Falcons head coach Mike Smith on Sunday's 31-24 win over the St. Louis Rams: “I thought that was a hard fought football game between two physical football teams, and we were able to prevail. We were able to make enough plays during the game to get the win. We obviously have a lot of things to correct.”
Smith on the adjustments needed once the injuries started: "It put a lot of guys out on the field that normally would not have the number of snaps that they had. It was compounded by using those backups or the guys that play on special teams. It was tough; a lot of guys stepped up on both sides of the ball today that were called on. Their role changed from the opening kickoff to the end of the game.”
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Ryan on the Falcons' final touchdown drive: "At that time we were in a one-score game and we had not really had a good drive in the second half up to that point. It was at that time, at that juncture of the game, that you have to go out and you have to make plays then or it's not going to happen. We stepped up to that task. I thought that our offensive line did a really good job the entire day and even in the third quarter, we just got behind the chains. We were in third and really long and when you do that against that defense, particularly their pass rush, it makes it really difficult. They led the league in sacks last year and we saw today that they're pretty good. Other than that I thought collectively we did a good job."
Ryan on the 81-yard touchdown to Jones: "First and foremost we did a great job in identification of the pass protection. They had kind of a different front than we had seen from them thus far. Peter (Konz) did a great job of identifying it at the center spot. He got everybody situated up front and got the protection slid the right way so that we had a chance in the back end. It was just one-high man coverage and we tried to work the safety to the left side to give (Julio) a chance and he just ran a great route. I threw the ball probably 20 yards. He did most of the work."
Jones on feeling the need to step up after the injuries: "No, I just did my job. This offense is full of playmakers, and we have guys that can step in and carry the load and won't miss a beat. That's what we thrive on. Coach always tells us, everybody is one play away. You know you have to prepare yourself mentally as well. If you're not getting those reps in practice just mentally prepare yourself. Jason Snelling stepped up and
Umenyiora on his interception: "I don't know, the ball just kind of bounced off the guy's hand, and I saw it and picked it off. Crazy enough, that's the first interception I've ever had in my life. I was able to score with it. I'm just happy to help this team win."
Snelling on his increased playing time: "This game is every-changing and you have to be ready on any given play. We know we have to make plays regardless of which player is on the field. This is the mentality we have as a team and I'm happy we were able to demonstrate that today against the Rams."