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Bengals vs. Ravens Post-Game Quotes: Bengals

Head Coach Marvin Lewis

(opening statement) "Obviously, it's a big win for us. Anytime you come in here and win a football game, it's a big win. It's a division win, and it's on the road. And Bill Cowher told me yesterday that we stole one. I thought we played a tick off of the football. We were just a tick off offensively. We got some field goals, but we've got to get the ball in the end zone. And we were just a tick off of making those plays. We have a lot to look at and get better at. I thought, defensively, we did good things. We weren't as good as we needed to be on third down. Frankly, I thought we looked better than we were. But statistics say we need to be better. That's an area we need to continue to improve in. And, obviously, we can't give up the deep ball on the play at the end. Thought special teams wise, it was a game where there wouldn't be many kickoffs. We let the one return get out, and we let them get a good punt return. We have to keep working, but I really thought our guys stepped up and did a good job. I was really proud how they finished this thing today. We have to lick our wounds and be ready to play the [Atlanta] Falcons."

(on once the TE Tyler Eifert went down due to injury) "We have some flexibility. Obviously, when [Tyler] Eifert went down, we changed a little bit offensively from the original plan. You have to credit the offensive coaches to keeping on rolling like that. But Alex [Smith] knows his spots, so we've got some depth there."

(on the first-half defense) "I thought all 11 guys did a good job of playing defense. I think that's been my defensive motto a lot in this building. Play defense with 11 guys, and I thought everybody did a good job of doing their job. We did a pretty good job in the running game, and we were able to keep getting off the field. And that was the key."

(on bouncing back after the WR Steve Smith, Sr. touchdown) "Again, we just have to keep playing. The offense can't worry about what happened with the defense, and vice versa. We have to keep playing.  When you're up at the plate, you have to be ready to go take your swings. I thought we did a good job today."

(on keys to this series) "I don't think we had a turnover today, and I think that's huge. That's been the key to this series since I've been head coach in Cincinnati. Whoever wins the turnovers is going to win the football game more times than not."

(on the last drive on defense) "We have some depth on the defensive line, and those guys kept rotating through. Guys on the secondary were going in and out. They all missed a couple of snaps at some point today. And they did a good job. They made some big plays, and we had a lot of tipped balls today. And we need to come down with some of those. That could have been the difference in the game. If we get some of those tips to bounce our way, it could have been a different ball game."

(on how the defense keeps finding a way) "You just have to keep playing. You're not a very good football team with just one guy."

(on the uniqueness of this series) "Again, it's the turnovers. The last couple of games here have featured big plays in the end, which you don't want to have happen. When we've lost to the Ravens, we've lost by giving up big plays."

(on the message for today) "It's a 60-minute football game. Just be ready to go. When your number is called, just be ready. Let's answer the bell. We've been talking about the same thing all the time. When you're in the moment, let's make sure you're the key guy, and you're ready to make the plays to win the football game."

(on the play calling by his coordinators) "I'm proud for both guys. Obviously, they had their units well-prepared. They did a nice job of mixing things up, and it was good. I think we can just keep building on that."

QB Andy Dalton

(on the game-winning touchdown pass) "We had the look we wanted. A.J. [Green] had been telling me that he felt they were playing him soft and he could get by them. There was a straight "go ball" and he made a great play. He tipped the ball into the air, caught it and kept on running. In a game like this you have to get your best players to make big plays."

(on responding to the Ravens go-ahead touchdown) "They made a big play to Steve Smith [Sr.]. We didn't panic, we kept saying all we need is one more score, all we needed was a field goal, and we were really good at getting those in the first half."

(on the five first half field goals) "The good thing was we got close enough to kick field goals. Of course, we wanted to score touchdowns but, it is great to get points on any drive, and I think we scored on most of them. In the future we need to finish those drives."

(on read option) "I may not be as athletic as some of the guys in this league but, I feel comfortable doing it. The thing we are always looking for is the right matchup, most of the time I just handed the ball off and got out of the way. We didn't do that here very much but, in college I ran it a lot."

(on the two-point conversion) "It was basically man coverage and Mo [Mohamed Sanu] does a great job going after the ball, he made an aggressive catch and it was a big play for us."

(on the difference in the game) "We knew most of these games come down to turnovers. We came into the game with the goal of not having any turnovers and we felt that we could win if we didn't turn the ball over, which we did. Guys stepped up and did really well for us today."

(on winning in Baltimore) "We did exactly what we set out to do here today. There are a lot of tough places to play in this league and this is certainly one of the toughest. It was the only place where I had not won since joining the Bengals. But this was a complete victory by our whole team but, we have to remember it's just one win and we have a lot of games left."

WR A.J. Green

(on his touchdown) "It was an 'all go,' and Andy [Dalton] gave me a chance to make a play on the ball."

(on the tip) "It just happened. I guess I'm living right. I guess I'm doing something right in life."

(on the touchdown) "I saw Steve Smith score on his 'all go,' and I saw him not go out of bounds, and I said no, 'there's no way in heck I'm going to get down right now.' It could have gone to anybody. Andy [Dalton] just saw a match-up he liked. Trying to be a leader on this offense, I've got to make plays whenever my number is called and try to put my team in the best position to win."

(on playing at M&T Bank Stadium where he also had a big play last year) "It feels great when you're trying to become that great team that is always taking that next step. Those grind-out games that come down to the last few minutes … and coming out with a win, that's the make-up of great teams."

(on the defense) "The defense played good. We shot ourselves in the foot sometimes. But we made plays when it counted."

DE Wallace Gilberry

(on the final plays) "It's an out of body experience. We knew we couldn't take that team into overtime. We knew we couldn't let them on the board. I just took it upon myself with the calls that I was given, and with the effort my teammates were giving me, to make those plays."

(on his effort of the first sack) "You can't quit, that's been my whole make-up. It doesn't matter how tired I am, how sore I am, you have to find a way to get it done."

(on the Baltimore Ravens final possession) "You just try to win every play, and that was a new play for the game, and coach [Paul Guenther] dialed up a great call. The secondary played great in coverage, allowing [Joe] Flacco to hold it one second longer than he wanted to. So, I was there and able to take care of business."

(on the defense) "We want to make a statement. And one way to do it is to come out here on national TV against the division rival and play your heart out. And that's what we did. We're trying to find our identity and create our identity, and that's what we're doing. And it starts today, and it's going to be there for rest of the season."

S Reggie Nelson

(on the last play) "Coach [Paul Guenther] made a great call. And that's what we have to do. When our number is called, we have to perform. We did that, and the offense came back and helped us out a lot. It's a team effort. We all did our jobs, and our offense helped us out a lot in this game."

(on the Baltimore Ravens final drive) "We're just thinking, 'Just get off the field and get our offense back on the field to finish it off.' That's what you want to do. You want to see your offense take that knee. You don't want to be out there on the field fighting for it. We have a lot of work to do. And when we come in Monday, we're going to look at the field and see what we did and fix it."

(on holding the Baltimore Ravens scoreless in the first half) "It's the NFL – anything can happen. We only kicked field goals. So we knew we were in a dog fight. We're always in a dog fight when we come in here. And it's always going to be like that."

CB Adam Jones

(on winning in Baltimore) "It's great to come into a hostile environment and win. The crowd was really rowdy. It was the first game of the year, and it was a great atmosphere."

(on his long punt return) "The punt came in low, and I trusted the guys in front of me. For a minute, I thought I was gone but, I hesitated a little bit, and it cost me. I know I will get other chances. This is just our first game."

DT Domata Peko

(on pulling out the win) "It was a tough game for us, and we were on the field a lot the second half. Even though it was tiring, we are in good conditioning because we worked hard all week. However, the temperature wasn't too bad out there. It was warmer in Cincinnati where we practiced all week."

(on the importance of winning in Baltimore) "The last time I checked, we won the AFC North last year so this shouldn't be a surprise. However, coming in here and winning says a lot about our team. It's a huge win for us. It's on the road, and it's an AFC North game. We need to keep going." 

MLB Vincent Rey

(on the win) "It feels good. I'm glad to get the win and get the season started right. We do have some things to correct, but the most important thing is we got the win, and on that fourth down, we got the stop."

(on the Bengals' go-ahead score) "Just like in any other NFL game, the momentum shifts all the time. When you're riding high, you try to stay even keel because you know they're going to try to make a play"

(on the sacks at the end) "That's just the back end, the defensive backs, playing hard defense and the D-line continuing to rush, playing hard even though they're tired. It's the fourth quarter, it's kind of hot out there, but they continue to play. That's team defense, right there."

RB Giovani Bernard

(on the win) "It was good, especially opening the season in a hostile environment."

(on the offense's performance) "We need to continue to work on the red zone. We got in there a lot, and we weren't able to come out with six points each time. It's going to happen, but at some point, we have to put it in for six and help the defense out. It's all about finishing with us, and we just have to get better."

(on the game-winning TD) "Coming in the clutch, that's just what play-makers do. We needed some help, some guys needed to step up, and it was A.J. [Green]."

CB Terence Newman

(on the victory) "Throughout the course of the season, you're going to have some games where you're going to have to fight. You might be down in some games and come back. You might be up in some games, like today, go down and then have to come back, which will build the team in a positive way. No matter what happens throughout a game, we know we still have a chance to win."

(on the difference between the two halves) "At halftime, they're going to go in and make adjustments. Their coordinator obviously saw some things that we weren't doing very well. They tried to capitalize on it and made some [plays]."

(on winning in Baltimore) "It's definitely a plus. We've got to see them again, and they're going to remember this, but we still have a long season ahead. We're just looking for the next opponent now and try and correct the mistakes we made today."

(on playing in the hot weather) "It was pretty warm. The field, I don't remember it being so hot. My feet were burning early in the first quarter. I thought about changing shoes, but it was just the surface was pretty warm. That's what we go through training camp for, so we can be prepared and be in condition when you have to play the number of plays we played."

LB Emmanuel Lamur

(on the play of the defense) "We just had to finish. It was a good game plan. If somebody gets hurt, the next man up has to be ready."

(on his return after 2013) "It's a blessing being on that field, looking up in the sky, praying to God. I was getting a little emotional out there. I've been given a second life. I'm just enjoying the game, having fun with my boys, just going out there and trying to win games."

(on winning in Baltimore for the first time since 2009) "Coach [Marvin] Lewis talked about keeping our poise, [doing] our jobs and executing. That's what we did."

(on his INT) "I read my keys. Coach [Paul Guenther] called a great play. I read the quarterback's eyes, broke on the ball, and executed the play."

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