Every time Ryan would complete a pass, it seemed offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey would call 10 straight runs to pound the Saints’ front seven.
“It’s a huge deal,” Turner said. “You want to get that rhythm. You want to use everyone’s talents to the most their capabilities to see what this team really looks like. To put things together like we did yesterday _ it felt pretty good.”
As well as the Falcons played, however, Turner understands it took near-perfection to win. Had Saints kicker Garrett Hartley not missed a potential 29-yard winning field goal in overtime, nobody would’ve felt too pleased the next day.
“We are going to go out there and do whatever it takes to win,” Turner said. “I’m just so proud of all of these guys today. This is a character win. We have so many good players on our team.”
Notes: Smith said starting OLB Sean Weatherspoon, a first-round draft pick, suffered no aftereffects from cramps that caused him to leave the field on a cart in overtime. … The Falcons hope WR Michael Jenkins (shoulder) and S Erik Coleman (knee) return to practice on Wednesday.
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