- By Matt Winkeljohn
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a decent day statistically Sunday in Bank of America Stadium, where he completed 24 of 36 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Panthers from winning 20-17 as Atlanta lost for the fourth time in five games.
Here’s some of what the Falcons quarterback had to say after the game:
What did he say to wide receiver Julio Jones after he dropped a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter?
“’Forget it, man. Let’s get to the next one,’ that’s it. One hundred out of 100 times he is going to make plays. He has made more plays in this league than probably anybody. Sometimes it happens. I’m not worried about it one bit. We had other opportunities, too. ... Had another opportunity where we missed on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1. Those opportunities are just as important.”
What happened on your second-quarter interception? It looked like Austin Hooper was turning to look inside and the ball went outside.
“It’s one of those things were we are going to stay aggressive, for sure. I felt like we had an opportunity with Hoop in front of the safety. He made a good play. We will look at the film and we will see how we need to get better moving forward, but we are going to stay aggressive.”
What is not clicking on offense?
“Just execution in certain situations. I think we have gone up and down the field. ... There has been some good, for sure, but not consistent enough in all situations.”
Is there something that Carolina’s defense did to slow you down?
“They are well coached, they play hard, they are physical. Their scheme is their scheme. They’ve played it well with the players that they have had for a long time. I felt like we did some good things, but we missed opportunities. When you are playing against a good football team and you miss opportunities, it’s tough to walk away with a win.”
How can you sustain the score when you just out to a lead?
“Like I was saying before, I think he’s when you get those opportunities. ... I think we were up 10-0, and we had second-and-2 in the plus-50, and ... we had three downs to get two yards and we didn’t do it. That’s the difference. That opportunity at the beginning of the game is just as important as the last drive that we had at the end of the game. ... We haven’t been very good situationally, or or as good as we needed to be situationally.”
What do you think about upcoming games with Dallas and Seattle?
“It is about this week, it is about getting back to Atlanta tonight, getting some rest, and then getting back to work [Monday] and trying to find a way to get a win against a very good Dallas football team.”