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FROM THE PODIUM
"The same thing you say to the whole team. It’s a tough loss, it’s a bitter loss, but we have to learn from it and we have to be able to do better the next time we’re in that situation. You had two very good teams here, one of the best teams in the AFC coming in. It was a toe-to-toe battle. They made plays, we made plays, but in the end they made one more than we made." -- Head coach Jim Schwartz on what he said to rookie P
"We don’t want to measure ourselves by anything other than what we can do and what we can be. I do think we showed some toughness today, but there’s no consolation in a loss." -- Schwartz on if he learned anything about his team going up against a good opponent.
"It was a great catch. It was a play we had gotten backed up, I don’t know what that was. It was tough call. Rolled out right. They did a great job of playing deep-to-short today with Calvin on the field. I held it as long as I could, threw it. I didn’t get to see a whole lot of it. I saw the very end of it and it was one of the best catches I have ever seen." -- QB
"You always want to win, especially at home. It’s tough not to. Guys have to learn from this one and bounce back to be ready to go next week." -- Stafford on the disappointment of losing at home.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
"I didn’t know if it was a helmet or a shoulder pad that hit me. Obviously, the referees felt it was a shoulder pad that hit me. It was a pretty good hit. But I bounced back in. It wasn’t anything." -- WR Calvin Johnson on the hit that jarred his helmet loose.
"Definitely. If we can do that, we’ll go into the bye happy. It’s going to be tough. We’ve got a good Dallas team coming in here, but we’ve got to have a good week of practice. Everything last week, we might have let one of those days slip away." -- Johnson on beating Dallas to go 5-3 through the first half of the season.
"You just have to give credit to them. They came in and they finished. Unfortunately, we didn’t." -- WR
"This one hurt … This should hurt. There are no moral victories here anymore, we are beyond that. We are too good of a team to say, ‘Aw man we were close.’ We were a field goal or couple calls away. It doesn’t matter. We are too good of a team to do that." -- C
"It’s just one of those things where you are hoping it doesn’t go in. You don’t want the game to end on them making a 50-yard field goal. We would love to make that kick. It was a heavyweight battle, a heavyweight fight and we took some punches, they took some punches. They just got the last punch in." -- S
"We had our opportunities to make plays and we were in the game the whole time. We made plays when we needed to make plays and we just had to make sure that we had an opportunity to win the game and we just didn’t capitalize on it. When we were in some situations we didn’t make the best out of it and that’s something we have to correct and get back to work on Tuesday." -- DT
"You have to try to remain confident. That’s why he took me out, let me get my head. Once you’re getting double-moved week in and week out, it kind of slows your aggressiveness down. And then they just let me go out and get my head right and then let me come back in and be more aggressive." -- CB
"You can say that about any game. It could have been that play or it could have been another play, but that kick came down to that play at the end of the game. That’s what you see and that’s the immediate thought. I don’t think anyone is out of the wrong for thinking that, I should have hit a better punt." -- P Sam Martin on moving on from his poor punt.