Head Coach Mike Pettine
(opening statement)"I talked to the guys, sometimes you get wins that define things for you, that become a turning point, and we're hoping that was this for us. We did a lot of bad things, but we found a way. That's what this league is all about. To me, the resolve of the men on the sideline, each side looking at each other. We know we didn't play well, but we made just enough plays."* *
(on the significance of the win)"I don't know if it's sunk in yet, but on the plane ride home, it may. This is a huge win for us. You put in so much time, and to play well in stretches and to come up short would be very frustrating. But to find a way to win a game like this, with everything on the line, I can't tell you how satisfying that is."
QB Josh McCown
(on throwing for 457 yards)"It was obvious on Wednesday that we were going to have to throw the ball to win this game. But we are ready to do this every week. We've got the receivers. We've got the offensive line, and we've got playmakers. We want to be efficient on offense in terms of running and passing, and I think we were today."
(on getting the win after people wrote him off)"I never wrote me off. The people in Cleveland never wrote me off. I respect the job that [the media] has to do,but I can't let it affect me. You have to block out the noise and keep a good mindset."
TE Gary Barnidge
(on making a touchdown catch with his legs)"I jumped up, and I knew the ball hit his foot. Then, I could feel the ball on my leg. I was cupping it, and I reached down and pulled it in. It's a great catch only because we won. Honestly, it was a lot of luck, not much skill. There's no way you can ever practice a catch like that. I wasn't laughing about it at first, but now I can laugh about it because we won the game."
LT Joe Thomas
(on the big passing day by the offense)"They were blitzing the safety and trying to do whatever they could to take away the run game. So after the first quarter, we said, 'Screw it. We're going to play with three wide receivers, and if they're going to try and blitz the run game, we're just going to make the throws on the edges and take the ball down field.' We knew it was going to be one of those huge passing yards game. The way they were trying to blitz us and take away the running game."
WR Taylor Gabriel
(on the win)
"It felt good. We all came together as brothers. We could feel it on the sideline, everybody wanted to win and get the divisional win. We were always one play away. There were big catches, big plays by the offense, and the defense stepped up as well. We all came together and got the win."
ILB Karlos Dansby
(on the defensive performance)"I think we did what we had to do to get the win. Whatever was necessary, we did it. A couple guys made some sacrifices and we got off the field when we needed to get off the field. We stood up when we had to. When our backs were against the wall, we stood up and made plays to give our offense an opportunity."
RB Isaiah Crowell
(on winning in overtime)"We did a great job at the end, after fighting through the whole game, and we handled our business. Everybody wanted to win. We kept fighting and pushed the ball down the field. We basically did what we wanted to do, and we came up with a victory."