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Jets Postgame Quotes 12/27

Todd Bowles, Head Coach

On the performance by the Jets today...
It was a good win. Three of the last four weeks, we've been fighting and winning these types of games, so it helps out to win one against a quality team at our place.

On if he was surprised the Patriots chose to kick in overtime after winning the coin toss...
No. I've seen some coaches do that. You have to ask them. I wasn't surprised, though. I've seen it before.

On if he was happy the Jets got the ball first...
You're always happy to get it first to try and score.

On if the Patriots choosing to kick was an insult to the Jets offense...
No. I don't think it's an insult. It's a good strategy. Unless they score a touchdown, you get the ball back either way. They stopped us a few times in the second half, so they had a little momentum.

On what it says about his team that they can lose a lead and come back to win in overtime...
We don't want to surrender a lead, but we fought back. The guys have been fighting for a few weeks now. We've grown since the middle of the season and are finding ways to pull these games out.

On how he feels about the Jets chances now that the team controls its own destiny...
That's all you can ask for. We have to get in and get to work and get ready to go to Buffalo and play a tough game.

On the Jets recent struggles against the Patriots and how he portrayed them to the team this week...
We weren't trying to portray them. We knew we had to win a ball game. Regardless of who we were playing, we knew we had to win a ball game. It just happened to be the Patriots. We knew it was going to be a hard-fought, tough game. We knew from the last game that we didn't make enough plays to win. This time, we did.

On how he felt for Quincy Enunwa making a big catch in OT after missing a chance late in fourth quarter...
It was great seeing him catch the ball. A drop is a drop and a catch is a catch. He came back in a big way. Quincy was fighting through it the entire game. He made some big plays for us.

On the tackling by the Jets defense and limiting the Patriots big plays...
They made enough of them. We tackled well. We tackle well at times. At times, we can tackle a little better. It's something you constantly work on. I felt they played together as a team and thought they fought and tried to gang tackle.

On the performance by Brandon Marshall...
He played big. He stepped up in a big game. He made some tough, unbelievable catches with guys draped all over him. He came up big.

On when he became aware that the Steelers lost...
After the game when I got into the locker room.

On if he let the team know they now controlled their own destiny to earn a playoff berth...
I think they knew before I did.

On the 'gutsy performance' of Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Marshall/Eric Decker combination 'clicking' in overtime...
They've been doing that the past couple of weeks. The guys rallied around them. They didn't panic. We showed poise where in the past, we hadn't. That's growth on their part. That's a good team effort. Fitz has been playing like that for a while now.

On if he was surprised to see the Patriots in one-on-one coverage against Decker in the red zone in OT...
No. You're not surprised. You're trying to stop us from scoring so we can just get a field goal and you can have a chance to win. You have to take some chances down there.

On if his guys told him what happened during the overtime coin toss...
No. They just told me that we got the ball. That's all you're going to ask for.

On if he was surprised the Patriots chose to kick to start overtime...
No, certain teams do it. Sometimes, it works out. Sometimes, it doesn't.

On Rob Gronkowski's catch on fourth-and-9 on the game-tying drive...
We were in two man. The guy made a good fake. He made a good throw. He made a good play. We weren't going to limit him at times. He made a good football play.

On if the Jets did anything in particular to stop Gronkowski...
We just mixed in (coverages) and tried to slow him down some.

On the defining characteristics of his team and if they are what he hoped for...
We're still growing. We still have a ways to go. I'm not saying we've arrived. We won a game. We haven't arrived yet. We still haven't gotten into the playoffs yet. There are things we have to do next week. We have things to clean up, but they fight. They're gritty. They have character and they have learned to play together. That's the biggest thing we're doing right now.

On the magnitude of this win because of what the Patriots have accomplished and if it feels different than others...
It doesn't feel any different. We've been in survival mode the last few weeks, so just beating them because they're the king of the hill gives us just one victory. We still have to go to Buffalo next week and win, but it feels good to win a tough, gritty game against a good football team.

On his first thought after Decker caught the game-winning touchdown...
It's about damn time (laughs). I was happy. I was happy for the guys. They put in a lot of work all week, so to see them fight it out and get a victory this time was good to see.

On what it meant to have Enunwa make a big catch in overtime after dropping potential game-winner in fourth quarter...
I don't know if he dropped it. It was a tough catch. His hand went up and the ball was already right there. Quincy was fighting all game. He blocked well. He caught some balls earlier and he made a big play there.

On how the Jets played defensively...
We played well most of the time in spurts. We gave up a drive and a touchdown in the second half that we can't give up. You can't surrender a lead when the game is on the line. Those guys fought hard.

On any injuries....
No. everybody that went out came back in. Everybody who played finished.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Quarterback

On whether he was surprised when the Patriots elected to kick off in overtime...
Nothing surprises you about the Patriots and strategy and what they think. We were excited to get the opportunity to get the ball and have a chance to put them away. We had a great drive there and we wanted to make sure as an offense--we had some chances to put them away that we didn't – that that was the last time and they wouldn't touch the ball anymore.

On the game-winning drive in overtime...
The one to Quincy (Enunwa) was a slant on the outside and Quincy just ran a flat route. The way they played it, Quincy is just a game changer in terms of the stuff he does for us in the run game, so they were playing off coverage on him and press outside. Quincy was able to get to the flat and you saw his strength and his athleticism on that play when he took off down the sideline. We missed the one at the end of regulation and he knew he was going to have another chance to make a play and he did. He made a great play. The one to Deck (Eric Decker) was just a great route by Eric. Eric did a tremendous job today of staying patient. I missed him on a few throws and he didn't have a lot of balls come his way, but then he makes the biggest catch of the night. He's obviously a true professional the way that he approaches it and a great team player as well. 

On how it feels to be in control of their playoff destiny...
It's great, but we have to get the job done. We have to work hard this week and go to Buffalo with a million different story lines there. We have to win the game. (I'm) excited that that's kind of figured out at this point that we do control our own destiny, but we have to take care of business.

On the second touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall...
It's just Brandon's football IQ and his passion for the game, everything. He kind of came to me and said hey there's a particular look, if we could get it, let's run this route. We got the particular look, I'm going out there to signal it to him, I look out and he's already signaling to me. So, we were on the same page there and that was 100% him in terms of his film study and him coming to me and me having the relationship with him to trust what he sees and I basically did. I just threw it up and gave him a chance to make a play and he made a great play. 

On the look that Marshall saw...
Well, they were doubling Deck and doubling Brandon a lot of the time on third down. They were just sitting a little low when they were doubling him so we felt like that might be the best way to take advantage of it.

On losing the lead that they had throughout the game...
Our defense played great today. They did a phenomenal job. We had a lot of opportunities in the second half as an offense that we just didn't take advantage of. I think we were very fortunate and thankful to get that opportunity at the end to put them away and the guys really stepped up. 

On whether he has beaten the Patriots before...
Yes. We beat them one of the first games of the year in 2011 in Buffalo. 

On whether he really understood the Patriots "king of the hill" status...
Yes, I lost to them plenty when I was in Buffalo.

On whether today's win feels any bigger than other times he has beaten the Patriots...
No. I think just in the context of our season and what this win means for our season, not necessarily who we played or who we did it against. I think that's kind of the feeling in the locker room right now and why it's so important to us and just the way that we won the game. We have to win next week, but it's nice to put ourselves in the position to where we can do it. 

On what Todd Bowles has done to coach you to this level...
Well, Todd just has a tremendous amount of confidence. I think he shows that every day. He shows it in the way that the defense plays and the way that he approaches games. He's very calm. He's got little tid bits for me, especially the last few games, in key situations just a couple little things he'll throw to me here and there, but I also think that Chan (Gailey) has done such a great job this year with this offense and really knows me a as a player and has helped me a ton. We're starting to figure it out, we're starting to get it, we're starting to understand the type of offense we can become and the guys we have and so I think Chan has done a great job of utilizing all that.

On what it feels like to be in control to make it to the playoffs...
The last five weeks, they've all been kind of do-or-die games for us, and so that's kind of how we've approached each one. We didn't have much room for error and so we've got to get the next one to get in and that's how we'll view it. This is a fun run. This has been great, the last month or so, just the growth we've shown as a team and to do it with the guys that we have in that locker room. It's been a lot of fun.

On if he is thinking the team will score before throwing the game-winning touchdown...
Yes, I had a ton of confidence. It was great to see Quincy go down the sideline, Brandon's catch that kind of brought us down there, and then the play call, the way that it was all set up to get Deck (Decker) that throw was perfect. Just the rhythm of that drive was great too. I felt real good the whole time.

On Enunwa being so close to connecting on third down and then his catch in overtime to move the Jets down the field...
Yes, I thought it was awesome. It's just the game of football. There's so many ups and down and adversity, the sack fumble where I give them a touchdown and you can't sit there and hang your head. Quincy and I, we didn't connect on probably the biggest play of the game, and then all of a sudden, then creates and even bigger moment or even bigger play in the game with what he did on that catch. It just shows that you have to be able to fight through the adversity, look forward to the next play. I thought that was a great example of that today and I think he's really grown as a football player this year and that was a good indication of why.

On the team's attitude when New England tied the game...
It was a unique feeling because we've been in that situation before. Recently, we've had a couple of games where we've had a chance to win it at the end and we've done it. We've made the necessary throws and catches and runs, so I feel like we had more confidence going into that drive than maybe any all year. We end up not getting the points out of it, but getting the second chance at it in overtime, I loved the feeling on the sideline and the feeling in the huddle when that was going on.

On if he said anything in the overtime huddle...
No, everybody knew what we had to do. We just had to step up and make plays and so there wasn't some grand, great speech or anything. It was just, let's go do our job.

On if this winning streak compares to any others in his career...
Just the significance of these wins, I don't think I've had a stretch in any of the places I've been, especially with the games in December. That's why it's been enjoyable every step of the way.

On if it is crazy to be going back to Buffalo with a win-and-you're-in opportunity...
Yes. I'm sure we'll talk about it more this week (laughter). Yes it is, just because I spent four years there and my kids, the neighbors, we've got such a great relationship with a lot of people in Buffalo. I know it's not just me, it's Chan, it's Kevin (Patullo), it's Rex (Ryan) on the other side, you guys will have plenty to write about, which will be good, but Yes it's a crazy circumstance that that's what it's going to come down to in Buffalo.

DARRELLE REVIS, CORNERBACK

On how the team was able limit big plays from TE Rob Gronkowski...
We wanted to start off fast today. We wanted keep the pressure on Tom Brady. I think we did a good job especially going against a Hall of Fame quarterback. 

On how the defense was able to keep the New England Patriots offense in check...
We came in today with a game plan. We were able to mix up a couple coverages. The front line was able to get to Brady. All we needed to do was control the game. New England was able to make plays too down the stretch. Our backs were definitely against the wall this game. We knew if we didn't get this win, our playoffs picture didn't look so good. I think we responded well. All around, we played a good game.   

On intercepting QB Tom Brady...
It was a great call by coach. The defensive line was able to get a lot of pressure on Brady .I'll have to take a look at the film. We wanted to get pressure on him and force him to make a decision he didn't want to make. 

On the Pittsburgh Steelers loss...
I didn't even know that they lost. Thank you for the news. It's pretty good. It's pretty awesome. Right now during the regular season, it's coming down to which team that will squeeze into that final wildcard spot. We will see what happens. We have one more game. We need to keep pushing as a team. 

On how it will feel facing former coach Rex Ryan next week...
It's just the next game on the schedule. They beat us earlier in the year. It will be tight game just like this one. That's what this conference does.  

ERIC DECKER, WIDE RECEIVER

On how surprised he was that New England elected to kick in overtime...
Obviously, they had a plan for what they wanted to do on that side. We knew once we received the football in overtime, we had to take care of business on that drive and all the guys stepped up and made some great plays. Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) made some great throws. It was a fun way to end the game.

On catching the winning touchdown...
It was thrilling. Those are the moments that you cherish. This game was big to us to keep us in the playoff hunt. The way we all finished, I love this team. 

On making the playoffs with a win next week...
That's what football is all about. We control our own destiny now. (If) you take care of business, you allow yourself to keep playing in January. We know that we have a lot of work to do. Buffalo beat us last time here at home. We (have to) get a good week of prep and get ready to go on Sunday. 

On celebrating with the fans after the game-winning touchdown...
It's a beautiful thing. Those are the moments you cherish and remember. It's never really the stats you remember, it's those moments with your teammates in the locker room, the excitement. The way we've been playing the game the past five weeks is what it's all about. 

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