Just two weeks after a 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons bounced back in the best way possible. Not only did Atlanta defeat the Panthers 20-13 in Week 16, but they ended their perfect season as well. After the big win, one player who didn’t back down from calling out the Panthers was outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield.
"If you handle yourself with class, you don’t have to worry about that," Schofield said. "But you see, they didn’t handle themselves with class the first time we played [when Carolina won 38-0]. So I didn’t care about how they were feeling after this game. I was ‘dabbing’ all in their faces.
"They took a picture during the game and posted it on social media the first time we played. It was a whole team picture. And Cam was running up and down the sidelines. There wasn’t none of that today. We played a football game today. I’m not even a trash talker, but when someone disrespects you and you get payback and then they can’t handle it, that’s glorious. If they could handle it, it would be cool. I probably wouldn’t have even ‘dabbed.’ But I was ‘dabbing’ in front of everybody."
Atlanta’s linebacker also added that Cam Newton left the field without saying anything to anyone except for Matt Ryan, according to McClure.
Schofield doesn’t sound like a man who cares at all about the massive celebration his team had after knocking off the Panthers. While the Falcons may not be postseason bound this season, they’re well-deserving of a ton of praise after knocking off Cam Newton and the Panthers in Week 16. This one game alone likely shows how bright the future is in Atlanta.