CHARLOTTE – Calvin Ridley found his way into the end zone in the third quarter and after catching a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan.
After catching the ball, Ridley danced in a circle pretending as if he was playing an air guitar.
The celebration was dedicated to his mother, Kassna Daniels, who turned 50 on Sunday.
“It was something she [does] at the house, so I just copied what she [does],” Ridley said following the game.
Ridley took advantage of every opportunity thrown his way, finishing the day as Atlanta’s leading receiver with eight catches for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Matt Ryan said he didn’t get a chance to see the celebration and plans to check it out but did express his excitement to see Ridley’s hard work pay off.
“To see him get in, he works so hard,” Ryan said. “He grinds at practice and he’s such a great competitor. He’s always so excited when he makes plays, so it’s cool to see him do that. I’m happy for him.”
In his only two games at Bank of America Stadium, Ridley has caught 11 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
“I don’t know what it is but I kind of live here a little bit,” Ridley said. “Just a good game plan, I felt good today, I ran good today, the plays were made.”
Ridley’s play helped the Falcons to their third win of the season as they now move to 3-7 and 2-0 in the NFC South.