big game
“He dominated the football game. I see it every day. I think he can be the best wide receiver to ever play the game down the line. He has that potential. “
RUNNING BACK STEVEN JACKSON
On his 100-yard game
“Just another day at the office. It’s something that I wanted but they didn’t bring me here for one. I need to be more consistent and that’s what I strive to do.”
KICKER MATT BRYANT
On career-high for points in a game
“I just try as hard as I can each time. I’ve adopted a mantra of ‘Do good today so that they’ll let you come back tomorrow.’ I’m not taking anything for granted and going out there and trying to get a win while doing my best.”
CORNERBACK DESMOND TRUFANT
On facing the Packers
“Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback on a great team but we are just going to go in there with confidence and be mentally tough. We know it is going to be a battle but we are up for it.”
FREE SAFETY DWIGHT LOWERY
On his interception
“Any time you get a turnover it’s huge and also when you capitalize on it, put points on the board, it’s huge boost for the football team, morale and all that stuff.”
STRONG SAFETY WILLIAM MOORE
On his return after missing seven games
“Throughout the week, I didn’t want to talk much because I had a level of expectation for myself. I wanted to go out there and not talk about it but be about it. That is one of the reasons I feel like I’m here, to try from a leadership standpoint, these guys have given me the torch. I’m going to take advantage of it.”
“I think we’ve been playing a lot better football since the bye week. Last week was kind of a disappointment. We did a good job of refocusing and coming out with a lot of intensity. The crowd was definitely into it. We’ve just got to try to keep it rolling, man. We’ve got a big game coming up and we need to go up there and keep this thing rolling.”
DEFENSIVE TACKLE COREY PETERS
On the win
“It’s a great feeling. Guys in this locker room believed even though we’ve faced adversity throughout the season. It’s been up and down. The guys in this locker room have showed a lot of character.”
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN JONATHAN BABINEAUX
On the defense
“I think we did a great job from the first snap of upping the tempo and playing fast and executing the plan we had. Just do what we do: no huddle, go fast, if you make mistakes live with it, make sure we finish.”
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