You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Falcons’ Quinn says hit on Seattle’s Bennett ‘not a cheap shot’


Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett called out Falcons tackle Jake Matthews for a cut block that forced Bennett to leave Sunday’s game with a knee injury.

After the game Bennett told the Seattle Times that the block was a “scary, (expletive) move. Honestly, I think if you dive at someone else’s legs, you’re a little (expletive). ”

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who was a Seahawks assistant for two years with Bennett, said the block was clean.

“He’s a hell of a competitor,” Quinn said of Bennett. “It was not a cheap shot in any way by Jake. When it’s a handful of a player, you try to get his hands down, cut, do whatever you can. I think it’s likely (Bennett is angry) because he got banged up on the play. He’s used to it (because) Seattle cuts a lot as well.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Bennett’s injury is not serious and that he may be able to play on Sunday.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Falcons

LEADOFF: How many Atlanta homes watched Falcons beat Seahawks?
LEADOFF: How many Atlanta homes watched Falcons beat Seahawks?

Thirty-five percent of homes with TVs in the Atlanta market were watching as the Falcons advanced to the NFC championship game by defeating Seattle on Saturday. The 35.0 rating translates to an audience of about 845,000 homes in the Atlanta television market. Nationally, the Falcons-Seahawks game posted an 18.3 overnight rating, meaning 18.3 percent...
Falcons prepare for ‘terrrific challenge’ from Rodgers, Packers
Falcons prepare for ‘terrrific challenge’ from Rodgers, Packers

The Falcons have another playoffs rematch, this time against an opponent they beat the first time around. That doesn’t mean coach Dan Quinn is changing his script. The Falcons will face the Packers in the NFC championship game at the Georgia Dome on Sunday after they beat them on the same field in October. The Falcons lost at Seattle during the...
Falcons want to hem Aaron Rodgers
Falcons want to hem Aaron Rodgers

The last game in the Georgia Dome is shaping up as an epic shootout with perhaps the top two candidates for the NFL MVP award in Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Packers signal caller Aaron Rodgers headlining the marquee. Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn would rather keep Rodgers holstered in Sunday’s NFC Championship game. Specifically, the Falcons...
Historically high ticket resale prices for Falcons-Packers at Dome
Historically high ticket resale prices for Falcons-Packers at Dome

Fans who don’t have tickets yet for the NFC championship game at the Georgia Dome on Sunday may have to pay a steep price on the secondary market. As of Monday afternoon the average ticket price of $777 for Falcons vs. Packers was the second-highest in the history of the Georgia Dome, according to secondary market aggregator TicketIQ. Only...
After ‘loudest ever’ Dome, Quinn wants it louder for Falcons’ final game
After ‘loudest ever’ Dome, Quinn wants it louder for Falcons’ final game

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said fans delivered after he called on them to be “early and loud” at the Georgia Dome for the team’s first playoff game. Now he said he wants them to top that in the NFC Championship game against the Packers on Sunday, the team’s final game at the Dome. The Falcons beat the Seahawks on Saturday before...
More Stories