"Dunta Robinson is still waiting for his first interception with the Falcons.
That doesn't mean he isn't making big plays, though.
Robinson's fumble recovery on the first play from scrimmage set the Falcons up for their first touchdown in a 31-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Then he continued to play well as part of a secondary that held the Panthers' always-dangerous Steve Smith to just two catches, both in the second half.
"It's all about working and grinding and taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves," Robinson said. "We got some opportunities today and we took advantage of them."
Robinson signed a 6-year, $57-million contract with the Falcons last spring after spending seven seasons with the Houston Texans.
He was in the right place at the right time on what arguably was the biggest play of the game.
The Panthers started from their 26 after taking the opening kickoff, and on the first play Jonathan Stewart ran up the middle. Middle linebacker Mike Peterson knocked the ball loose as Stewart was piled up, and the ball popped directly to Robinson.
The Falcons took over at the Carolina 29, and three plays later Matt Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez with a 4-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead with 13 minutes and 41 seconds left in the first quarter.
"I think it kind of set the tone for the rest of the game," Robinson said. "The offense went down and put seven points on the board real quick and we just kept going from there."
The Falcons are big on playing to the echo of the whistle, and Robinson - and Peterson -- for sure kept going even when it seemed that Stewart had been stopped."
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