FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez called it "embarrassing" to give up his first sack in 13 years last week against the Saints and vowed not to do it again.
The Falcons allowed three sacks and six hits on quarterback Matt Ryan last Sunday and face on paper, at least an even better pass-rushing team (the 1-0 Rams) this week at the Georgia Dome.
In particular, Rams defensive end Robert Quinn posted three sacks and two forced fumbles against Arizona, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
In allowing a sack to the Saints' Junior Galette a talent short of Quinn, the 14th overall pick in 2011 was "just laziness on my part."
The play in question occurred on 2nd-and-10 from the Saints7 47, just before halftime. Gonzalez lined up next to left tackle Sam Baker and Galette, an outside linebacker, beat him to the quarterback for a 10-yard loss. On the next play, Ryan was called for intentional grounding and the Falcons ultimately punted and went in...