The following is a postgame quote sheet from the Detroit Lions' 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field, October 27, 2013. Postgame notes will be available on media.detroitlions.com later this evening.
LIONS HEAD COACH JIM SCHWARTZ
On his thoughts while QB Matthew Stafford switched plays on the last touchdown play: "Well, there is strategy involved in everything."
On if the plan was his strategy or Stafford's: "Well, I mean, no. There are a lot of things that he has the option to be able to do. If he can be able to get that ball over and they're not stacking behind him, then we want to get that ball in there. Even if he didn't get it, if that would have been reversed right there, it would have been a 10-second run-off because everything reviewed inside of two minutes with the clock running, they're going to take 10-seconds off of that. We would have had two seconds to make one more play. They never even tackled him. He spun off of it and scored a touchdown. I was confused trying to figure out what they were reviewing, but it was a good win."
On the resiliency that the team showed: "I don't think that's anything unusual. Our team has been resilient through a lot of things and we needed to be today. I think we're only the second team in the history of the National Football League to win a game when you're minus-four in turnovers, so we certainly didn't make it easy for ourselves. We left a lot of points on the board. We fumbled and threw interceptions with the ball over midfield. I think a play that probably goes a little bit unnoticed or a series that goes a little bit unnoticed was after we had failed on fourth down-and-twelve, our defense went on the field and not only got a stop, but also stopped the clock, forced a holding penalty. Held them to a field goal right there, which made it a six-point game. So a touchdown won it. We also had 40 more seconds than we were planning on at that point. Defense never gave up. They did well and got that stopped. I thought that was really a key point of the game. Any time you got a minute, you got our offense, we like the odds that we can go put that ball in the end zone. Calvin made some great plays. (Kris) Durham made a great play down the sideline. Stafford, I can't imagine many people doing that other than Matt Stafford."
On who drew the holding penalty that stopped the clock: "I think it was our right defensive end, Devin Taylor. It might have been Willie (Young), I think it was Devin. We had (Andre) Fluellen in there. We had short-yardage type defense. You would have to go back to the film. If we hadn't stopped them for less than a fourth down in that position, we would have to take that penalty, which would have allowed another 40 seconds to run off that clock. That helped right there. Not because we declined the penalty, but we got the clock stopped. That was the penalty in that situation. It doesn't show up on the yardage, but it was a big play in the game."
On WR Calvin Johnson's performance: "Just wait until he's 100-percent."
On if he ever saw a game where a receiver had more yards than the other team had total: "I don't remember. I think he had the second-most receiving yards in the history of the National Football League. That would outgain a lot of offenses. I thought our defense, we gave up two big plays. One was on a blitz we really played poorly on. One we were just a whisker away from breaking up. We were doubling Dez Bryant just about the entire game, and he still made two touchdown catches, both of them he was doubled. One was an over and under zone and the other was a true double-man. He kept on making a play on us. No matter what they did to Calvin, Calvin was still productive. We needed it today."
On this win meaning more than other wins: "Yeah, I might rethink my mantra on this one. It's a big win for us. Going into the bye 5-3 as opposed to 4-4, I don't care how you really look at it. 5-3 is a successful first half of the season. We have the bye week. We have a chance to rest up. We're going to need it. We have some injury situations. I thought our coaches did a great job of managing a lot of injury situations. A lot of guys went out in the game. (Ryan) Broyles went out of the game. (Bill) Bentley went out of the game. We were in nickel and dime and it didn't leave us much margin. Don Carey came in and did a nice job in there. We lost a significant amount of players. Ziggy Ansah went out early with an ankle injury. Not only did we have to battle with the turnovers and things like that, we also had to battle the injuries and plugging guys in. They did a good job. I was proud of them. We got contributions out of a lot of guys."
On if any of the injuries are long-term: "We'll have to see on Ryan Broyles if that could potentially be long-term."
On if the mindset of the day was going for touchdowns: "My library card has been revoked. I don't know what the book says. Is that what Pro-Football Folks is or one of those people? We have confidence in our guys and we also have confidence in our defense right there. When it's done in there that tight, I think the opportunity to get seven outweighs the opportunity to get six. Now late in the game, we had a situation where we went for those field goals rather than going for it because the game situation warranted it. We kept it a one-score game, whatever it was. We want to be aggressive as much as we can. Sometimes, you need to kick that field goal. In that situation, we wanted to be aggressive and thought the potential touchdown outweighed the fact that if we missed it, if we didn't make it the way our defense was playing, we had a chance to get the ball back close to midfield anyways."
On being hopeful to win despite the turnovers: "Honestly, you don't think about that stuff like that during the game. You're just trying to manage the next drive. Each drive is a new game, whether you're up seven points or down 10 or whatever it is. You can't worry about what's happening in the past. The only thing you can worry about is the situation right now with seven minutes to play and we're down 10 points, or whatever. It doesn't matter what happened in the first quarter. If you worry about what happened before, you're not going to put yourself in a position to play at the end. Our guys know that and stayed true. There were some times it didn't really look good. Our sideline never felt that way. I was proud of the guys for that."
LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
On the team's performance: "Honestly, on offense we played, really as a team, good in the first half. We just turned the ball over. We put our defense in a bad spot. They kept doing a great job bailing us out. That's a great offense we were just playing against. Our defense was holding to threes and threes and zeros and we were turning the ball over. We can't do that, we know that. This team has a lot of resiliency. Guys believe in each other. We feel like we're never out of the game. We proved that today."
On the decision to sneak at the goal line instead of spike: "It was just in my head. I told everybody I was spiking it. I was screaming, 'Clock.' I was going to spike it. It was a feel thing. I was yelling spike, they knew I was yelling spike. I saw linebackers kind of standing like this. Our guys didn't fire off, they just stood up. I looked down and we were that far. Shoot, I'm going to go get that. I just needed to go, shoot, I don't know I was just making a play man. I was just trying to help my team win. Sure am glad that I got across."
On if anyone else on the field knew if he was going to bring the ball in for a TD: "Yes. Our whole o-line just stood straight up. I think that probably helped, I think maybe their d-line probably just stood up and was like, ‘Oh, he's not doing anything.' I don't know, I was going just for it man. Shoot, just trying to win a game."
On WR Calvin Johnson's performance: "He's unbelievable. We all know that. We see it week-in and week-out. He's a selfless player. A guy that works his tail off just to get ready to play. He's battling a lot. He catches the ball however many times he caught it today and gets hit all the time. He's, you know, a guy that works through a lot of injuries and is doing a great job. Obviously today, he made some big time catches and had some big-time moments. The touchdown that we had before the last one, going up and catching that ball in the first play. Just, the safety was out of position and Calvin Johnson on a safety is as good of a matchup as you're going to get. The guy goes up and makes a freak-show catch. He does it all the time. The best thing about that dude is how humble he is and how much of a team player he is. I can't express it enough to you guys. I say it, you guys don't really know it because you're not in the locker room with him. I understand that, but he's a heck of a teammate. Everybody respects the heck out of him."
On the sideline's reaction to the final touchdown: "They were just pumped. They were like calling me crazy and all that kind of stuff. That's the name of the game. That's what this League is about, making plays. My teammates rallied around me. I turned the ball over twice. I shouldn't have made those plays. We kept battling. We knew as a team, there was going to be a challenge. Our defense played unreal. To hold that offense and that operation to 27 (points) I believe it was, or whatever it was, and they just played unbelievable. We didn't help in that much. We turned the ball over four times. Our defense stood strong and got us the ball back and kept us in the game. We were able to make plays in the end to win it."
On if he saw LB Sean Lee on the second interception: "No. They did a good job. He cut underneath it. I really was going to throw the outside-slant to Calvin, but their corner got knocked off of (Jeremy) Ross, so I was like, ‘Oh, he's open.' Lee noticed it too."
On if the pass to WR Kris Durham late in the game was his best of the day: "I don't know. There were a lot of them today. I think I threw a lot. I don't really know the numbers, but it was a good one. It was a big play. That's the play we needed. You're kind of chipping away, chipping away, chipping away and you need a big play somewhere. It's something that the new safety on that drive or the drive before, a guy that hadn't been playing the whole game, I kind of noticed that. (Kris) Durham did a great job and never quit. He, just like everybody else in the stadium, everybody else thinks I'm throwing the ball to 81 (Calvin Johnson) right? You got to defend everybody and everybody has to run. Durham did a great job of running and makes a huge play for us. Sets us up for a chance to win the game and we did it."
On if he thought the previous possession was the end of the game "Oh, no. We had a chance to have the ball in our hands. I know it's a tall order. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I was sitting there comfortable in my boots like, ‘Oh, here we go.' No timeouts and got to get 80 (yards) against that defense.' There is always a chance. Our guys believed, battled, made some great catches and plays. We won the game. That's all that matters now."
LIONS WR CALVIN JOHNSON
On how big of a win this is: "It's big. One, going into the bye week – going into there on a good note, finishing the first half of the season on a good note. And then to be able to come back, people leaving the stadium, nobody thought we could pull it off in one minute, but we've got some firepower and No. 9 (Stafford) was on point."
On the team's mentality going into the game: "It was definitely an aggressive mindset going into the game with the play calls and everything. The whole week, it was that kind of that mentality and it definitely carried over."
On how he explains 329 receiving yards: "It's crazy. Shoot. I mean, we got one-on-one coverage and were able to hit on a lot. I don't know what our percentages were, but we were able to hit on a lot of deep passes, intermediate. We were all over the place."
On how much the Cowboys WR Dez Bryant talk affected him this week: "Like I told him when he texted me earlier – I didn't know what he was talking about when he texted me, because I don't really pay attention to the media that much. I'm just going out there doing my job."
On Stafford's game-winning touchdown: "Yeah, the clock was running. I talked to him after. He said he just saw the guys – seemed like they were about to fire off the ball, basically, so he just felt he could sneak one over on them and he definitely did."
On what went through his mind when he saw Stafford do that: "The only thing that went through my mind is that we won the game. I was happy he did it. I didn't know he was going to do it. But, like I said, it was a great move by him."
On if he was wondering prior to the final drive how they could play that well on offense and still lose: "No, because we had turnovers. We had three turnovers. Usually, statistically, we don't win games when we have turnovers like that – around the league. We kept on fighting. It's the chemistry of this team. We just kept on hanging in there and we got another chance."
On what happened on his fumble: "Yeah, I should have just dove for it. I tried to spin and he put his helmet right on my arm and it popped right up out of there."
On what he was thinking prior to that final drive: "I knew we had shot plays. It was like 3rd-and-12 or something and we ended up going 14 – 4th-and-whatever. I knew we had shot plays. I knew we had some real shots there available earlier in the game because we were talking about it all game and Matt found KD (Kris Durham) over there on the sideline."
On if he recognized Dallas' injuries at safety: "I saw No. 20 (Cowboys CB B.W. Webb) come in there. I know (J.J.) Wilcox was out prior to the game, but was there another one? I didn't know. I didn't even know."
On his mindset when he catches a ball between two defenders: "Shoot, I'm going to get hit, so I might as well make the catch. I'm going to get hit. That's just what goes through my mind, because I've been in that situation plenty of times where I didn't come down with it. I was like, ‘Shoot, you're going to get hit either way, so you might as well make it.'"
On if it's a timing thing when making a play over two defenders: "I try to time it. I try to get up before they do so I can either get interfered with or make the play."
LIONS RB REGGIE BUSH
On the win: "This is an amazing win today. It is a testament to the character to guys on this team. We kept fighting, I think we made about every mistake possible in that game, but we kept fighting till the end. They kind of messed up and got a penalty toward the end and gave us some extra time on the clock. It's the heart of a champion, the heart of a Lion."
On if someone said or did anything to motivate the team on the last drive: "No, every time that we went out there we kept telling each other to just keep fighting, to keep believing. Even all the way down to that last drive we just kept telling ourselves keep fighting, keep going. Matt (Stafford) was amazing today. To be able to go out and throw two interceptions and still fight and still keep the confidence level high, still being able to play at a high level and reach over for the touchdown, that's amazing. I only saw that one time when (Matt) Leinart reached over at the end of the game when we (USC) beat Norte Dame. That's the only other time I've seen that play."
On if this is redemption after what happened against Cincinnati last weekend: "Yeah it is. We talked about how the really good teams don't stack losses on top of losses. The really good teams are able to bounce back from the loss and stack wins on top of wins. We talked about it all week, just getting the win today. I don't think anybody could imagine it would be this ugly, but we got it."
On if the team is happier with the resiliency or more upset because of mistakes: "I think we are happier with the resiliency. This game is a physical game and we are going to make mistakes and obviously our playmakers have to do a better job. I mean me, Calvin (Johnson) and Stafford just between us three we turned the ball over four or five times today. We have to do a better job of protecting the ball. We are the leaders of the team, so we have to do a better job. We also showed the resiliency to come back and keep fighting."
LIONS G ROB SIMS
On how they won the game: "We just kept fighting and just hung in there together. We have been through so much together over the last few years. We never feel like we are out of it even though we are making mistakes, but we overcome them. It's feeling good right now. It's feeling good, we just have to keep pushing."
On if another close loss would have been a different feeling going into the bye week: "Whenever it comes down to the wire, we always feel like we are going to get it and when we don't, it's a big letdown. Being able to get it done today just affirms that we are who we think we are. All of our hard work is paying off and we just have to keep grinding."
On describing WR Calvin Johnson's game today: "The greatest. The dude is amazing. The guy doesn't say anything, Dez Bryant comes to the paper and says he thinks he's that caliber, but he lets his hands do the talking. The guy is unreal, he's a great person, a great teammate and I am happy I have the opportunity to play with him in my career."
LIONS LB DEANDRE LEVY
On the Lions' come-from-behind win: "For us to come up big and not give up like that…They made a penalty and we got the clock stopped. It was a good team win. We had each other's backs. We kept the score down in the first half with those turnovers. We gave up scores late and they responded with scores for us. We played for each other today."
On what it was like as a defensive player watching the Lions' final drive on offense: "I know it hurts for them as a defense. You think you had the game wrapped up. You have to go back out there and get one more stop. You have to kind of shift your mindset really quick. It was a great play."
On the Lions' final drive on offense: "I knew we had a chance. We got back out there with that much time, there was no doubt in my mind that Matt (Stafford) would make a play, Calvin (Johnson) would make a play, Reggie (Bush) would make a play. It worked out for us. Kris Durham came up with a huge play. He's stepping up, playing a big role for us."
LIONS DT NDAMUKONG SUH
On putting this win into words going into the bye week 5-3 instead of 4-4: "It's a great win. It's better to go 5-3 instead of 4-4. Obviously, a pretty dramatic way to go into the bye and definitely excited that we ended up on the right end of this stick. That's the important part to me, not necessarily the fashion that we did it in."
On the team's offense coming to life: "I think there was never a point that the offense was coming to life. I think they were consistent and alive the whole game, obviously just had some mistakes. On defense, we had our little down spell, but I think when we got to situational football, we as a team understood what we had to get done and we got it done. That's probably what I'm most proud about this team, is that when we got into those certain situations where we had to go and make a play or we had to get a stop and move the ball, whatever we had to do, we got that done. So that's definitely exciting. I'm proud the team is moving forward in that direction."
On overcoming injuries to the defense: "It's always tough. You obviously never want your comrades to fall, but when they do, the younger guys and guys in the backup roles, in essence, just have to step up. I feel like we did a pretty good job of that. We man
LIONS CB CHRIS HOUSTON
On the defense's mood after they forced Dallas to punt: "It's a lot of time, just like it was when we were down there in Dallas that time. It's a lot of time to get the ball back to our offense and we have Calvin Johnson, so that was the whole mentality. We get the ball back to our offense and let them do what they do."
On what this win does for the team going into the bye week: "It gives us a lot of confidence that we battled and that we can come back and win games, tough games. I believe that if this was last year or the year before, we probably would have lost. But we kind of got over that hump today, so now we know that we're battle-tested and we can overcome that."
On the Lions' overall defensive performance: "I think we can do better. We're never satisfied with our play. I'm not satisfied with my play. I can do better. Us as a defense can do better, so we don't ever want to get satisfied."
LIONS DE WILLIE YOUNG
On not letting the injuries on defense affect the play on the field: "When I saw Ziggy (Ansah) go down , do what you do to come back and if you can't do it, don't put yourself out there in a bad situation. Let's be smart. Obviously he didn't come back out, but we have enough guys to come in and be effective."
On if the team's confidence ever falters after giving up long touchdowns: "Nope, nope. Probably the biggest play of the game was that third down and they ran it and they got called for a holding on Devin Taylor. That might have been the biggest play of the game. Had they got that first down, it's over. My whole point is that we have guys on this team that can apply pressure and be a factor in us getting that "W" today."
On WR Calvin Johnson's game today: "Phenomenal. I might be his number one fan. On and off the field, the way that man carries himself even through the tough times, he lost a fumble and what does he do? He has the tenacity to do that. You saw it on film. You can't lie."
COWBOYS HEAD COACH JASON GARRETT
On the Lions' last offensive sequence: "Yeah, it was a great sequence for them. Obviously, they went down the field in quick order, made some plays in the middle of the field and got themselves into relatively good field position with the long throw down their sideline and then threw the seam route to Calvin (Johnson). That was a big play for them and then the clock was running and went with the quarterback sneak. Gutsy call by them and they executed the play."
On what he said to the team after a loss like this: "We didn't do what we needed to do to win the ball game, period. They did and we didn't and we have to live with that. Look at yourself in the mirror. It starts with me, the coaching staff and every player in that locker room. We just have to do better and learn from that experience and find a way to finish that game. We were in a great position to win that game and we had opportunities on offense, defense and the kicking game to end it and we didn't do it. We just have to understand the importance of the outcome of each sequence of each play to the outcome of the ball game. We didn't get it done."
On if play-calling in the final quarter was too conservative in hindsight: "I mean, you can go back into any point in the ball game and reflect on the play-calling and the approach and if it was too conservative or too aggressive. We thought those were good plays in the ball game at that point. We implemented the plays, we go into the right plays based on what they were playing and they did a good job forcing us into a third-down situation at that point. They did a good job coming back in the ball game, being down at that point in the game. Again, they did what they needed to do in all three phases and we didn't."
On what happened on the sideline route that got the Lions in position to score at the end of the game: "It was a cover-2 look for us on the back side and it looked like Stafford did a good job of looking strong and getting the ball back right and throwing it back weak up their sideline. There is a hole in that coverage and he drove the ball in there pretty well. He has an outstanding arm and that's a big receiver that made the play in that hole. Again, we didn't do what was necessary. We needed to close that hole at that point in the ball game."
On how big the holding penalty on T Tyron Smith was toward the end of the game: "That is a big play in the game. You get a holding penalty there, that stops the clock with just over one minute. We had to kick the field goal but you would like to, in that situation, let the rest of that time go down because they used their timeouts already. We called that third-down run and we get the clock down to about 30 (second) or even below that, but that increases your chances of winning when you take that time off the clock."
On the emotions that the team is feeling after a loss like that: "Well, we have a lot of competitive people on our football team and you probably wouldn't be on our football team or our coaching staff if you weren't competitive. You get 16 opportunities to compete your ass off and that's what we try to do. We were in a great position to win that ball game and we didn't get it done. When you put your guts out there for three hours, collectively, sometimes it's hard to swallow those kinds of defeats. What we need to do as a football team is learn from what just happened and find a way, in all three phases, to win this kind of game and do what we need to do to win the game, make the plays necessary to win. They did that and we didn't and we have to live with that, but we have to learn from it."
COWBOYS QB TONY ROMO
On not being able to get above .500 with the loss: "A very tough game to really lose that way. It's hard to win in this League, it's hard to win in general. It's hard to win on the road, especially against a good football team. We had our chances today and we just didn't get it done. It's tough."
On if this loss was more discouraging than others this season: "I think anytime you lose, it literally feels the same way every time. Obviously, a last-second loss will eat at you, but at the same time, losing by 10 or seven, either way you have to go back and figure out how to do things better. We can't have a hang-up. That's the issue with some of these games. You have to be able to let them go. It's going to be hard right now, just because it feels the way it does, but our team's mentally tough and we have to come back and show that."
On winning the turnover battle but losing the game: "Well, I think what makes it tough is that you lost period. There's going to be a lot of little things involved that we'll look at and see that we could have done. It's a tough one. Give them credit. They're a good football team. They're as advertised up front. That's a very gifted group up there and playing them at their home place. Give them credit, they did good today."
On challenging the anger in the locker room to come out on a positive note: "Our football team has been through this. A tough loss, you have to be able to put it behind you and come right back. It's not going to happen today, it'll happen tomorrow after guys have a chance to review the tape, find out what could have gone better and then go back to work. What you do is you grab a bunch of people and you put them on your football team who have the ability to mentally understand that there's going to be good games, there's going to be bad games. You're going to play well, you're not going to play as well. You have to come back next week and be at your best and that'll start when you're in practice. You let that hang over and it'll creep into the season as it gets later and each game the next one coming back. Our football team has a bunch of guys, in my opinion who care about each other, stick together and are competitive and mentally tough individuals who will go back to work and they'll get better. That's the only approach that you really can take."
On WR Dez Bryant being upset on the sidelines: "I'm sure you have seen him get emotional, which happens every game. He's a competitive guy. He's never complained to me about getting the ball. He knows that the ball's going to where it's supposed to. He knows that. When you guys sometimes see emotions from Dez, it's just trying to ‘rah, rah' more than it is being a ‘me' guy. That's not who Dez is. I think that would be completely out of character for him if there was ever a ‘me' situation. He does a great job. Sometimes he gets emotional just about, ‘Come on guys, come on, we're better than this.' Things like that, really emotionally. He's never a self-first guy."
COWBOYS WR DEZ BRYANT
On Lions WR Calvin Johnson's performance: "You guys can say whatever you want to say. When I told you it wasn't a comparison and I told you to take a different route with it, that's fine. This is a team sport. He had a hell of a game. He did some great stuff out there. Outstanding, seriously."
On if the discussion he had with QB Tony Romo was about opportunities to get more involved: "The discussion we had was basically not only with him, but with everybody else. Just critical situations. Our defense, they stopped them. We had to put up points and that kind of stuff. That's all it was."
On if he's disappointed in the loss: "Man, of course. Not only me, but everybody is disappointed. Everybody knows that we should have won this game. A game like this, man it kills you. That's all."
On the comparison between his performance and Johnson's: "Like I said, people took it over the top to an extreme. Like I said, me and him talked before the game, had a great conversation. Wished each other the best of luck. That's what it was."
COWBOYS LB SEAN LEE
On if this is the toughest loss since he's been in Dallas: "Yeah, to lose a game like that when we have a very good shot to win, we didn't execute at the most critical times. That's why we lost, it's pretty simple. We had a great shot to win and we blew it."
On if it feels like the Lions stole one: "We didn't execute, like I said, at the most critical times. We knew they only had a certain amount of time on the clock and we didn't play our technique perfect. We let them drive down the field with a minute left, that is unacceptable defensively. You can't allow that, you never think that you would allow that to happen. You have to give them credit. They made some plays, but should've never happened."
On forcing four turnovers and still not finding a way to win: "We did a good job getting turnovers, but we struggled to stop them in the second half. I think there is a lot of area to improve. We started the game strong but we didn't finish it strong. We let them score and we let them move the ball. At the end of the game we had a chance to win and we give up a bunch of big plays. It is just unacceptable."
COWBOYS DT NICK HAYDEN
On how much this loss means to the team: "Obviously, it's a hard one. We just have to learn from it, come back and get better."
On if it feels like they had the game stolen from them: "Yeah definitely, but they made the plays at the end and we didn't."
COWBOYS CB BRANDON CARR
On having a lot of family and friends at the game as a Michigan native: "I get really emotional to come back this time. It meant a lot just for a lot of my family and friends to come out and support me and see me. Had a chance to talk to my mom and my brother and niece before the game, so that was a pretty big deal. It kind of kept me calm. It's just unfortunate that we couldn't come away with the victory, but I'm just blessed with the opportunity to play this game and the opportunity for my family to be able to come and watch me and support me."
On if he viewed the game down the stretch with a "bend don't break" mentality: "With this team, you can't have a bend but don't break mentality because they have a guy that can out jump anyone in the Red Zone. Our philosophy was to keep the deep ball off our head. Like I said, they made some plays on us in the end that came back to hurt us, but you get to the end of those games, you don't want to have that bend don't break. You want to have that mentality that we can finish them off. We still have to find that within this locker room."
On Lions WR Calvin Johnson's performance: "He had a good game. I battled with him. He made some plays. It was a big task and I knew that heading into this game, but I wasn't going to shy away from it. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't shy away from it again. I'm the one out there playing this game, I'm the one out there going through it and trying to check his game and give him my best shot. I just let it rest at that. I'm going to come back stronger next week and just get ready for another game. Now we get to come home and get our crowd into the game."
COWBOYS S BARRY CHURCH
On having to sit out the final drive: "It is one of the worst experiences. Just feeling helpless as they drove down the field. It was a helpless feeling, but I have to get back and I'll be back there next week."
On if it is impossible to stop Lions WR Calvin Johnson on the slant route: "It is pretty tough, but there is no way we should let him go off for 300-something yards. We just have to play better as a unit and we just have to play better."
On if Johnson is the best receiver he has played against: "So far, yes. I mean, he is just a physical freak. Even with a jump ball, we had a safety and a cornerback there and he still came down with it. He is a freak of nature but we have to play better against those guys. We are going to see them again. We are definitely going to see them again."