Falcons can't afford to be 'lazy'

January, 18, 2013
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The Atlanta Falcons’ locker room is filled with guys that constantly spew whatever happens to be the company line at the moment.

But the notable exception is wide receiver Roddy White. He never has been afraid to say what really is on his mind. Sometimes it gets him in trouble. But, sometimes, it’s a very good thing.

White’s comments about what happened in the 30-28 playoff victory over Seattle fall into the latter category.

“I felt like in the first half we did a heck of a job, just coming out with attitude and executing at a high level," White said. "We got a little lazy in the second half. We kind of got too complacent, too relaxed. You can't do that in the playoffs. Every series matters. You can't have lulls, man."

White probably is the only member of the Falcons that will say publicly that the team got complacent and lazy after jumping out to a 20-0 lead against the Seahawks. You have to give Seattle some credit for not giving up and playing a great second half, and I’m not sure the Falcons got lazy. But they did come very close to what would have been a disastrous loss.

But the bottom line is that White is exactly right. The San Francisco 49ers are an even better team than Seattle. In the NFC Championship Game, the Falcons have to keep their foot on the accelerator for the entire 60 minutes.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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