What they said: Titans, Lions players and coaches talk about Sunday's game

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 8:44pm

What players and coaches from the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions had to say about the Titans’ 44-41 overtime victory Sunday at LP Field:

• Coach Mike Munchak: “I can honestly say, 30 years being around the NFL, I never saw anything close to what we experienced in this game — the highs, the lows, both sides of the ball. … We obviously thought that we had put it away.”

• Cornerback Tommie Campbell: “You sit back and you see the Hail Mary and you say it can’t happen. But then when actually see something like that you’re like, ‘Wow.’ But somehow we still pulled through. … We did something probably nobody though we could do [Sunday].”

• Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey: I am very exhausted right now. It’s a long game. I’ve got to get some rest up and get ready for next week. … If you give it your all you are going to be exhausted. So that’s how I am right now.”

• Wide receiver Nate Washington: “This is a crazy league. We have to do a better job of closing. I’m grateful that we got the win but we can’t let those types of things happen at the end of a game where they are able to come back. I have never been involved in a Hail Mary that got caught. It’s kind of crazy.”

• Running back Chris Johnson: “It was so crazy, so much of an up and down game. And then in the end see them throw the Hail Mary and get the touchdown, it looked like things were going their way. It was good we stuck with it and came out with the victory.”

• Quarterback Jake Locker: “Our focus all week was to kind of forget about things that were in that past that we can’t control anymore and so I think it was real fitting for kind of everything that we faced this week. I’m just so proud of the guys for rallying together, sticking together, believing in what we had going on and finding a way to win the game.”

• Coach Jim Schwartz: “I've been around a lot of crazy games but I don't know if I have ever been around one like that. Good job by the Titans. They made the plays in the game to win the game. We didn't make the plays. We had opportunities, we kept drives alive with penalties, particularly third down and long. We turned the ball over, we gave up special teams scores, two of them, and when that happens we were lucky just to be in the game at the end.”

• Quarterback Matthew Stafford: “The guys kept playing and anything can happen. I have never been a part of anything like that where you score a touchdown and get an onside kick and throw a Hail Mary and it works, and then go to overtime. There were some tough breaks along the way today. We had too many balls bounce the wrong way. Mistakes and penalties cost us this week.”

• Quarterback Shaun Hill: “It was a tough one — a lot of ups and downs throughout that game. To be right there at the end, with a chance to win it, I know I liked our chances there at the end.”

• Defensive end Cliff Avril: “That was definitely a roller coaster.  Never been a part of that-crazy-you're down 14 with a few minutes to go, and then the next thing you know you're back in the game. It was definitely crazy, as far as for us there are a lot of corrections that we have to make on our part to be able to pull that game out.”

• Wide receiver Titus Young: “We practice that play all throughout camp-situational practicing. I saw Calvin (Johnson) running down the middle, and I knew everyone was going to try and get in front of him. He was our post-up guy, basically the guy who was going to go for the ball, so I just put myself in the best position I could from the pile and it just came to my hands.”

2 Comments on this post:

By: st8of10ec on 9/24/12 at 7:39

Nate Washington's catch for the TD should be on the ESPY's this year!Coach Schwartz showed a lot of class with his comments.Good job Titans you beat a quality team,now let's knock off Houston!

By: joe41 on 9/25/12 at 2:01

What a game. I saw the Music City Miracle. This topped it by a mile. the ups and downs gave my heart a workout. The whole last quarter deserves an ESPY!