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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Falcons Game
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 33-30 overtime win over the Falcons:
“We flipped the script. It wasn’t quite the 17-point deficit that Kansas City had with 10 minutes to play but it was a 17-point deficit none the less. I know it’s easier to say this after a win, you know, but we came in at halftime and I must have said it seven or eight times that we’re going to win the game. Of course, I say that now but I really was saying that, and I think it was kind of that no panic, really believe that somehow we were going to find a way. In the years that we’ve been on runs and been a good team, we’ve done that.”
“I just tried to make plays. I knew that we had a good plan coming into the week so whenever my number came up I just tried to make a play… I’m just focused on getting the win and not focused on getting the yards during the game. As long as we get the win I am happy.”
“Get a chance at the end (and) find a way to win. The defense got a big stop and held them to three points in the second half, which is tough to do. I was so aggravated in the third quarter when we didn’t do anything with those drives and they [Chargers defense] got us stops, I kept saying, ‘we can't do this, we have to score a touchdown.’ We can't think our D, not that we don’t believe in those guys, but we can't depend on them to hold them to three in the second half but they did it, and it was a huge way to win.”
“It’s a good feeling. As a running back, you take pride in third downs and it irritates or bothers you a little bit when you don’t get it. Because in your head you are thinking ‘Why didn’t I get it?’ So when you do get it, it is a good feeling, definitely knowing you put your team in a good position to win the game.”
“Big time players make big time plays in big time games and I can’t say enough about him.”
Head Coach Mike McCoy offered similar praise:
“(Denzel) knows what he means to this football team, we told him that throughout the game. He has been dealing with (a shoulder injury), and he just didn’t want to come off the field. He came out for a couple plays, felt a little better and went back out there. It’s the position he plays, it’s those type of players that you need when the game is on the line and a play needs to be big, an interception, a turnover and the run stop he had, it’s a great team win.”
“I went out there and to me it essentially was a PAT, 33 yards from the left hash. It was like Antonio (Gates) just caught a touchdown. I know that I am always going to have a great snap and a great hold so it doesn’t matter what it says on the scoreboard. It’s just a kick for me.” Read