K MATT BRYANT ON GAME WINNING FIELD GOAL “It was huge. It was big for this team and this organization. We fought so hard through the whole game. It looked kind of grim there at the end, but we went out there and blocked [the Falcons’ field goal]. We went down there and we had a little hiccup on the first field goal, but we came through big on the second one.”
CB RONDE BARBER ON THE WIN “Back on top of the division, which is good. Dallas did us a favor against [Carolina]. It is important to take care of our business. It is always tight trying to get in the playoffs. We have an opportunity to win our division. If we win, it is ours. [The swing of] emotions in overtime was ridiculous.”
LB DERRICK BROOKS ON THE GAME “It was two teams refusing to lose. Knowing how small the window of victory is. The first time the Falcons went from highest of highs to lowest of lows. And, we went back from the highest of highs to lowest of lows.”
BROOKS ON THE FIELD GOAL BLOCK “We all [did]. All 11 of us. You look at how we rushed field goals all year long. This is just that moment [special teams coordinator] Coach [Rich] Bisaccia has been talking about. You all just keep pressing, keep pressing [and] we are going to get ours. And today, we did.”
BROOKS ON PLAYING FOR THE DIVISION “We’re just going to look at the opponent, New Orleans. Not taking anything lightly. We know they’ve always played us tough. And, we expect a tough fight. We want to win our division. We have to go out here and take it.”
RB CARNELL ‘CADILLAC’ WILLIAMS ON THE WIN “This team has been through so much. We have had some really good wins. Last week, we got blown out 28-0, but one thing I noticed as a team, we bounced back. We forget about the last win or loss and come to play on Sundays.”
WILLIAMS ON GOING OVER 1,000 YARDS IN THE SEASON “That feels great. I think much of my offensive linemen to tie in those guys. They need as much praise as I need. Those guys just paved the way. It did feel great, but this is a team victory and we control our own destiny. If we can come out, and next week win the division, that will be an even sweeter feeling.”
HEAD COACH JON GRUDEN ON THE WIN “I am just very proud of our team. I just have to keep reminding myself that the game is officially over. That was a real gut check. Things did not look good for a little while, and coming off a very difficult loss last week in New England, I thought our team played as hard as they could against a team that had their back against the wall, [a team] that we have a lot of respect for. That is a credit to these guys. We made plenty of mistakes, but we were able to hang in there and that is what I am most proud of this football team. They will play hard.”
GRUDEN ON CHRIS SIMMS “I tell you, he got off to a great start and I believe he started having success which sometimes can be a conflict to some young quarterbacks. He made a couple questionable decisions trying to get too much out of a couple of plays, but our protection wasn’t very good at times today. We knew that coming in here that the strength of the Falcon defense was their ability to rush. They are a great pass rushing team and we had a couple opportunities down the field. Chris [Simms] got blindsided one time on an interception and, I think, we just tried to force the issue with [Joey] Galloway in a blitz situation right before the half.”
Quotes courtesy of Bucs Game Day Radio Broadcast
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