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Mathias Kiwanuka, 11.25.12

Q: Does this send a message to the rest of the league that you guys are back?
A: I think for us, it's a start. The message has to be continued on. You can't just be a fluke. For us, it's we came back after the bye, we put it together. We had a good week of practice and everybody was clicking. We have to make sure that we build on that and I think that will be a better message than just one game.

Q: Did you play like champions, like Adam Merchant asked you to?
A: We were definitely inspired. That was a tremendous motivation, to have a young man, who is battling through stuff that we have no concept, no idea. And for him, whose main desire is to come out and be with us and to have the fire and the passion, it's hard not to match that kind of (emotion).

Q: Was there something in their protections that you thought you could take advantage of?

A: The thing that we said all week was this game is on us. It's about us and our execution, playing to the best of our abilities, so we went out there, obviously, you want to get to the quarterback, you want to do what the defense asks you to do first, but then each individual can say ‘I have a matchup here, I have a matchup there,' and we just went after it.

Q: There was a lot of talk from them, ... they were off their game last year in the playoffs and things like that, after this I don't know if they can say that.
A: Whatever they say, it is what it is. It's in the past. We came out to win. We're not worried about that. The fact remains that when you get in the playoffs, it's live or die. It's one game, you have your chance. If you do it, you do it; if you don't, that's it. We don't want to hear from you.