Said Patriots S Patrick Chung of the Jaguars’ offense picking apart New England’s secondary early in the game, “They just started faster than us. We just had to get our composure back and just play ball.”
Said Jets coach Rex Ryan of the Chargers sacking QB Greg McElroy 11 times, “It was great on their part, but ridiculous on our part.”
Browns WR Josh Cribbs wasn’t happy with some of the things fans were saying on Twitter after Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
When asked about his final interception, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said, “There is nothing to talk about. You saw it, I threw it to them.”
The Texans need to do something on Sunday that they’ve never done in franchise history: Beat the Colts in Indianapolis.
Colts coach Bruce Arians’ comment about clinching a playoff berth was short and to the point: “Mission accomplished. That’s all I can say.”
Said Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey of falling short against the Patriots, “I am very disappointed for our team. I am very, very, very, very, very proud of this football team.”
Multiple players on the Titans used the word “embarrassing” to describe their 55-7 loss to the Packers.
Said Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas of a 22-yard touchdown catch from Peyton Manning, “Peyton put the ball right on the spot. He always does.”
One writer whose family has had Chiefs season tickets for 45 years says the franchise has never been lower than this.
After the Panthers knocked Raiders QB Carson Palmer out of the game, Raiders DE Tommy Kelly wanted to go after Panthers QB Cam Newton: “You take our guy out, we’re going to go and try to take your guy out.”
The Cowboys missed injured LBs Sean Lee and Bruce Carter in the loss to the Saints.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t have an answer for why his team played so badly in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens.
The Bears will benefit from the Packers beating the Vikings on Sunday, which led Bears coach Lovie Smith to joke, “I’ve always been a big Packers fan.”
Said Lions coach Jim Schwartz, “I’ve been an NFL fan my whole life, dating back to watching Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry as a kid, and I’ve coached in this league for 19 years. I’ve seen a lot of Hall of Famers, but I’ve never seen a better player than Calvin Johnson. He just broke a record set by Jerry Rice, who is arguably the best player in this history of this league.”
The Falcons say they’ll play to win in Week 17, even though they’ve already clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Said Panthers QB Cam Newton of beating the Raiders, “We understand what kind of game it was. It wasn’t pretty. There are going to be games like this. Obviously, we want to have high-scoring, high-powered games to give the fans. But a win is a win in this book and I’ll take it anyway I can get it.”
Said Saints TE Jimmy Graham of beating the Cowboys, “This is a special team. To go out here and have nothing on the line and to play for each other, that’s what we talked about — being a New Orleans Saint and playing for each other like a brotherhood. We’ve taken that to heart this whole season. We put everything we had out there for each other.”
Jim Harbaugh suffered his worst loss as coach of the 49ers on his 49th birthday.
Said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll of beating the 49ers, “We didn’t play any different than we’ve been playing. That’s absolutely what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to play the same week after week after week.”