Manning Postgame Quotes

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning handled a few questions from the media following the Colts win on Sunday over the Jets. Find out what he had to say about the team's second victory at the Meadowlands this year.

(On the narrow victory)
"Tomorrow we will start going back and analyzing things, seeing what we could have done early. Right now these are the wins you want and you try to enjoy them. Coach Dungy reminded us after the game that we do know how to win in close games -- there truly was never any panic. When they ran the kickoff back, we were just getting back to the bench. We didn't have any time to get mad, or to panic, if you will. Everyone was fatigued. We just sat down and we saw someone score. I was on the phone talking to (QB coach) Jim Caldwell and I had to hurry up and hang up. I didn't get in much of a conversation with him. We were real patient. The first part of the two-minute drill, we didn't have any timeouts. That was going through my mind, I didn't want something about it, you don't sit there and talk about it, you talk about what you are going to do right now. The coaches gave us the plays they were thinking of and told us to go down there and get it in the end zone."

(On TE Bryan Fletcher who came in after Ben Utecht was injured)
"He did a great job. He knows all the details. He's not in the starting rotation, but he knows his assignments. When called upon, he's always there. He's like Cris Carter -- if you throw him the ball, he always makes the catch. That was a huge play for us."

(On spiking the ball after scoring a touchdown)
"There might have been a little spiking going on. It was exciting. You practice those two-minute drills all season. Everyone imagines when you are in your backyard and it's the last drive and you have to go do it. That's always something you'd like to do."

(On the Jets running the no-huddle offense)
"They obviously did a good job. They caught us with some substitutions. They cost us some timeouts. They kept the tempo up, they put a lot of pressure on our defense. They did a good job on converting on third downs, but our defense did a good job of not giving up any free, long plays. They did a good job of keeping the Jets out of the end zone on that fourth-and-goal, when they had the interception. That was huge. The Jets didn't play very much man-to-man. They played a lot of double safeties, and safety double-covers. When you do that, you've got to be able to run the football. If you can't, then it can be a tough day passing."

(On when he almost pulled it down to run in the fourth quarter)
When a team is playing man-to-man with two safeties and the backs are going out, sometimes the middle of the field just opens up. I was about to run. I saw the D-line pull back a little bit and then I saw the safety come up, which took him out of his zone and let Marvin (Harrison) catch the ball. He probably would have scored a touchdown if I didn't throw it so far out of bounds. If we don't get that, at that point, then we have a long fourth down."


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