'I feel like something special is brewing'
Q: Was that just a tremendous, gut-check, winning performance by your defense against an explosive offense on the road?
Harbaugh: I wholeheartedly agree. That was a great defensive performance by our football team. I'm so proud of our guys today.
Q: Can you explain what happened after you shook hands at the end of the game with Lions coach Jim Schwartz?
Harbaugh: Yeah, yeah. I was really revved… I was just really revved up. It's totally on me. I shook his hand too hard. I really went in, and it was a strong, kind of a slap-grab handshake, kind of like the same as I've been doing with (Blake) Costanzo and a few of the other guys. So that was on me. A little too hard a handshake there.
Q: What else happened in there?
Harbaugh: There was some in there … then bump to get bumped, it felt like a chest-bump there. But I don't take that personally. That was on me. It was a little too hard of a handshake. But a hell of a game. That was just one great game.
Q: What was Schwartz saying in there?
Harbaugh: I don't know what he was saying. I really don't. I couldn't tell you what he said.
Q: You looked kind of agitated afterward when he started chasing you…
Harbaugh: (Laughs). I was not agitated, believe me. Not agitated. Very happy. Very happy with the win. It's a great thrill of winning. Great feeling of victory. I'm really proud of our football team.
Q: How did you manage to keep Detroit out of the end zone today? The red-zone defense was superb.
Harbaugh: Well, like I said, it was just a great team defensive performance by our guys. Pass rush was unrelenting, it was there all day. We thought we did a great job stopping the run. And 81 (Calvin Johnson) caught the ball and he's a heck of a football player, but we made plays and hung in there. It was a great defensive performance.
Q: Can you talk about your touchdown play on fourth down that won the game at the end?
Harbaugh: We hit (Delanie Walker) on the slant, threw a strike to him. Delanie did a great job keeping his knee off the ground. As you could see the replay – we saw it about three or four times there from the field – and we got the ball in.
Q: Were you concerned when that final touchdown play went to replay?
Harbaugh: Yeah, you always do. You wonder when you have to wait to see how it's going to come out. But it felt better when I could see the replay on the Jumbotron.
Q: It seems like you had to overcome a lot of your own mistakes today, like 10 penalties at halftime…
Harbaugh: At least. We overcome a lot in today's ball game.
Q: Was there a message at halftime to calm down and get it together?
Harbaugh: Everybody was saying the same thing to each other. You know, let's play with cool heads, let's make good decisions.
Q: What's a victory like this say about your players and your team considering the magnitude of the game and the way you were overcome that adversity?
Harbaugh: It says we've got a lot of character. You know, they've got steel in their spine, they really do. I feel like something special is really brewing here.
Q: Can you talk a little about your emotions getting the best of you there at the end?
Harbaugh: "I was very emotional about the outcome and how our players played. Hopefully you understand that. ... It fires me up. Fires me up a lot. I'm not going to apologize for that. If it offends you, so be it.
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