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Antrel Rolle, 12.20.10

Q: Are you confused about how you can play so well for 52 minutes but so poorly for eight?
A: No, I'm not confused. We saw it on film. Some things just happen. We're a better defense than that, and I put the blame entirely on defense. I don't put it on Dodge and I don't put it on anyone else. I damn sure don't put it on the coaches. They don't go out there and play the game for us, they don't. At the same time, we're a defense who takes pride on if we're up and our offense gives us 31 points - you can't ask for anything better than that. If we're up, and if they score, they're going to win. That's the way we look at it.

Q: How do you balance on what happened yesterday with what you want to happen the rest of the season?
A: The way we balance that is we're still right where we need to be. All we need to do is get in the playoffs, that's it. Everything else after that will take care of itself. I'm the prime example of that. Coming from Arizona, we went to the playoffs at 9-7. No one gave us a chance and no one gave us an opportunity. We lost the Super Bowl by a split second. All we need to do is get in, and we will get in and we will look forward to when that time comes.

Q: In 2007 this team got to a Super Bowl the same way with the wild card:
A: It is possible, and there is nothing that's impossible while playing this game. We understand that and we understand that if we put ourselves into this hole, we understand that we're going to have to fight extremely hard to get ourselves out of it. We're a fighting team and all we need is us. When I say us, I mean coaches, players, the organization, our fans, and that's it. We're going to take it from the top from there.

Q: A lot of the heat has been unfairly placed on Matt Dodge. Have you talked to him at all?
A: Nah, I haven't had a chance to speak with Matt yet. I've said and I'll say time and time again, it should have never come down to Matt having to kick the ball out of bounds. He's a young guy, he's a rookie with a ton of pressure on him. Matt knows we hold him accountable, and he's done a good job for us. Also, there are times when he's done a bad job, as well as everyone else who has been on this team. That blame is not going to go on him, and I'll do my best to make sure that it doesn't go on him. I've said it before that the blame goes on the defense. Our offense put up 31 points and we didn't hold them as a defense. That's the bottom line. Coach Coughlin can sit here and say that he put the blame on himself but I don't buy that shit. I don't buy it. We're all men out there on the field and we'll take responsibility for ourselves because Coach Coughlin does not play the game for us.

Q: You still have faith in Matt that he'd come through in a big spot if needed?
A: Absolutely. In order for you to get to the top, you have to hit the bottom first. We hit the bottom last night and I know he felt like Ray Finkle last night, but it's not on that. We're going to keep his head high because we know we're going to need him going on the back stretch and make sure that he understands that. I'm sure he understands that, and I'm sure in a situation like that next time he'll do a better job.

Q: Is this team going to make the playoffs?
A: I don't think. I know it. I don't think it, I know it.

Q: Why?
A: Because that's what going to happen.

Q: So is that going to happen this weekend?
A: I know it's going to happen this weekend.

Q: You have no doubt this team will bounce back from this?
A: I have no doubt. If I said it's going to happen, it's going to happen.

Q: When do you stop thinking about yesterday and focusing on the remaining games?
A: Today. We went and saw the film, we understand what things went wrong, and it's either fight or flight. We ain't running, we are here and we're here to stay for the long haul and we're going to give it everything we got. If everything we got is not good enough, so be it. I definitely believe it is.

Q: What was Eli's message to the team?
A: Eli was Eli. He's a team leader, veteran, upstanding guy. Everything he said struck home and everyone could relate to exactly what he was saying. We're in this hole and it's not quite a hole because we still control ourselves. All we have to do is go out and win. We win and we're in. He just told us to put it behind us, we know what went wrong, and let's just keep fighting. Sometimes it's best to have your back against the wall and right now we have our back against the wall so we're just going to come out swinging.