The Falcons lost a close game to start the season. They won a game in Week Two that ended up being closer than it originally seemed it would be.
After Atlanta’s 31-24 victory over the Rams, quarterback Matt Ryan spoke to PFT by phone.
“One thing I like about our team is we fight,” Ryan said regarding the 2013 edition of the franchise, which is now 1-1.
More fight was needed than expected after the Falcons 24-3 halftime lead began to evaporate. A pair of touchdowns by St. Louis cut the margin to seven, and a Falcons seven-pointer stretched the lead back to 14. The Rams made another run, with a late touchdown slicing the lead back to seven. Atlanta then milked the rest of the clock with a six-play drive.
So did Ryan have flashbacks about the 2012 playoffs games when the 21-point lead began to disappear?
“Obviously, we understand how the postseason played out with not finishing games,” Ryan said. “In the NFL, games go down to the wire all the time. Do we need to do more to finish games? Yes.”
A newcomer who will be expected to help finish games in the future helped the Falcons build their initial lead. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown.
“There may be some more of that in his future,” Ryan joked. “We’ll have to put some plays in for him on offense.”
The offense may need the assistance on offense soon, especially with running back Steven Jackson and fullback Bradie Ewing both injured. The Falcons head to 2-0 Miami next week, before hosting the 2-0 Patriots on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.