"I thought our guys gave great effort. I thought we played well except for (a few) errors. They returned the kickoff, and then the points right before half played a big role in the game. Our guys came back in the second half and acted like there was nothing wrong. We missed a field goal, then we had the interceptions and the dropped punt. Our guys fought their tails off."
"I hated to lose this game. I hate to lose anyway, but I really hate to lose this one. I thought we were us today. When we got on the goal line, we threw the ball and didn't try to run it. I called the fake punt because I thought it was the right call for us at the time. I thought it was time to take a shot. We went back to being us. We wanted to throw the ball and run the draw with DeAngelo (Williams). We looked more like us."
On second half adjustments.
"I really don't know. You would have to ask Joe Lee (Dunn) about that. I thought that when we dropped the punt and gave them the ball on the four-yard line and didn't give up any points we played well and made good adjustments. Our guys really played their tails off."
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