(NEW YORK) — It’s Super Bowl or bust for the Atlanta Falcons in 2013, according to wide receiver Roddy White.
The Falcons fell to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game last season, but White believes that in 2013 they will finally get over the hump.
“I think that the first three [playoff appearances under coach Mike Smith] we were getting there and were just having fun being there. And then we turned a curb, and we said we have to stop just getting there and we have to win games,” White told ESPN on Wednesday.
“We’re ready to take that next step. We know how good our football team is and the players we got, so it’s either Super Bowl or nothing for us right now,” he continued.
White also believes a lot of the blame shouldn’t be placed on quarterback Matt Ryan.
“It takes so much more than just Matt Ryan to finish plays, especially down the stretch. You can’t just put it on the quarterback and say, ‘All right, you have to make this one play to get over the hump.’ It has to be me, it has to be Julio, it has to be Tony. We have to go out and make those plays and make it easier on Matt Ryan,” he said.
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