WHAT THEY SAID: Falcons vs. Dolphins

“It’s all about finding ways to get W’s. Regardless of who was playing out there, I think everybody gave great effort, but we need better execution. It’s a production league and it’s a production game and we didn’t produce as well as needed to today.”

— Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the loss

“I thought we ran the ball really well today. There were just some mistakes. On the last one, I’ve got to do a better job on the last play in the red zone when they sent pressure and I had to throw the ball away. I’ve got to be better in that situation. I’ve got to find a way to get it out and get it in our playmakers’ hands and give our guys a chance to make the play. I think it just came down to some mistakes and that’s something we have to try to get cleaned up.”

— Ryan on the team’s red-zone offense

“We don’t look at it as, these guys are down, as an excuse. That’s football. Guys are going to get hurt and you have to get ready to play week in and week out. I feel like we have enough playmakers on this team win, so if a couple of guys are down, we just have to go out there and make up for it.”

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White on the team’s injuries

“It wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t (a) good game. I mean, we lost.”

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones on his strong performance

“I missed the last one. You got to go out and win. Get ready for the next one. This one is over with. Can’t do anything about it now. There’s 13 more games left in the regular season. Do your best each game to try to get into the playoffs.”

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant on a kick that would have put the Falcons up 26-20 with 4:46 to play

“Yep. That was a typical game from playing with the Falcons. They’ve been in a lot of games like that. It was the same thing. It did have the familiar feeling.”

Miami cornerback Brent Grimes, formerly of the Falcons

“Our whole team has a lot of faith in Ryan. He made a lot of plays down the stretch when we had to. It showed that we had faith. Nobody doubted him on the sidelines. We were all hoping that he would make that drive and we felt like he would. He stepped up and made some big throws.”

— Grimes on Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill

“We made the plays. In the fourth quarter in the NFL, when you’re down, that’s what you have to do to be a successful football team.”

Miami tackle Tyson Clabo, formerly of the Falcons

“I don’t know. It’s something that we are going to have to address obviously. I cannot tell you right now what caused those situations.”

— Clabo on the Dolphins’ pass protection that allowed five sacks

“That’s hard to do in this league. I’m just proud of the guys. There was no doubt ever in anyone’s mind.”

— Clabo on the Dolphins’ late game-winning drive

“There was a big emphasis on the run game. We knew if we could run the ball, we could control the clock. We did that well. The big thing that hurt us was that we couldn’t finish in the red zone. We need touchdowns. That’s what we really need to improve on, to score more points.”

Falcons center/guard Joe Hawley

“It’s a long season. It’s something that we shouldn’t focus on. We should focus on getting better each week and the O-line coming together as a group, because we have a lot of new guys out there.”

— Hawley on the team’s 1-2 start

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