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Piscitelli held on tight on interception return



During his runback of a late interception, you might think safety Sabby Piscitelli was thinking about the end zone or the green grass in front of him.

Not even close.

Piscitelli was thinking about Roddy White. Apparently, the Falcons receiver’s play against the 49ers last week left Piscitelli scared straight. Late in the fourth quarter against San Francisco, 49ers cornerback Nate Clements grabbed an interception and ran down the sideline for what would have been the game-winning touchdown. That’s when White, who had been 40 yards downfield, came out of nowhere to strip the ball from behind. The Falcons recovered with 1:22 left and went on to win on a last-second field goal.

As a result, Piscitelli made sure to hold on for dear life as he returned the interception with 25 seconds left that set up the game-winning field goal.

"I was trying to go as far as I could and get out of bounds," Piscitelli said. "That Roddy White play last week, they showed it so much (on TV). I swear, the whole time I thought somebody was trying to get me from behind. So, man, I was just trying to get to the sideline."

After the play, Piscitelli was mobbed by CB Ronde Barber and a slew of teammates on the sideline. And even after all that, he still had the ball in his clutches.

[Last modified: Sunday, October 10, 2010 9:12pm]


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