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Postgame Quotes: HC Brian Daboll, QB Daniel Jones

Head Coach Brian Daboll

Daboll: Tough game. Give them credit. They made a few more plays than we did. You have two turnovers, a blocked punt, to be in the game at the end of the game, the guys were resilient, but you can't have those mistakes. The fumble took away three points, interception took away at least three points, that's minimum, and then we give the ball back to them in our end zone or in our territory where they hit (Justin) Jefferson there. We got him doubled, but he makes a good play, and they made the plays they needed to to win the game, so give them credit. Long field goal, it was a good kick by the kicker.

Q: Wide receiver screen to Jefferson, looked like you were signaling the guys to go that way. Did you see that play kind of developing before the snap?

A: I don't remember. I mean, I think I saw -- I thought he was going over there, but 61-yard field goal, I think he's 10 of 18 on 50-plus yarders, had a long one. They made the plays they needed to to win it. Give them credit.

Q: You guys were very aggressive in some of those 3rd and long situations, defensively I'm talking about. What's your thought --

A: I thought he mixed it up. I thought Wink (Martindale) had a good plan. He mixed it up.

Q: So you're all on board with them -- those two big Jefferson catches --

A: Yeah, I thought Wink had a good plan. I thought he mixed it up and they made a couple good plays.

Q: Daniel seemed very accurate today. On the interception --

A: It was a little bit behind him. Good play by 7 (Patrick Peterson) there. He's a good player. Made a heck of a play, and again, there's another turnover in the fringe that takes away points.

Q: Were you aware of the other scores around the league in terms of --

A: No.

Q: You would have made the Playoffs -- if you guys did win the game, you would have clinched a playoff berth. How much do you look at that as a missed opportunity?

A: I look at it as let's get ready for the Colts. Had some missed opportunities, fix what we need to fix and get ready for the Colts.

Q: How big does it make next week then?

A: Same as this week, same as all the weeks. Every game is important. We've got to make sure we do a good job of game planning, executing, decision making. They're all big. There are only 17 of them.

Q: What did you make of Daniel's play overall today?

A: I thought he did some good things. Look, all of us, we just didn't do enough to win the game.

Q: Any early word on Azeez Ojulari?

A: No.

Q: Do you know how he got hurt?

A: I don't know the play, no.

Q: Did you have any thought on trying a 62-yard field goal at the end of the half there?

A: No.

Q: The interception that was overturned not to your benefit, did you have a feeling it was going to be in real time, or did you think it was a good pick?

A: The one to (Cor'Dale) Flott? I think it's a pick until they said they were going to look at it, and when they say it's not, then it's not.

Q: The blocked punt right up the middle?

A: Looked like it, yeah. Looked like Casey (Kreiter) was on the ground, picked him I think. Go back and look at it, but it looked it was right up the middle, saw Casey on the ground.

Q: Even though it's a loss for you, do you feel good about the way your team played overall?

A: No, you never feel good after a loss. You never feel good after a loss.

Q: On 4th and 2, can you take us through the play call, Saquon's touchdown? A run there is kind of a risky call. Take us through that process.

A: I thought it was the best call for that situation. If it doesn't work, it's not a great call; if it works, it's a good call.

Quarterback Daniel Jones

Q: How would you describe the emotions of that game?

A: Yeah, I mean, it was a lot of back and forth. I thought we executed well at times and moved the ball well and then stalled out a couple key situations that can't afford to have happen going forward, and then obviously the kick at the end was tough. But credit to them; they played well. Big-time play at the end.

Q: Can you talk about the interception?

A: Just a bad throw. Just threw it behind him, got to give a better ball there.

Q: The two-point conversion, could you go over what happened, what you saw?

A: Yeah, just a play designed to get out of the pocket and get everything flowing, a lot of options, a lot of guys out on the route, and (Daniel) Bellinger did a good job finding space at the back of the end zone and made a nice catch on it. Just kind of played overload on one side of the field, tried to find someone.

Q: The Seahawks and Lions both lost. If you had won today you'd be in the playoffs. What are your thoughts or emotions about that?

A: Yeah, we're disappointed we lost for sure. I think in terms of the playoffs and how that positions us, I think our focus was on today and winning the game today. The fact that we didn't do that is certainly disappointing, and we'll regroup, see what we can do better and look forward to playing better next week.

Q: Did you have any awareness about those games at all?

A: No, no.

Q: How much was that brought up afterwards, that it was a missed opportunity to make the playoffs, or was it?

A: It wasn't really something we talked about. I think, like I said, our focus was on this week and winning this game this week, and we didn't do that. As far as how that affects our playoff picture or how that looks, that's not something we were focused on. We wanted to win the game because that's always our goal.

Q: Are there any lessons to take from this game in terms of playing really well and then maybe three, four plays that kind of cost you?

A: Yeah, I mean, I think in games like this against a good team, those three, four plays, you've got to make them. You've got to be able to make the big play at the critical point in the game, and we didn't do that today. We did do a lot of things well. We moved the ball well. We did make some plays. But not enough, and against a good team like that, you've got to make those few plays. We'll look at it, see what we can do better and look forward to making them in the future.

Q: Were you thinking that the game plan would allow for you to put up the numbers that you did, 300 whatever yards?

A: I think we had a good plan going in and some things to attack what they were doing, and I thought guys stepped up and did make some plays for us. Offensive line played great. Saquon (Barkley) played great. Receivers made some big plays, too.

Q: You've had good ball security over the last couple games. After you throw that interception how do you approach the next offensive drive?

A: Yeah, I think you want to understand what happened and communicate and make sure it doesn't happen again, but can't let it affect what we're doing going forward. Can't let it affect your mindset and approach, so just try to stay aggressive and keep taking opportunities when they're there.

Q: Where were you last night when the shooting occurred?

A: I was in the dining room at the hotel, and so we were locked down there. But yeah.

Q: What goes through your mind at that point when you know there are some guys that are in the mall at that moment?

A: Yeah, I mean, it was a scary situation. Obviously that's what you're concerned about is the guys who were in the mall. Yeah, sad situation, so thoughts to the family of the guy who lost his life, and glad everyone on our team was okay, but certainly kind of a scary situation.

Q: Did you have any trouble sleeping after that? It's an adrenaline thing, obviously.

A: I didn't personally, but yeah, scary situation.

Q: How have you gotten into such a chemistry with Isaiah Hodgins?

A: Yeah, I think he does a really good job. He's where you expect him to be, and he does a good job getting open and making plays. A lot of credit to him. He's a smart player. He's a dependable guy. He's done a good job for us.

Q: How anxious were you to get into overtime after that drive? Did you think you could carry that over into OT?

A: Yeah, I thought we were playing well, and yeah, an opportunity to play overtime I thought was a good one for us. Yeah, credit to them. Great kick, great play there at the end to get into field goal range, and yeah, a lot of credit to them.

Q: You would now have a chance to win next week at home and clinch that playoff spot. How big does that game become and how big of an opportunity is it for the home fans?

A: Yeah, it's a huge opportunity for us. We're looking forward to it, and we'll do everything we can to prepare as well as we can this week and get ready for a good opponent on Sunday. Take it day by day, do everything we can, get the most out of each day so that we are as prepared as we can be, and then cut loose Sunday. We're excited for the opportunity.

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