Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones made the big play in the Falcons crucial 20-17 win over New Orleans on Thursday Night, intercepting Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ pass with just 1:25 remaining in regulation. The win improved the Falcons to 8-5, keeping pace in the NFC South and a competitive NFC playoff race.
On Monday, Jones joined The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio and talked about his leaping interception in the Falcons’ end zone, a play that could become the pivotal moment of their 2017 Season.
“I knew I was by myself with the tight end, and when he looked back, I just looked back, and the ball was right there,” Jones said. “I really didn’t realize I was that high until I saw my feet, I just knew it was going to be miserable on the way down.”
The second-year linebacker knew once he had the ball, that sticking the landing—and holding onto the football—was a must.
“I really wanted to seal the deal for my brothers, get that turnover, and I just wanted to hold onto to it,” Jones laughed. “We had a hard-fought game, and I wanted it to turn out the right way.”
Jones said this year’s defense talks about closing out ballgames, and an attitude of emptying their tank each and every game.
“We are all in this together, we all try to leave it all on the field for each other,” Jones said about their approach. “I can say after every game we have always fought all the way to the end, it’s never been anyone giving up. That’s how strong we are. We always want to fight to the end for one another.”