POSTGAME CHAT: Lions, Packers react following a 40-10 Thanksgiving victory for Detroit

Posted Nov 28, 2013

From Twitter to the locker room, read what the Lions and Packers had to say following a big win for the Honolulu Blue and silver at Ford Field

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"You can't play scared. A lot of people made fun of me a couple of weeks ago for saying that we don't play scared and we don't coach scared. I think that's another sign of that. We weren't scared to give him the ball." -- Head coach Jim Schwartz on RB Reggie Bush's comeback after his opening-drive fumble.

"We made fun of it a little bit last night in the team meeting and it was just light-hearted. A lot worse has been said about us, you know. If that motivated our guys, then I'm glad it happened. I think I said yesterday when I did some radio, this game was going to be won by actions on the field. It wasn't going to be won by talk and our team was the team that played well and actions speak louder than words." -- Schwartz on whether the defensive line took G Josh Sitton's comments personally.

"We lost two games going in to this one that could have separated us. It didn't happen. The past is the past. We had a five-game season coming into this game. To do what we had to do, to try to hold our spot in our division and move forward and play well. We hadn't played our best game. We still probably haven't." -- QB Matthew Stafford on maintaining focus in the game.

"It was big. It was huge for us. We answered the call. Obviously, our backs were against the wall with the division and the race for first place and everything was right there in front of us. We answered the call." -- RB Reggie Bush on how important this dominant win was.

"You never want to put your team in bad situations. For me, I'm my biggest critic ... it was tough at first, but ... I leaned on my teammates. They kept believing in me. They gave me the ball the next drive, first play, so I think that spoke volumes about their belief and trust in me." -- Bush on whether his teammates encouraged him after the fumble.

"A lot of people have their opinions. People have opinions about me. We just go out there and play. It really doesn't mean anything to our defensive line, let alone the rest of our team and coaches. We just go out there and execute. We got the most important thing done, (which) is winning." -- DT Ndamukong Suh on Sitton's comments earlier in the week about the Lions' defensive line.


"Not really. I was just trying to go out there and play. It was good to be out there and play against my (former) team, the team that I got cut from." -- WR Jeremy Ross on whether he was playing with more of a purpose up against his former team.

"I haven't really thought about it yet. It's a critical stretch for us, hopefully it won't be in vain, and we can finish this thing out the right way and get to the playoffs." -- LB DeAndre Levy on leading the league in interceptions with six.

"Not only did we win convincingly, but there was no stress in the fourth quarter. It was a good way to do Thanksgiving and now we get to enjoy the day. It meant so much for this organization to get this today. Not just for what we did today, but to propel us for the rest of the season." -- C Dominic Raiola on how good the win feels.

"Those guys are hell of running backs. I wouldn't trade those two guys for anyone in the league. They're explosive. Look what they did today." -- Raiola on Reggie Bush and Joique Bell combining for 200 rushing yards.

"It was just that time. It represented that we play together. Come out together, play together." -- DT C.J. Mosley on the defensive line's decision to come out as a group for pregame introductions.

"No, they pretty much didn't have anything to say. I wouldn't either. You have to put points on the board to say anything." -- Mosley on if there was any trash talking at the line.


"First off, congratulations to the Detroit Lions. It was an excellent win for them. Obviously, a very disappointing and embarrassing loss for us." -- Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on the game.

"I didn't feel like Matt had a lot of great opportunities, frankly ... It wasn't just one person's problem today. They dared us to throw the football at them and we tried and they won." -- McCarthy on the decision to stick with QB Matt Flynn through the offense struggling.

"Hats off to them. They played their tails off. They were flying around. They got tough on us and it's just tough when you can't get into a rhythm." -- Flynn on the game.

"I said what I said. I'm not taking it back. I've moved off of them. I don't want to sit here and talk about it all day." -- G Josh Sitton on if he stands by his comments about the Lions' defensive line.

"It wasn't a communication thing. I think we were all on the same page. They just beat us, for sure." -- LB A.J. Hawk on if the Packers' defense wasn't on the same page.

"Poor execution, we didn't make plays at all. Couldn't run the ball, couldn't throw the ball, couldn't do anything, so give credit to Detroit." -- WR Jordy Nelson on what made the difference in the game.