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"Unbelievable effort by our defense today. They kept us in the game and I thought it was key and critical for the offense to be able to get into a rhythm when they had to. Would've loved to have been able to punch that last in instead of having to kick the field goal where you're forcing them to have to go get a touchdown at the end there. But man, I'm just so proud of this group. I think the grit was on display, the mental toughness, the ability to get stops, the ability to be able to feed off of one another. Man, there's a lot of things that we can learn from offensively. I think there's a lot of good things that we can build on defensively, but the way that they finish, that to me was key and critical and that was one of the things that I didn't think we did as good a job of in the first half of the season. Obviously, that's what's the most important thing and you give credit to Seattle, they're always such a tough team. I thought they did a great job defensively, really keeping us at bay. And like I said, there's going to be a lot of things that we can learn from, but it sure feels good to be able to do that after a win. Really happy for our group and happy for those players and the coaches did a great job."
(On WR Cooper Kupp's Injury)
"Don't have an update. It's an ankle injury as far as the severity of it... He was going to try to come back and play. He was moving around at the beginning of the second half and we were hoping that he'd be able to go, but it just didn't quite feel good enough. And I thought WR Austin Trammell did a great job being able to step up in his absence and make some key and critical plays."
(On how the team rallied to win after the hit on QB Matt Stafford)
"It's really meaningful and I thought his toughness was on display. They did a great job being able to make a play to try to get a trick play going right there and you credit (Seahawks RCB Riq) Woolen and (Seahawks ILB) Bobby (Wagner) ended up forcing that throw to come out a little bit sooner. But Matthew's toughness, his resilience, being able to put together two scoring drives was big time. And he's our leader. It was great to be able to have him back. There'll be a lot of things that both he and I can learn from and we can as an offense. But to be able to be that way in those crunch time moments, especially with all the adversity that we faced and some of the things that were self-inflicted is a great thing. It's always a lot easier to be able to learn from those moments."
(On DB Derion Kendrick's interception)
"It was huge. And I thought he stood up really tall all day. I thought the early penalty. Hey, how do we respond? What does that really look like? And he did that in a big way. I thought, like I mentioned just our defense, but especially it seemed like the guys in the secondary were tight. They were sticky. It seemed like we were pushing the pocket all day. It made it difficult for them to convert on the third downs. But Derion Kendrick, it was outstanding. It's a cool thing to be able to see guys respond the right way and then be able to see the work, the responses pay off and a performance like he had today."
(On the final goal line sequence and the second down and seven play call)
"Really just trying to score a touchdown. So figuring what's the best play. We had been having success running the football from the seven-yard line. You could have a chance to be able to do that, but we were really trying to be able to score a touchdown. And then we had some substitutions where some guys weren't available, felt like the screen on the third down had a chance to be able to get punched in. Looked like we had some space right there. And you get the benefit of the clock rolling because you feel like it's a high percentage play. But if we make that play, which I'll call that over and over again, feel good about that call, got a really good player on an iso in breaking route. And if he catches that he might fall in or the ball is on the one yard line and now you have a lot of different options. But the most important thing was we wanted to not leave ourselves susceptible to just going up one where a field goal wins it for them. So in those moments, we felt like the touchdown was more important than the time because of how much clock would still be left over no matter how that ended up playing out."
(On Stafford coming alive in the second half after taking a big hit)
"I would agree with that. You'll have to ask him about that. Maybe we should punch him in the gut right before game time."
(On if he sensed a change in Stafford in the second half)
"I think what happened was I think the urgency went up. And I think this is one of the things that makes him great is these types of moments. You can add it to his legacy and his storied career of these come from behind wins. When it looks like the chips are stacked against you and he just finds a way to be able to get the drives. I thought really on the scoring drive, the big conversion on the play action to start that drive where you get a big 20 plus yard play to (WR) Demarcus Robinson. I thought that was big. He makes an unbelievable throw to (WR) Puka Nacua. He made a lot of his great plays in that scoring in those two drives that we ended up having to have to be able to go up one and it was awesome to be able to see."
(On the difference of the third down defense late in the game)
"I was really pleased and they were the key to the game. You can't say...it's always a team game, but I thought for them not to be affected by some of the things that we were struggling with and our offense was struggling with as a whole, they just kept playing. They kept competing. They kept it to a tight game. And then you could feel when we were able to cut it to a one possession game or we're able to get some stops and keep them to field goals instead of punching it in, our red area defense was key and critical to not allow it to be able to get out of hand. I mean, to only be down the way that we were at the half after the way that the first half went, we seemed really fortunate and I think our guys knew, all right, hey, how do we really find our way to get it together at the right moments? And if we're able to do that, good things can occur. And you know, there's some hidden yardage in there where (WR) Tutu Atwell ends up getting a couple penalties on a scoring drive that we didn't have where we had the fourth down and two, you credit them. They got us. I didn't put us in a good situation on that fourth down. But there are a lot of things that... I'm excited to be able to look at this tape. We certainly have to be better from an overall offensive perspective. I'm interested to look at some of those penalties that we had on (special) teams, but I thought (WR) (Austin) Tramell had a good day returning. And then defensively, checking a lot of boxes in a good way. Let's build on that performance."
(On what was going wrong in the first half)
"I think the key thing really when you look at it, you have four drives I believe it was. You end up going three and out on two of them. So it's hard to really have any sort of rhythm. And then Tutu ends up getting a big penalty on the first play of the second possession. We go right down the field and then it wasn't a really good call on fourth down. There were a couple previous plays that I thought we could have executed a little bit better so you come away with no points right there and so that's tough. I thought the drive at the end of the first half to be able to get that, to see the conversion that Matthew (Stafford) and Puka (Nacua) had, a lot of plays that were made leading on that drive prior to. Austin Trammell makes a couple plays. Tutu (Atwell) makes a play on a crossing route. Thought we got some good positive runs off. And so that's kind of the narrative of the first half. And then there were a lot of examples of us just missing some things and not being able to really get into a rhythm where we get a third down conversion and it moves us back and now it's a third down and long. We've got to find a way to eliminate some of those self-inflicted wounds. You give them credit for their rush, being able to create that. But I was really proud of our group and I'm looking forward to being able to build on this and move forward the right way."
(On what a win like this can mean for the team moving forward)
"I think it's so big. I mean really to be able to just see, especially the way the game unfolded, and there were a lot of things that didn't go our way, but they just kept staying the course and they kept just learning from it. I've said it over and over again and I'll say it till I'm blue in the face, the defense was so key and critical. They allowed the offense to then be able to hit their stride at the right moment. And then how can we really bottle that up? But we talked about being able to finish games. There were a lot of examples of a starting fast, but then we weren't really finishing strong. Now let's see if we can maybe do both. But I think it's really big. I think learning how to win and learning how to identify those moments where the game pivots and you get a chance to be able to come away with these types of results, you gotta learn how to do that. Well, what's the way that you learn? You feel what these feelings feel like. You capitalize on those moments when they're presented and that's what I was the most proud of is that I thought our team did that as a whole to be able to get ourselves in a position to be up one. I would love for us to be able to punch that in and force them to have to go score a touchdown at the end. What a great job by the defense, just forcing(Jason) Meyers kind of that fringe range right there where you're saying once he gets right to the 40, he's pretty high percentage. Fortunately, it worked out in our favor and here we are feeling a lot better than I would've if that went in. Isn't that crazy though when you think about that, all comes down to that one play. This game is nuts, man. I just love it."
(On DB Quentin Lake's performance)
"He was awesome. The versatility and all the different things that we're asking of Quentin Lake... I think when you look at a guy that has just continued to get better, take advantage of his opportunities, and then earn the opportunity to really be on the grass every single snap. This guy's a stud. He prepares the right way. He's got such a great football IQ but then the overall athleticism to be able to play in a bunch of different spots, make his presence felt, great pre-snap communication, great playmaking ability. Quentin Lake, I love him. I'm so proud and happy for what he's done and I'm really excited about watching him continue to get better as he just accumulates more experience. But this guy, he's about all the right kind of stuff. Really happy for Quentin (Lake)."
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(On his pain level in the second half after taking hit)
"It wasn't great, but I just needed a second really more than anything. Unfortunately, the play didn't want it to end the way it ended, looked better when we repped it in practice. Obviously, it wasn't a successful play, but just proud of the guys for bouncing back drive after drive. We had some, obviously some poor drives in the first and in the second half that didn't give our defense a ton of chance to rest or flip the field or anything. They played outstanding, especially there in the second half and we were able to find something late and just great to get a win. I mean, great to come off that and get a win."
(On if the offense got a second wind after he was went down)
"I don't know. I mean, it pissed me off. So I don't know if I need to take that level of a shot every week to get going. But no I definitely, God, there's so many plays I want back that I know I can make. I'm obviously doing everything I can to try and make those plays. Hopefully my thumb will continue to get better and better and better be able to take that stuff off of it and be able to go play. But just proud of our team, man. This is such a team win. 'DK' (Rams DB Derion Kendrick) with a huge pick, field goal to win it. It was a total team effort."
(On how the thumb feels)
"I'm not 100%, but I'm good enough to go out there and make some plays. I definitely want some back, but there's some that I missed today that have nothing to do with that. So, I just got to go out there and continue to rehab it, get it better, and continue to try to put the ball in good spots for guys to go make plays."
(On the goal line sequence at the end of the game and Coach McVay wanting to score a touchdown)
"I loved the second down call opportunity to get one-on-one with Puka and the guy made a nice play. Would love to have thrown and caught that one for a touchdown and we'd all be hooting and hollering on that one but it didn't happen. It was great to get a completion on third down to make sure that the clock was running and they had to use their stuff, use their timeout. So then it was just up to defense to make a play and they did, made it an ultra-long field goal and obviously it wasn't good."
(On WR Cooper Kupp's injury and how the offense had to adjust)
"I ran into him a little bit. He's trying to figure that out as best he can I'm sure, what's going on there, but, yeah, I mean, it's tough. But that's why we practice. That's why we're a team and I thought 'Tram' (Rams WR Austin Trammell) did a great job stepping in. All the guys on the outside did a nice job today. We left some plays out there, balls that I could have put in better spots for those guys. But we just kept battling and I thought Sean did a great job not missing a beat, move guys around when we need to move guys around, gave guys opportunities to make plays and can we execute better? Absolutely. Is there more out there? Absolutely, but it's great to get a win."
(On why he was able to connect with Trammell today)
"He's been on our team for a while and practicing with him and throwing to him, he's an easy target to throw to. Guy gets open. You get open, and you catch it, I'll keep throwing it to you. So he did a nice job. I was happy for him. Obviously did a great job in the game, not only in the pass game catching the football, but run game assignments. There's a lot that we put on Cooper's plate in the run game stuff. And he did a great job of just kind of seamlessly stepping in and playing his version of that and going and playing."
(On his concerted effort to target Nacua more when Kupp was injured and how he's become a reliable target)
"Similar thoughts, gets open, makes plays when he gets the opportunity, close on a couple there and could've had a really huge day. But obviously late in the fourth, did a great job catching that ball right by Bobby and ran a great route, got open and was able to go and make a play. But he's a young, talented kid, works his tail off, great teammate, and just happy to have him on our team."
(On if sustaining a considerable hit and returning to the game has a discernable effect on his mentality)
"I don't know. I know that late in the game, fourth quarter, we're within a score, I want the ball. It just so happened that I got my chest run through the drive before or whatever it was. I don't know that that's the thing that gets me going, but sometimes it's late in the game, you can be playing as poor game as you want to play, you play one great quarter. You got a chance to win that thing. I obviously wasn't at my best at certain points in this game and wanted to make sure that I did everything I could in my power to help lead this team and see where it ended up. And today we got the win. That was huge. I loved it for our guys more than anything, just the guys in that locker room put all the work into it. Just fun to be a part of that and help do my part."
(If he can confirm McVay's pregame comments on there being no limitations included in the game plan)
(On what he saw on the incomplete pass intended for RB Darrell Henderson and what made them go with that play)
"Oh, you're talking about the one down the sideline, not in the flat. Oh, that one hurt. That was terrible, just bad play by me. To be honest with you, #21 on their team (CB Devon Witherspoon) did a nice job, kind of ran with it for a second and flashed back and I was like, "Oh my goodness, they're going to let him go Scot Free down the sideline." Just an absolute miss of a throw. Darrell ran the great route, wide open for probably a big game, 30-40 yards, something like that. I missed him. So flat out miss by me. Got to be better in those spots for sure."
(On if TE Tyler Higbee's reception near the goal line was designed to be for him and if he was looking for him)
"The one I was running for my life on? Yeah, fear is a hell of a motivator. I feel fast when I'm out there sometimes, but I'm just running out there trying to stretch it. He's doing a great job of just trying to two-on-one he flat defender right there. Guys were in good spots and I was able to throw it to him. He made a nice play. I thought for a second that I might've been across the line. I kind of lost where I was there for a second but it was a good play for us, big play for us, and there were a bunch of those in the game that he's always a big part of."
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