The word “resilient” has been a favorite of head coach Mike Smith through the years as a way to describe his locker room. They’re tough. They have the ability to fight back. Through it all, they can win.
That results haven’t always shown that in 2013, but the display the Falcons put on during a 34-31 overtime win over Buffalo on Sunday was the prime example of the toughness the players in that locker room are capable of.
“I love the way we bounced back and didn’t blink, and said to ourselves, ‘Hey, we’ve still got a chance. We’ve got to fight,’ and that’s what we did,” tight end Tony Gonzalez said. “We fought hard today.”
The Falcons got off to the slow start, going down very quickly to Buffalo 14-0, and then 17-7. A 77-yard scamper from Bills running back CJ Spiller on Buffalo’s first drive, that would set up the Bills’ first score, looked like it was a sign that the Falcons were in for a long day.
But Atlanta held tough, turning it on in the fading moments of the fourth quarter to force overtime. That’s when Robert McClain forced a fumble and William Moore recovered to give the Falcons the ball as the Bills were driving for the game-winner in regulation.
Overtime would see the Bills win the toss and take the ball. A few plays later, Moore would force a fumble and Robert Alford would recover. In a stunning move, he pitched the ball to Desmond Trufant who returned it to around midfield.
Matt Bryant would end up kicking the deciding points, a 36-yard field goal that gave the Falcons their third win of the season and capped a tough comeback performance.
“To come out here and spot them 14 points and battle back, I think today showed the toughness, the resiliency to overcome,” Bryant said. “It seems like in the past, things went even further downhill, but we kept going at it and did everything we could to get that win.”