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Baltimore Ravens Post-Game Quotes

BALTIMORE RAVENS POST-GAME QUOTES

Head Coach John Harbaugh

(opening statement) “I appreciate everyone being here and hey – Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone. It was a heck of a football game. I want to say that our fans were pretty amazing. It was fun, with the fans, at the end of the game. They were a loud group – for the fans that were there. The night, the rain, all that kind of stuff. They were into it [and] they really made a difference for us. Tough, hard-fought game. Not the best played game by us. I think there were a couple things that stood out, that were keys. The offense moved the ball. The first downs. The fact that we had five drives of 10 plays or more. Time of possession was big for us. I think we executed really well on offense through those drives. It would have been good to get a few more touchdowns and finish them off in the red zone. I think that would have been a bigger difference in the game. That was good for us. No turnovers – that was big. You know they weren’t turning the ball over. We could have had a couple [turnovers] on defense. It would have been good to grab a couple of those. But, those are probably two of the keys for us. We made a number of mistakes, starting with me. Things that gave them a chance, especially in the fourth quarter. There are things that we have to get better at and work on.”

(on how a close game like this could help the team moving forward) “I think there are going to be games like this. This is the National Football League [and] this is how these games are played. If you look at their team, this is how it has gone for them. They lost a number of really close games. They have a good football team. I feel like their coaches … We know those guys. Their coaches are doing an outstanding job. They were physical, they were tough. They played solid football. They kept the ball in front of them. They ran to the ball. It was hard to get rushing yards. They were running the ball. I just thought that they have been a really good football team all year. The win number doesn’t show it, but the tape shows it. You try to make that point, and you get scoffed at a little bit. This is the way it is in this league. We didn’t play our best game. We’re trying to find a way to play our best game. But you know what? That’s a good football team we played against, and they played a really good football game. And we found a way to win it. And that’s the thing – it’s a win. It’s the same number of wins if you win by a blowout. It doesn’t matter, you have to find a way to win in the end in this league. That’s why I’m most proud of our guys’ heart, the fact that they got it done in the end. That was good to see.” (Reporter: “It ain’t a beauty contest, right?”) *“That’s exactly right. Bruce Cunningham said it’s not a beauty contest. We haven’t won many beauty contests around here *(laughter). We all know that – the Ravens, we’re not pretty, but our guys are tough.”

(on if he felt it was a mistake to not take the holding penalty in the third quarter) “Absolutely. That’s exactly what I’m referring to. I should have definitely taken that penalty. I was kicking myself for it right away. I knew in my heart [Colts head coach Chuck Pagano] was going to go for it. I should have taken the penalty.”

(on his thought process at the time of the penalty) “It was kind of a heat-of-the-moment thing, and my gut said to take it. You got back-and-forth a little bit, and you second guess yourself, and I made a bad decision. It was just a bad call by me.”

(on the week leading up to the final game, with playoffs on the line) “I think that’s exactly what it is. We have to put everything we have into this game. Everything we’ve done from the beginning, right down until today, you go all the way back to training camp and OTAs, it all comes down to one game. That’s what the National Football League can be sometimes, and that’s what it is for us. We’re going to give the guys a couple days. They’ll be off tomorrow, which is the benefit if being on the short week, which was a challenge for us. We’ll get tomorrow off, they’ll get Monday off, they’ll get Tuesday morning [off], and we’ll be in mental mode on Tuesday. So, they’re going to get three to four days of really good recovery time. We need to have our best week of practice, and as a football team, that’s what we’ll look at. If we have our best week of practice, then we have a chance to play our best football. We’re going to need to, because Cincinnati looks healthy, to me, from what I could see, and they’re going to be motivated. We’re going to need to play our best to win. We’ll need our crowd, the fans. We’re going to need everything to make the playoffs.”

(on why opposing tight ends seem to have big plays against the Ravens) “That’s a really good question. It’s something that we have to figure out. ’84,’ Jack Doyle, he has plays against everybody, it looks like. There’s a theme week-in and week-out, and we have to find a way to get that stopped.”

(on what WR/RS Michael Campanaro brings to the offense) “We knew that young guys were going to have to step up, and Michael was in that category, and he did step up. I thought Breshad [Perriman] stepped up, and Chris Moore made a couple plays. What ‘Camp’ [Michael Campanaro] did, was he ran some really good routes. It was tough to check him. They were forced to hold him one time, and he still made the catch. And then they got … It was clear pass interference, on the sideline back there, because he used a really great break, and came back to the ball. It would have been a completion if it wasn’t for the pass interference. I think our guys are doing a little better job with the scramble, too, finding a way to get open. Joe [Flacco] looks like he’s moving pretty well. We’re making some plays on the move, and that has helped us, too. Yes, ‘Camp’ and all of the young guys did well.”

(on CB Maurice Canady’s big play at the end and what it means for the defense to come up with that stop) “It wasn’t our best game on defense, but we got it done when we needed to the most. For a young guy like Maurice Canady to make that play … You know, it’s funny, because I saw the [20 – something] number, and I wasn’t really sure from my angle how we had matched it over there. I wasn’t sure if it was Brandon [Carr] or Maurice. I saw dreadlocks and a 2 (laughter). So, I knew one of them made a great play. I think our guys did a pretty good job in the secondary. [Colts WR] T.Y. [Hilton] got loose a couple times. There were times when we had him doubled – we had ‘Double Hilton’ on him – and he still got loose.”

*QB Joe Flacco *

(on the emotions on the sidelines late in the game) “Obviously, I felt like anybody who was sitting at home rooting for the Ravens [to] win; it’s tough to watch that happen but I think we’re doing the right thing. We’re calling timeouts. We were going to have a chance at the end of the game there. It would have been interesting. I was assuming they were going to go for two, for the win, and then we were going to have a chance to go down any way with the time left on the clock—you would think. But who knows how long it takes them to get into the end zone there at the end. There’s a lot of things that are running through your head and the possible situations and it was obviously the end result was a [good one].”

(on if this was one of those games that wasn’t pretty) “I thought we played as an offense; I thought we had a pretty darn good night. We could have put the ball in the end zone a couple times but we fought, we did a lot of really good things. We didn’t punt the ball much. We had some big, long drives and eating up the clock and doing some good things. So, wish we would have gotten into the end zone at least one more time. It would have made it a little bit easier for us. It was still a big team victory. They’re not always pretty, and I think they are good tests.”

(on the 14-play, 75-yard drive in the fourth quarter and the statement it made) “That was a sweet drive. We knew, those guys were playing good football on the other side, and we knew we had to put six points on the board right there in order to win this football game. So, that was a huge drive, [you’ve] got to credit a lot of guys on it.”

(on how hard it was to play with the rain really coming down) “It was definitely probably a drive, a drive-and-a-half there, the balls were definitely wet. It was a little windy tonight, too. You can’t always tell that but there was a little bit of wind tonight. We probably didn’t do as much as we would have liked to even in those situations. When you’re on the field, you don’t really notice it as much as when you’re on the sidelines. One thing is that because the refs had to put the ball down kind of early in some of those situations, you can tell the ball was a little slick, but it wasn’t too, too bad.”

(on how it feels now with everything coming down to one game) “We’ve been in this situation a bunch of times. I keep saying that I think we’re a very excited and very confident football team. We’ll be itching to get back out there on Sunday and to get the game underway. But we’ve got to go about our business the right way, continue to do what we’ve been doing, and I think we’ll be all right. But it’s a tough team we’ve got coming in here next week. We all know that.”

(on what WR Michael Campanaro and how he helped) “It was big. The one drive, just running good routes and ended up getting a couple calls on him. Stepping in there and continuing his route for the touchdown. He did some good things. Nice little run for the jet sweep for him. It’s great to see when you see can see a couple guys like that come up and step in and make some plays. [WR] Breshad [Perriman] had a couple of catches tonight, so it’s awesome to get everybody involved.”

(on TE Maxx Williams catching a touchdown pass) “I missed him on a screen; it got knocked down. It’s nice to get Maxx in [to the end zone]. You know he’s itching to get in the end zone. He’s in my ear a lot, in a fun way, but you know he wants to get in and have some fun, so it was awesome to get him [a TD].”

(on if he feels like he’s starting to get into a groove in recent games) “I just feel, as an offense, we’re starting to hit our stride. I’m playing more consistent. The receivers are getting open quick. The line’s playing really well together. The backs are running the ball really hard, and it’s good to come out of these games and have some things that we left out there but still a lot of things that we did well. We’re playing good football, and you’ve got to be optimistic about it.”

(on what winning a close game does for a team) “It does a lot. I mean, when you’re winning every game 44-0, you’re probably flying high, and it’s really good for your confidence. But at the same time, you haven’t really been tested, so you don’t know how your team is going to react in those moments. A lot of the games we’ve won this year, I feel like we’ve won by a decent margin but at the same time, we’ve dealt with tough losses. We’ve had a couple of tough victories, and I think those are always huge. They really are – they really test the character of a football team, and you can really find out a lot about what you have. Our goal’s to get to the playoffs, and once you get to those games, you can’t rely on winning those games by 20 or 30 points. You have to rely on being able to play 60 minutes and being able to have the nerve and everything else that goes along with that. Winning the game on the last drive; stopping the team on the last drive. A lot of things go into that. So, the fact that we’ve had to deal with this is definitely a positive.”

ILB C.J. Mosley

(on the late-game situation after the blocked punt) “We just had to keep our poise. Nobody was ever expecting for [P] Sam [Koch]’s punt to get blocked. The pass rush kept him in the box, kept him pressured. We had a bend-but-don’t break mentality. So, we just got the job done.”

(on why the Colts ran so well against the defense) “They did a good job with their scheme runs. You know, with [RB Frank] Gore and [RB Marlon Mack]; it was kind of zone scheme, but it was blocking man so they were able to read off me and the linebackers, so they can pick, they can have a couple of gaps they could choose from. But I think in the second half, we kind of stood tall. They still ran the ball well, but for the most part, we were able to kind of stop the bleeding on first and second down. That’s what was hurting us with the long drives. There [was] second-and-short, third-and-short, and that’s not [good].”

(on what it said about the defense that they made a big late stop despite struggling at times) “We came down in the crunch. We had a few plays left out there that got them down. We missed an interception, and we had the one sack that we missed, and like I said, it was a bend-but-don’t-break mentality. We know what kind of defense we are. When we do our job, all 11 of us, it’s hard for a team to score.”

(on not getting any turnovers) “We dropped two, maybe one, but like I said, as long as we get the win at the end of the day, that’s all that matters, whether we get the turnovers or not.”

(on how it feels knowing that it all comes down to one game) “It feels good to be back in that position. After all of the hard losses, the tough wins, it’s crazy how many games you play in a season, and it seems to always come down to the last few weeks of the season. We had our chance last year, and [we were] one play away. Now, it’s all in our hands right now. It’s a good time for this little break. We’re going to spend time with our families, get our bodies right, and then we’ve got to come prepared. For the older guys and the vets that have been in the playoffs with the Ravens, we’ve got to make sure we keep the younger guys focused. When you think about it, the guys from last year or two years ago, they haven’t been in a playoff game before. So, it’s been a while. We’ve got to make sure we have everyone focused. You definitely don’t look past the Bengals; you always know that’s a tough game, and we’ve got to make sure we start fast.”

OLB Matthew Judon

(on the defenses’ last stand) “Our offense was helping us all night, and it was gut-check time for the defense. So we had to go out there, come through, and get the stop. We knew there was still time on the clock, and there were still plays that needed to be made. They were not getting into the end zone.”

(on the mindset of the defense after 15 games) “We come out here to make plays. When you’re making plays, it’s fun, and we have a lot of guys who can make plays. It calms you to know that everybody can make a play and that we all have each other’s backs.”

(on looking ahead to Cincinnati) “One game to go, to make it to the playoffs. Let’s go out there and give them all we’ve got. We’ve been through 15 tough games, let’s do it.”

WR Mike Wallace

(on the offense having five drives of 10 or more plays) “It was a nasty day out there, but we still had to throw the ball. We did that, but maybe not as much as we would have liked to. We wanted to take advantage of some of the opportunities out there, but we did what we needed to do. We grounded out, but were still able to move it through the air as well. Nasty night, rainy game, but we got the job done.”

(on the talk about the wide receivers) “Look, we know what’s at stake. We’ve got guys who are up for the challenge. We knew the situation we were in. We knew we needed to win by any means necessary. Our receivers are professionals. They’re not here by accident. They know they had to step up without Jeremy [Maclin]. I knew they were going to do that. It wasn’t a surprise to me. Did I even tell them good job? I don’t think so, because it was expected. Hey, they don’t tell me good job either.”

(on what the media says about the receiving game) “We don’t listen to the outside noise. When you’re with someone 6–7 months every day, you know what type of person and player they are. It might not go your way every week, but sometimes that’s through some fault of your own. That’s just the way the game goes. We know people are quick to write somebody off, “They didn’t do that, they don’t do this.” People can say whatever they want, but that’s what makes this game great. We take all those comments and use it as fuel and we just keep grinding it. And then you see the outcome.”

(on beating Cincinnati for the playoffs) “I mean, I don’t even really know. If you tell me we win and we’re in, great. All I want to do is keep winning games. The rest will take care of itself and let the chips fall where they may.”

TE Maxx Williams

(on the key to this team making the playoffs) “It’s really not about who we play, it’s about us. We knew they were going to come in and play their best football. We knew we needed to play our best football, and that’s what we did. Really, I thought it was a big team win.”

(on his touchdown) “It was really simple. It was a pass out to the flat. I knew I was open. All I was thinking about was making the catch and getting in. Just like Patrick Ricard, but he’s got two. So, me and [Nick] Boyle are going to have to catch him next week.”

(on the injuries to the tight end unit this season) “I think it’s the next man up mentality for us. All of us in our unit and really on this team, you just have to go out and do your job when your number is called. And really whatever they ask you to do on special teams, block whatever is necessary.”

(on today’s weather conditions) “It never really matters. What we’re thinking about is getting the job done no matter what the conditions are, or what it turns into. If you want to talk about the weather, go over to [Justin] Tucker and ask him. He’s the one who’s really effected kicking the ball.”

(on the defensive stand to win the game) “You have to have confidence in your defense in any situation and we do. They’ve picked us up all year and in that situation you have full confidence in them. They made a couple big plays at the end and we won the game.”

(on the Cincinnati game) “We’re not even thinking about the playoffs. We’re just going to go in there and work and prepare for it like it’s any other game and prepare to win. Really nothing more than that.”

(on the long drives) “I think it’s great that we were able to grind it out, but we want to finish more of those drives with touchdowns. Overall though, very happy with the way the offense played and how things turned out.”

DT Brandon Williams

(on the win) “It was a tough win, but a win none the less. I am proud of my guys fighting. Our defense, they leaked [plays] on us. But, in the end, we got it done. That’s all that matters. We’ll go back to the drawing board and prepare for next week.”

(on  RB Frank Gore) “You have to respect the man. The dude’s been doing it forever, and at the same time, he’s had surgeries, but he is still going. The dude is phenomenal, you have to respect him for sure. He’s a good back, but at the same time we stuck with it. We kept playing our game and executing, and we got the W.”

(on CB Maurice Canady’s game winning play) “I’m happy for him, definitely happy. There’s some things we have to clean up. There are a lot of things we have to do, myself included. When I evaluate, I always look at myself first. I could have done a lot better today. All around, I feel like we have a lot more to give. We have a lot more we can show on the field. In the end, it’s all about getting the win. We did that, and now it’s back to the drawing board.”

(on not playing your best but winning) “It shows heart, it shows soul, it shows how hard we fight. You look left and right and see your brothers, and they’re going to do whatever it takes to win. They are going to fight for you and with you. That’s what the Ravens are all about.”

S Eric Weddle

(on his white beard) “Yeah, it’s like I turned into Santa around here. I did it a few years ago in San Diego, and we won the game. I wanted to do it last year, but I forgot the spray. I wasn’t forgetting this year and I brought some luck, so we’re good. I’m 2-0, maybe I should bring it next week too.”

(on his dropped interception) “It was a deep pass. I saw the ball thrown. I was just in between whether to go get it, or whether the receiver was going to hit me. But there’s really just no excuse for that. That could be the difference in the game. I don’t know if I deserve ice cream after that one, I’m debating on whether or not to go get on the jugs when I get home. It happens. It’s unfortunate. You never want it to, especially in a situation like that, where it could have ended the game. But, shoot, I’m not prideful. Everyone gets humbled. Just have to get back to work. We never want those things to happen, but we came away with the win.”

(on taking his gloves off in the second half) “The rain; it makes those gloves non-existent. It’s worse than anything, so you have to take them off. Then I went back to them at the end of the game.”

(on the Ravens late season playoff run) “I think that we are really coming into our own. We’re playing the style and game that we envisioned at the beginning of the season. Our offensive line has been together for six or seven games in a row, and we got ‘Woody’ back [Danny Woodhead]. Defensively, we have continued to get better, obviously Pittsburgh was a tough game for us, but we’ve rebounded in the last couple of weeks. With the game on the line, having to stop them, it shows a lot of character. About what we are as a team, and what we are as a defense. We are playing well, winning five out of six. We are a team with momentum, and we just have to get one more.”

(on RB Maurice Canady’s game winning play) “Yeah, ‘Mo Mo’ [Maurice Canady], what a testament to his work ethic and patiently waiting his time. He slowly gets more reps each week. And with the game on the line, against one of the best receivers in the league, he had really tight coverage and played his technique and fundamentals. It was a huge batted ball. We were celebrating like crazy when he made that play.”

(on playing to get into the playoffs next week) “We’ve probably known since the bye that 10 wins would get us in, so we had to go six out of seven, however we did that. We’re just playing well as a team. All three phases are playing well off of each other. We are playing good complimentary football, and not turning the ball over. The blocked punt was unfortunate at the end of the game, but that’s what good teams do. They find a way to win, especially in December. Everything on the line against the rival, we are excited. This is a great opportunity for us, and that’s all you could ask for. Week 16, have a chance to get in the playoffs, we are excited and ready to get back to work.”

(on the defense making a game winning play) “It’s big. We’ve talked about it since the first day of offseason workouts. We need to finish. We need to be a defense that when the games on the line, we need to be out there and be a team to win the game. It’s been on our minds for an entire season. We’ve been on the right side of most of those situations, other times maybe not. All those situations of good plays and bad plays are molding us to where we are now.”

(on winning without your best performance) “It’s whatever it takes at this point in the season. Individually, you have plays that you wish you could have back. At the end of the day, if I would have gotten that pick, and we still lose, what’s the point? It’s not about me, it’s about the team and what we are striving to do. It’s about making the playoffs and going on a Super Bowl run. You look at it but at the end of the day we are on to Cincinnati. The more we focus on this past game is wasting energy and time when you could be preparing for Cincinnati.”

*S Tony Jefferson *

(on the blocked field goal) “When you watch film and study like that, it brings out opportunities. Great call by Coach [Jerry Rosburg]. We just have to continue to work hard this week”

(on CB Maurice Canady’s game-winning play) “Maurice has really stepped up. He’s kept his head down and has been ready to play all season. Obviously, he had the injury in the beginning of the season. We are excited to have him out there.”

(on the team’s confidence) “We know what’s ahead of us, and we know what’s at stake. We’re excited about the opportunity. It is always good when your future is in your own hands. You don’t have to depend on anyone else. We just have to go out and get this one last win, and we are in the dance.”

(on S Eric Weddle’s drop of an interception) “After he dropped it he came back to the huddle and said, ‘Looking like you [Tony Jefferson] out there.’ So, I have to have a word with him after this.”

OLB Terrell Suggs

(on the defense closing out the game on the Colts’ last drive) “We didn’t play the perfect game, but that is not us. We would have liked to have played the perfect game, but it didn’t happen. We played good enough to win. That is all that counts in December football – wins and losses. But we won, and we put ourselves in a very fortunate situation. We just have to put together one week of ball. It is going to start one day at a time. Sunday is not going to get here before it is supposed to, and we are just going to take it one day at a time.”

(on what his message will be on how to approach the upcoming game against the Bengals) “Well, we have to handle our business. We all have a job to do. We just have to put together one good game. One good game, and we are in [the playoffs]. If we win, we are in. Everybody knows that second season, we become a different team; a special team. ‘January Joe [Flacco]’, we are all looking forward to seeing him. Absolutely. If we put in one good game, we win, and we are in.”

(on how QB Joe Flacco looks) “He looks good. He looks good. He just has to be Joe next week. For one game, put it all on the line for one game.”

(on the feeling of getting a defensive stop to win the game) “It feels great. It is really no secret ingredient to it. You take it one step at a time. You get the play call, you go through your assignments, your progressions, and you just execute. It is really no secret ingredient like I said. We handled business today. We did not play perfect, I will say it again. But we played good enough to win. Next week is going to take a perfect effort.”

(on if close games sharpen a team when moving forward) “It means you are battle-tested. We have been in every type of situation this year. You do not make the same mistakes, you make new ones. Mistakes are for learning. Everything that we busted or made a mistake on in the first 16 weeks, we have to look at that and nip it in the bud so we can play lights out next week. It is going to take a phenomenal effort on our part next week. We are putting all our eggs in one basket. Everything is on the line to play a division foe. They are going to come in and be ready, and we have to do everything with our job to make sure we are ready.”

K Justin Tucker

(on the weather conditions and going against one of the greatest kickers of all time in Colts K Adam Vinatieri) “It was definitely a tough day. The conditions were ever-changing throughout the course of the game. But, at the end of the day, to come away with a win, that was the most important thing. To your point, talking about one of the greatest of all time, I think he’s hands down the greatest of all time. It’s an honor just to share the field with him today.”

(on getting a photo with him pre-game and those being special moments) “Absolutely, I can say as a football fan and as a fan of kickers from before playing professional football was even somewhat of a reality for me, seeing Adam Viniatieri play on Sundays and do his thing and then to be playing in the same league and sharing the field with him, it’s an honor.”

(on making the tackle on a kickoff) “Kickers are football players, too, apparently. (laughter) I’d rather not have to make a tackle. I think we all are on the same page there, but if the guy is running free, that’s my job. I’m the last line of defense, and I’ve just got to do what I can to either slow him down, or better, just cut him down.”

WR Michael Campanaro

(on today’s big win) “We knew coming into the game, it was going to be a battle. We have a lot of respect for those guys, and the coaches over there, we know them well. We knew they were going to come out fighting even though they can’t make the polayoffs, we knew what kind of players they have and the coaching staff that they have. So, credit to those guys. [We] played a great game, and we’re excited we came out with the win.”

(on what it’s like to have to win a close game and come out on top) “It’s huge – huge for the confidence. Just going forward and just knowing when we get in this situation again, [then] we’ve been here, and we’ve done it. Winning close games is awesome, and we did a great job, and the defense stepped up in the end.”

(on being healthy, scoring a touchdown and how he feels personally about everything right now) “It feels great. It feels great just being able to play the entire year, just staying healthy and being out here contributing to the team. It’s been awesome, and I’m looking forward to this next game, helping contribute, and if we win one, we get in [the playoffs]. So, it’s been great.”

(on coming down to one game to earn the playoffs) “It’s everything we’ve been working for. These guys are ready for it, and Tuesday we’re going to come back to work and just put in the work like we’ve done all year and just get a chance to make the big dance.”

CB Maurice Canady

(on how it felt to make the game-winning pass defense) “It is huge to keep our playoff hopes alive, but I have been doing my due diligence on the defensive side of the ball. Yes, just keep stacking play by play.”

(on if he knew the Colts were most likely targeting T.Y. Hilton on that fourth down) “For sure. It would be dumb for them to throw it anywhere else. He is a great player; everybody knows he is a great player. I kind of knew the ball was coming, and I was able to make a play on it.”

(on if he can walk the media through the play) “I see off the bat I’m checking T.Y. [Hilton]. I automatically know the ball is coming [at me] right now. As he breaks, you can probably see him try to nudge me a little bit, so as soon as I felt that nudge, I knew the ball was on the way. I just found the ball and made the play.”

(on if he was concerned the official may throw a flag for pass interference on the Colts’ last offensive play) “Not at all. You saw my reaction when I just got up and started running? Yeah, not at all.”

(on if he was more tired after the play or after the sprinting celebration) “A little bit of both. Because that was a nerve-wracking drive. Our backs were against the wall off the strength of the first play.”

(on what making the game-winning pass defense means to him personally) “It means a whole lot to me. When I made the play, I instantly thought of my family because we have been going through so much this past year. Yeah, I am just happy to make a good play for them.”

(on what this win does for the team) “We made a point of emphasis that we were going to win no matter what. No matter what situation comes up, we were going to win, and we prevailed.”

DT Willie Henry

(on what he was thinking on the last defensive drive) “We have to go out there and compete. They are an NFL football team just like we are. They draft players just like we do. They draft good players just like we do. We knew that even though their season may not be heading the way they wanted it to, we were going to get out there and get their best fight, which we did. We just had to go out there, prevail against the odds that were stacked against us, and show why we were the better defense today.”

(on if the veterans said anything in the huddle on the last drive) “The vets do a good job during times like that in the game during critical points getting us together making sure we are calm and understand our job and the situation we are in. [The vets] let us know if we get in this situation, what the best thing is to do as a defense.”

(on if this win saves Christmas) “Every win we can get this week and next week to make it to the playoffs, that is the biggest Christmas prize I can get. I definitely didn’t make [the playoffs] my first year. That is the fight right now.”

(on if the Colts were a better offensive line than they looked on paper) “I will give them credit, yes. For what they were on paper, I don’t know know what you all saw on paper or know about them on paper, but they were pretty good up front.”

(on how much he enjoys the defense being on the field in end of game situations) “I love it because it gives me and the guys I am playing with a chance to make a play that the team needs. It feels good because I know the guys I am playing with – the other 10 guys out there – all want to make plays; want to make that play of the game. I know I have a bunch of dogs out there ready to hunt.”

(on what this week is going to be like as they prepare for Cinncinnati) “It is going to be very focused, understanding that we have a goal, and that is to get to the playoffs. I do not see anything less than coming in with a work week, a work mindset, knowing that we have to get ready for this opponent that is not going to come in here and give us a ‘W’.”

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