Colin Kaepernick on his benching, Eric Berry's emotional return to Atlanta, and LeGarrette Blount's shot at Jeff Fisher. All that and more as we recap some of the best quotes from Sunday's Week 13 NFL action.
How big of a nightmare is this season, Blake Bortles?
He said:“It’s the biggest nightmare possible. But what are you going to do about it? You can’t sit there in a corner and pout. You can’t blame people. You can’t feel sorry for yourself -- because I think all that’s going to do is affect the way I play.”
We say: Bortles has thrown 15 interceptions this season and lost four fumbles. It's safe to say his trurnovers have been a big reason why the Jags are 2-10 after Sunday's loss to the Broncos.
LeGarrette Blount takes a shot at Jeff Fisher
He said:"He already knew my name. I think he knows James and Dion now for sure, though."
Odell Beckham believes the refs are biased against him
He said:"I don't really understand that. That's not really how I was raised."
We say: Beckham says a referee told him to "get out of my face" after he asked for an explanation of a call in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, and he added that this specific crew shouldn't be allowed to work Giants games.
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Philip Rivers sums up the Chargers' season
He said: "We've had a handful like this, not necessarily exactly losing them this way, but we have had our chances to win and we haven't gotten it done."
We say: That's a bit of an understatement. The Chargers have found ways to lose all season long, and Sunday's home defeat against the surging Buccaneers was simply par for the course.
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Brock Osweiler is tired
He said:"We're tired of being close, we really are as a team. We're all able to see it on the film every single week that we're so close to turning that corner. And if you're tired of seeing it, we're tired of living it."
We say: Houston suffered a 21-13 loss in snowy Green Bay, which put the Texans at 6-6 on the season -- which, by the way, is still good enough for first place in the dreadful AFC South.
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Bruce Arians explains his call to go for it on fourth-and-1
He said: "If our left side and tight ends can't get a yard with the way we're running the ball, we didn't deserve to win the game anyway."
We say: That might be true. But Arizona was leading by a point with about four minutes left, and Arians decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 34-yard line. If the Cardinals don't get the first down, they almost certainly lose. Fortunately for them, David Johnson converted with a 14-yard run up the middle to keep the drive alive.
Eric Berry on his emotional return to Atlanta
He said:"The last time I came home during the season it was to get chemotherapy. I take pride in a lot of things that people take for granted, so when opportunities come my way I just cherish them and try to make the most of them.
"I shed a few tears before the game, I shed a few tears during the game and I shed a few after. It was just a lot of emotions. I tried to contain them and let it show through my play."
We say: Berry won the game for the Chiefs with a 99-yard interception return on a two-point conversion and was understandably emotional given the circumstances.
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Golden Tate on the Lions' recent surge
He said:"Mentally, we stayed locked in and ready, and I think we kept our foot on the pedal. We're rolling right now."
We say: Detroit has now won four in a row and seven of its last eight after Sunday's 28-13 win in New Orleans.
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Doug Pederson realizes the Wentz wagon is no longer rolling
He said:"It's strictly mechanics. He's got to learn to slide and find passing lanes."
We say: Carson Wentz was 36-of-60 in Philadelphia's 32-14 loss to the Bengals, but before the game got out of hand, he was even worse than that.
Early in the fourth quarter, Wentz was 15-of-31 for 164 yards with a passer rating of 48.3 -- hopefully for Eagles fans, as Pederson mentioned, Wentz's issues are ones that are fixable.
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Colin Kaepernick was surprised he was benched
He said: "I am surprised. It wasn’t something that was expected. I’m always prepared and ready to do anything I can to help this team win."
We say: That can't possibly be true. Kaepernick was sacked five times and threw for just four total passing yards before he was replaced by Blaine Gabbert early in the fourth quarter of San Francisco's 26-6 loss to the Bears.