The Atlanta Falcons trials and tribulations finally got the best of them. The team that had remained undefeated despite squeaking out games against teams with losing records like the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and most recently the Dallas Cowboys, was unable to replicate the magic against the New Orleans Saints, who have won four of their last five, losing 31-27.
The best moments may not have been on the field, but in post-game press conferences. Falcons’ wide receiver Roddy White, who finished Sunday’s game with seven catches for 114 yards, made his feelings about who he felt the better team was very clear.
“It’s not like they came out here and won a game,” said White. “I think we kind of gave it to them. We play them in three weeks and we’ll be ready.”
White wasn’t the only player to talk a little smack, though. Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton, who left the Falcons after last season in free agency, made a few waves of his own.
“The team out on the field today was the reason why I came to the Saints,” said Lofton. “We’re finally starting to come together.”
The Saints were victorious despite a huge day from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan threw for a very impressive 411 yards and three touchdowns, outgaining the Saints’ Drew Bress by more than 100 yards.
Even more impressive in defeat was Falcons’ tight end Tony Gonzalez who grabbed his 100th and 101st career touchdown passes in the game. Gonzalez is only the eighth NFL player to reach 100 touchdowns and the first tight end ever to do it.
“It was great,” Gonzalez said of his record-setting TD grabs. “Of course, I’d rather it come in a victory. But you have to give Matt (Ryan) credit when he waited for me to get open and delivered the ball.”