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What They Said: Falcons At Panthers


Head coach Mike Smith on a disappointing day on third down: "Well, our third-down efficiency on both sides of the ball. I think the three field goals that they kicked were the only times that they were stopped on third down there in the red zone. We got some red zone stops, didn't force a punt in the first half, and the time of possession was so skewed that you really didn't get an opportunity to get going. Those were the things that are most disappointing now."

QB Matt Ryan on if Sunday's game is a bump in the road to the playoffs: "Absolutely. I think we've got a veteran locker room and guys that have been around. We've lost games before and I think one of the things you learn as you have experience in this league is that if you play poorly one week, you can't let that turn into two weeks. We've done a good job rebounding in the past and that's what we need to do this week."

Center Todd McClure on if the longer break between games made a difference: "We just didn't come out and execute today and they scored more points than we did. They
played better football in all three phases and it's something we can learn from. We have to get going. We have to get to playing our best football this time of the year."

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on the improved effort from the D in the second half: "We always feel like we can win. Guys came out with proper intensity. We gave up that big run
and that's one that really got us, put us behind the eight ball a little bit. Ultimately we fought back, but it just wasn't enough today."

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