Falcons React, Respond After Loss to Bears

Falcons head coach Mike Smith assessing his team's loss on Sunday: "In terms of the ball game, we put ourselves in some tough situations, especially early on in the first half of the game. We were 1-5 on third downs and were not able to get anything going offensively. In converse, on the defensive side of the ball, we had a tough time slowing them down. I thought we fought back in the second half and tied the score up, but I believe we continued to have woes on third down on both sides of the football. Third and longs, giving them up on the defensive side, having some critical drops on the offensive side, and we weren't able to score any points in the fourth quarter of the football game; when you don't score in the fourth quarter, it's tough to win, especially the way this game went."

Falcons QB Matt Ryan on the team's recent lack of offensive production: "We have got to play better, first and foremost, I think across the board. We've had opportunities really in the past two weeks to make more plays than we have. I don't think we have to reinvent the wheel; we just have to play better. Starting with myself, when there's opportunities to convert and make plays, we've got to do it."

Ryan on knowing the team has the ability to play better: "We feel like we've got the guys to do it, but the key to success is doing it, not just feeling like you can do it. I think that we've got to find a way to get it done. Our preparation has been solid. Our performance hasn't been where it needs to be. This week and moving forward, we've got to find ways to make sure our performance is better on Sundays."

Falcons WR Devin Hester on the team's dropped balls in Sunday's loss: "It's tough. There are a lot of plays out there that we should've made that we didn't; who knows what would've been the outcome of the game had we made them, but we have to get more consistency."

Falcons RB Antone Smith on his 41-yard TD reception: "It was a great play call. Matt (Ryan) made a great throw and I made a great catch and the receivers did a great job of blocking on the inside. "

Smith on making the tackle on the kickoff, following his TD: "It's the will to win. I want to do whatever I need to do to help this team win. If I have to go out there and cover kicks, that's fine. I've been doing it since I've been here, so I take pride in that as well. When I go out there, I want to make the tackle. I want to be disruptive; that's all I try and do." 

Falcons C Peter Konz on rallying the team to respond: "I think this team is full of professionals. I think the players have the mental make-up to push through this tough stretch and find a way to get a win next week. We are going to work our butts off and prepare for the Baltimore Ravens."

Falcons TE Levine Toilolo on how he can improve: "I just think it's technique that I need to improve. For example, securing the catch, before trying to run is something I need to hone. The same catches I dropped are the same ones I make all the time. I just need to concentrate on the details and learn from my mistakes. I am confident that will happen."

Falcons LB Paul Worrilow on the team's mindset, entering a lengthy road trip: "You just press on. You re-evaluate after each game because it can change fast.  You need to put in the hard work, look at yourself, and see what you could have done better.  I think all 11 guys are going to do that.  You figure out a way to keep growing as a team, start playing as one, and play more consistently."

Falcons DE Jonathan Massaquoi assessing the loss and upcoming schedule: "In this League, everything changes. It is a week-by-week thing, so counting us out of the race means you all do not know football.  We still have a lot of games left to play. We still have a lot of faith in ourselves. All we have to do is pick one another up, get back up, and get ready for the Ravens next week."

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