Head coach Tony Dungy
"Big win for us. A good one to get. It's very, very difficult to beat a team twice, and we were able to do that. Houston, you have to give them a lot of credit. I thought their offense was very sharp, especially in the second half. Defensively, we weren't as sharp, but they do that to you. They have a lot of things that you have to defend. You can't give them the big run. We gave them two long runs today, and that was really tough on us. I thought we fought for how we practiced and how many guys we had out of practice early in the week. We bounced back and did pretty well. Last week our defense got the takeaways and made a couple of big plays. This week it was our offense that kind of saved us in the second half with those long drives and touchdowns. All in all, a good win for us."
On DB-Melvin Bullitt's interception:
"(NY Yankees closer) Mariano Rivera, it's not often that you get one to end a game in a season but to have three and three big ones when we needed them, that's great. Melvin's doing a good job. He's playing for (DB) Bob (Sanders) and making things happen and learning as he goes, and he's getting better and better every week. I'm happy for him that he is making those big plays. Happy for us too."
On Bob Sanders' injury:
"He had some swelling after practice on Thursday, really Friday morning. He left Thursday and we felt like he was going to be fine, and it's just one of those things. We'll just have to investigate and keep working on it and hopefully he'll be ready to play this week. If not, Melvin will get a lot more work."
On their streak:
"We're on a three-game streak. We haven't gotten one all year. November is the time to get them. We have a tough opponent (San Diego) coming up on the road next week. It will be a huge game. Getting three in a row, getting back into the race, was big for us."
On the running game:
"That was nice today. There is no question we have said all along that is what we try to do. We stayed committed to it during games, especially during practice, working on things, trying to fix things. That is always what we try to be here is a balanced offense. Try to keep the defense off balanced with the threat of 1st and 10 of running the ball, drop back and pass, or to run play action. Certainly the best we have done this season. Credit to a lot of guys. Of course Dominic and Joe both ran hard, but the offensive line blocked great. Tight ends, receivers blocked down field. There is a lot of great effort there allowing some of those extra yards. That was important today."
On everything clicking with the offense:
"It's hard to say I guess, because obviously its all about winning. Finding different ways to win based on what the defense is giving you. Houston really came out today playing a lot of double safety, two man combination coverages where they were sort of daring us to run. It makes it hard to throw because there is a lot of double coverage. When you have some 1st and 2nd down negative plays and you got 3rd and 10s and 3rd and 12s that is playing into their hands. That makes it tough on you. When you can run the ball effectively and your going 2nd and 2 and your 3rd and 1, we went a couple series there where we didn't even have a 3rd down. That is ideal. Its hard to think of the last time, I think someone said that the last 100 yard game we have had by a back since maybe Week 8 of last year, so that has been long overdue. Came at a good time to have this game and hopefully we can build off of it."
On being comfortable with the offensive line:
"Sure, absolutely. It is very similar to getting timing with receivers or running backs or tight ends. You like to get a feel for your lineman and kind of where they expect you to be, kind of how long you are going to have on certain throws. It's a timing thing with a quarterback and his lineman. Its been nice to have the same unit, like you said, for the past few weeks and get a little continuity there. Hopefully we can keep that a unit for the rest of the way and build off of that."
On the offense today:
"It is one of those things where, we are a no huddle team and we were winning today because we never stopped, never took our pedal off the gas. I felt like we had Houston's defense maybe a little bit fatigued. Had them on the ropes. So that drive, obviously you want to keep that same momentum and tempo, at the same time run a little clock. What you don't want to do is go out there and huddle and take you out of your offense and play into their hand, but we still were running a little clock, but the best way to run the clock is to keep making first downs."
RB Joseph Addai
On the running game:
"It gets frustrating, but you still have to stick with it. That is the biggest thing, just coming back after games. Come in on Wednesday and refocus and kind of go in the direction you want to go. The biggest thing is just getting the win and we were able to do that."
On the frustration with the running game prior to today:
"I mean we are all human. You want to get past the norm and be able to stay focused, but regardless, sixty minutes on the field you are focused, but when you go home its like, ‘Man I wish this could have happened or that could have happened.' I mean everything happens for a reason. Now we are just trying to win games."
On whether anything was different schematically with the running game:
"Same plays. I mean just really trusting it. Just trusting it. We were able to do that and everybody was on the same page and we were able to get the win."
On the success he and RB-Dominic Rhodes had:
"You want everybody to be successful. So we were able to do that, both runners. Offensive line did a great job. Peyton did a great job putting us in different situations. It happened for us and we got the win."
RB Dominic Rhodes
On the game:
"Today we came out and we established ourselves. In the first half, they were coming pretty hard, and they were kind of getting the best of us. In the second half, we imposed our will and we played some good ball. It kind of reminded me of the game before, how we played. It might be close in the first half, but in the second half we kind of pull away and just do what we do. Today, we played a pretty good game."
On if the team talked about getting the running game going at halftime:
"We always talk about getting the running game going. It was more just, ‘Keep doing what we do and eventually they're going to get tired and we're going to start picking up chunks,' and that's what happened."
On if the team is climbing the ladder in the AFC:
"Yes. November and December, everybody knows, that's the time when the good football teams step up and that's when the good football teams step out. Usually, in November and December, we play pretty well. We're doing that again and it's at the right time. We just have to keep pushing on."
On the team having a winning streak going:
"It's always good to have a streak. It's also good (because) in November we get off on Mondays (after a win), so it's just more incentive. We want to win every week, but like I said, the good teams step out in November and December. That's what this game is all about. The good teams play well at this time of year."
On if having a 1-2 punch with him and RB-Joseph Addai is ideal for the team:
"Most definitely. It's always good when we can get that 1-2 punch going, because then you don't know where we're going to hit you from or who's going to hit you. We played some pretty good ball today. We were patient, our line blocked great, the receivers blocked great and we broke some tackles and made some plays. That's what it's all about. Right now, we're trying to get this thing established. It's November, there isn't any turning back now, let's go get it."
WR Reggie Wayne
On what was different offensively in the second half:
"Nothing, just touchdowns instead of field goals. We left some plays on there on the field in the first half, and we were able to come in at halftime and make some adjustments and come out and start turning those points from field goals into touchdowns."
On the team playing better after a slow start:
"We would love to get off to a quick start, but that wasn't the way the ball bounced for us. We have an opportunity now to control our own destiny (for a wild-card position in the playoffs)."
On the team winning three straight close games:
"It's like that every year. We always have close games, and it kind of molds us. It gets us going and lets us know what close games are like. Today was kind of a playoff feel, going back and forth. The team that goes the hardest is going to be the team that wins, and that's what happened today."
On WR-Marvin Harrison's play:
"It was good. I'm glad he was able to make some plays and get going. Hopefully, we can just build on that."
OT Ryan Diem
On RB-Joseph Addai rushing for over 100 yards:
"It feels good. We haven't been able to get it going lately. Defenses give us different opportunities, and we take what they give us. Today, they let us run and it was fun. It's kind of a milestone but it's something we need to build on. We can't just have a one-and-done."
On the team's three-game win streak:
"It's a start of a good thing. I guess you can call it a streak but we want to continue to build on that."
On the team's running game:
"I was really happy with how we ran the ball today. It's something we need to do. We need to be consistent at doing it. It's one game that we've done it so obviously I look to next week. We've got to keep this thing going and keep battling. I think guys mentally took it upon themselves to understand that sometimes it's going to be ugly in the running game. It's not always going to be pretty. You just keep fighting, dragging and knocking guys down. Our backs saw the holes, made great cuts and made us look good. We were knocking some guys off the ball and all those things combined make your run game be what you want it to be. I'm hoping it's the start of something we keep going with."
On the team's winning streak:
"I'm obviously happy with the way we've played over the last three weeks. I think you have to put a couple more under your belt before you start talking about streaks and getting hot in the NFL. We need to keep playing. We're obviously chasing the hottest team in football (Tennessee). Three in a row doesn't stand anywhere close to nine in a row and that's what we're trying to catch up to."
DT Darrell Reid
On the game:
"They always play us tough. We know that, and all the teams in our division play us tough. We just stuck with it and played a little better down the stretch, offensively, defensively and special teams, and we came up with a W."
On halftime adjustments:
"We gave up a little too much and we're going to have to go back and look at the film and see exactly what happened and make those corrections."
On the game:
"To be able to win three in a row after we started the season like we did, the offense really got it going in the second half for us and we finished the game. We had a great play at the end of the game to finish it off. They're a tough team. They're ranked fifth offensively, they have a lot of weapons and those guys really came and did a great job of playing today. We made the plays in the end to win the game with the third down stops, and then (DB-Melvin) Bullitt had the great play at the end of the game to finish it off for us."
On the team's performance:"Coach (Tony) Dungy told us it would be a 60-minute fight, which it was. The Houston offense, you got to give a lot of credit to them, they moved the ball on us, but we stuck in there and end the end Bullitt, like he's been doing all year, came up with the big play, and that's what it comes down to is who's going to fight the longest and I think we did that today."
DB Melvin Bullitt
On facing the Texans:
"They're very explosive. Watching film on them, we know the kind of abilities they have. As you saw, they had some big plays and we missed a tackle here and there. As a team, we just kept fighting and we pulled it out."
On his game-sealing interception:
"It's just a blessing. I was just in the right place at the right time to make a play. I'm just excited about it. We were in a zone coverage. I did my job, read the quarterback and made a break on the ball. Luckily, I played receiver in high school."
Houston head coach Gary Kubiak
"Now it's over. It was disappointing, and we dealt with it."
On the interception at the end of the game:
"Well, the thing you're trying to do right there is get yourself in a position to throw a Hail Mary towards the end zone. That's all we were trying to do. I don't know exactly what yard-line we were on, but the object was we were very close to having the opportunity to do that. I told (QB) Sage (Rosenfels), ‘Hey, right there you don't have to do anything heroic just get us to the 40-yard line and then let's throw one up for grabs and see if we get lucky and walk out of here with a big win. We would have liked to have had a chance to do that but give them credit, they made a play."
On what he said to the team after the game:
"Well we had a good effort. We came up a couple of plays short. It is very disappointing and we are going to keep battling, and that effort today will let us win some games in this league. We didn't come in here and win but we have to keep our heads up and go to Cleveland and play well."
On the run defense in second half:
"Well, the bottom line is we didn't stop them. You want to make this team run the ball, obviously. I felt like we did a pretty good job of that throughout the first half. Second half, it shows you what kind of patience they have. They said if they want us to run it, we'll run it. We obviously didn't do a good enough job. We started getting down into some eight-man fronts and then when we did that they started picking us apart. So, a credit to (Colts QB) Peyton (Manning) and their football team and their patience. We had a hard time stopping them the second half."
On the interception late in the game:
"I really just made a bad throw. I threw it behind him ... you know, we had a chance. When you play Indianapolis, you have to score TDs and not field goals. We wanted to play a smash mouth game and not turn it over, which is what we did for 59 minutes ... once they get that little lead on you, (DE-Dwight) Freeney starts pass rushing a little harder and it makes things hard."
On Texans' running game:"
That was the whole reason we were in the game – our running game. We ran the ball fairly well that last time (against the Colts) and that's what we wanted this time. You just don't want to throw 40 times against them with the way they pass rush. They really sell out. That's what they get paid a lot to do and they are great at it."
On the team's progress:
"We know we can play with any team in the NFL. (The Colts) have been one of the premier teams in the league over that past seven years and we played right with them twice this year. We feel like we're better than our record, but our record is who we are right now. We know if we play like that, we'll win a lot of games the rest of the year."
On burning an early second-half timeout because of lack of communication:
"These fans here are pretty smart. When Peyton is out there you can literally hear a pin drop. But when it comes to (opponents') third downs it's hard to communicate. I got the play in but I didn't get the entire play. I didn't want to call the wrong play, which is what I've done once or twice in the past. You never like to call a timeout, but you don't want to call the wrong play either."
On spending time in the Colts' backfield:
"I just need to be a step quicker. I have to make it happen a little faster. Peyton gets the ball off really fast, so we just have to get a way to get there."
On holding the Colts to a lot of field goals:
"We just have to get that one play and we didn't get it. We have to get turnovers, which we didn't get. We just have to make it happen some way, somehow."
On what the Colts did differently in the second half:
"Nothing really. For some reason we just started missing tackles and then we tried to get that corrected. It was just missed tackles. We just started missing tackles and we just got to shooting ourselves in the foot."
On being frustrated on the last Colts first down:
"It was very frustrating, but at the same time we still got a chance. Luckily they didn't score."
On being on the field for a lengthy amount of time:
"We got some guys like (DE) Earl (Cochran) who played 70 plays. (DE) Mario (Williams) played 81 plays, and it gets you tired. We are professionals and have to work through it."
On having a chance to beat the Colts:
"We approach any game like we have a shot at it. We feel we are good as any other team. We just have to continue to work."
On the running game:
"I said earlier in the week there wasn't going to be a lot of surprises. We were going to come out and do our thing and they were going to do their thing and see what happens. I think we did a good job of getting a continuous push up front and (RB) Ahman (Green) and Slat (RB-Steve Slaton) did a great job of breaking tackles and giving us extra yards."
On their last drive:
"Well, we have no timeouts so we need to just go. We have to get completions. We have to get down the field and just rally as fast as we can and get ourselves in a position to at least throw into the end zone and win."