Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?
31 Dec 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down."
-- Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, after the NFL postponed Sunday night's Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings game to Tuesday because of snow. The Eagles went on to lose 24-14 (Swampland)
"I've played with a lot of quarterbacks in my career. If you put all of them together and form a Voltron, they might be as good as he is."
-- Patriots running back Fred Taylor after shrugging when asked if anything new could be said about teammate Tom Brady. Comparing Brady to a super robot from a Japanese science-fiction cartoon would qualify as something new (AFC East Blog)
"If you can't stop somebody in a half of football, you don't deserve to win."
-- Texans coach Gary Kubiak after his team gave up a 17-0 first-half lead, eventually losing 24-23 to the Broncos (Houston Chronicle)
"It was a defensive struggle. Both defenses struggled."
-- Bears linebacker Lance Briggs on the Bears 38-34 victory over the Jets in a game that was billed as a matchup between two great defenses (Daily Herald)
"I guess that's another one of the new traditions in the league. I've seen a lot of football games, there has been football for a long time, and there have been captains with no patches, and it seemed like everything was fine. I guess that's another one of our improvements, with the new overtime rules and all that."
-- Patriots coach Bill Belichick when asked why the Patriots' team captains don't wear patches on their jerseys. New England is among a handful of teams whose captains do not wear patches (ESPN Boston)
"He has been a fairly consistent kicker at times, and at other times he has missed some kicks that he is capable of making."
-- Interim Dallas coach Jason Garrett assessing kicker David Buehler's performance after Buehler missed an extra point with 1:46 to play. Arizona went on to win by one point on a field goal with five seconds remaining (AP)
"It was disappointing, I was surprised. To be honest, I didn't think too much of it, because I kind of figured I should be a lock. I didn't think there was a way I wouldn't get in. I didn't think too much of it."
"I feel it was bogus that I didn't make it. Just like the Rookie of the Year, I can't do nothing to change it."
-- Titans running back Chris Johnson expressing his disapproval at only being named a first alternate to the Pro Bowl after making it the previous two years (Titan Insider)
"I won't be sitting back and enjoying it with a Dr Pepper, that's for sure."
-- Cowboys quarterback Stephen McGee on doing some scouting of the Eagles-Vikings game in advance of his first career NFL start against the Eagles (San-Antonio Express News)
"But I'm just wondering why, out of all his pitches, the one he pitched to me had to be the bad pitch. I wanted it so bad, but he pitched the bad one to me."
-- Ravens defensive back Lardarius Webb joking about teammate Ed Reed's ill-advised lateral during an interception return late in the fourth quarter on Sunday (National Football Post)
"No, I want to say, 'F--k you.' And I mean that in the most professional way."
-- Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd's response when asked if he wanted to say "told you so" to his three previous teams after earning his first Pro Bowl selection (Denver Post)
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