Falcons receiver Roddy White, who caught the winning touchdown pass in Atlanta's stunning 26-21 comeback win over the Ravens last night, admits he pushed off on defender Josh Wilson before hauling in the catch in the final second. The 33-year-old score came with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
On the play, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan rolled to his left to avoid pressure, and White pushed Wilson with his right hand before catching the pass. Wilson fell to the turf, but no penalty for offensive pass interference was called.
"Yeah, you've got to do whatever you've got to do to win," White told reporters after the game. "It was one-on-one coverage with one guy. But he was kind of flat-footed, and he tried to grab me, so I just pushed him down.”
The play capped a remarkable comeback for the Falcons, who squandered a 13-point lead before rallying for the win over Baltimore.
"That might have been the most intense game I’ve ever been involved with at any level of football,” said Falcons coach Mike Smith, a former Ravens assistant.
Said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Todd Heap with 1:05 left to put the Ravens ahead: “You think it’s your game. You think it’s over.”
Not with 1:05 left for the Falcons and Ryan to do their work.
“After they scored, we were on the sideline. We just looked at each other and smiled, man,” White said. “We just relish moments like this. We knew we were going to go down there and get what we needed to win this game.”