The Atlanta Falcons are 2-0, after a road win against the New York Giants Sunday.
Coming off two dismal seasons that cost their coach his job, the Atlanta Falcons recognized how critical a good start would be under the new regime. Mission accomplished.
Julio Jones tied the club record with 13 receptions, good for 135 yards, including a 37-yard reception that set up the winning score with 1:14 remaining Sunday. Atlanta's 24-20 comeback victory over the New York Giants gave new boss Dan Quinn a quick opening.
"We're 2-0," said Jones, whose catch down the left sideline behind Prince Amukamara in the final 90 seconds set up Devonta Freeman's 2-yard TD run. "Like Quinn said postgame, you can't win the game in the first, second or third quarter. You win the game in the fourth quarter. It's all about how you finish."
Definitely. And while the Falcons have been superb at the end of wins over Philadelphia and New York, the Giants have melted down in losses to Dallas and Atlanta.
"I don't know if catch phrases are going to work at this point," said Eli Manning, who had a key fumble and also made some poor throws in the fourth quarter. "It's just a matter of playing four quarters and we have; we're not making the plays in the crucial moments."
Jones and the Falcons are -- on both sides of the ball. Kroy Biermann had the strip-sack of Manning in the third period that set up a 91-yard drive to Leonard Hankerson's 10-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter. Justin Durant was in on 10 tackles. "I came around the corner and saw that he still had it," Biermann said of Manning. "I just tried to reach out and get the ball. It helped us win. It helped us get good things going. We're a ball-attacking team. We're going after the ball every play."