Falcons Abiding By 24-Hour Rule

Falcons Abiding By 24-Hour Rule

Jay Adams

Published December 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Head coach Mike Smith says it all the time, win or lose: If you win, you’ve got 24 hours to celebrate. If you lose, you’ve got 24 hours to be down about it.

The Falcons are definitely taking that philosophy to heart Monday as 24 hours since Sunday’s 30-20 loss to Carolina is up. It’s already time to move on.

And the Falcons are moving on to even more challenging territory as the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants come to the Georgia Dome on Sunday — a chance for the Falcons to not only rebound after a tough loss, but also a chance to see where they’re at this late in the season.

“You want to put your skills to the test against the best in the world, and obviously, Sunday’s going to be an opportunity for that,” right tackle Tyson Clabo said Monday. “As a competitor, that’s your goal, so I think that, if I know the guys in the locker room, we’ll respond and we’ll respond well and come out and play well.”

After Sunday’s loss that saw the Falcons run just 13 plays in the first half for 35 yards while going into halftime down 16-0 to a team that came into the game 3-9, the Falcons were more than happy to move on after watching film Monday.

Figuring out when to move on is something that Smith has built in to each game week. Figuring out how to move on doesn’t change regardless of the outcome.

“Even after a win, you just gotta move on,” running back Michael Turner said. “Don’t look at the past. Just keep moving forward and keep your eyes on what we’re really trying to accomplish here.”

And what the Falcons are trying to accomplish can’t be done without getting back to their winning ways — and quick. With the Giants coming off a 52-27 win over New Orleans, the Falcons will need to be at the top of their game against a New York team that looks once again to be hitting its stride in the last month of the season.

The Falcons are aware of this Giants team as it’s almost identical to the one that handed the Falcons a 24-2 loss in the playoffs in January.

That loss, however, isn’t on the Falcons’ minds as they head into preparations for Sunday’s game. After the loss to the Panthers and the issues that it brought up, the Falcons are focused on a simpler plan as Sunday’s game against the Giants won’t be about revenge and will instead be about getting some momentum going.

“I don’t begrudge or have this deep desire to ‘get ‘em back’ or anything like that,” Clabo said. “I just want to play well in the Dome and get a win, and as a professional, I think that’s what we all strive for.”

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