He said: "At no point in this week did their relationship or the history that's here come up," Saints right tackle Zach Strief said, but "plenty of us understand and know the situation. It's human nature. First and foremost, we wanted to win. But let's not lie to ourselves. There was more to it -- and good for coach."
We say: Payton got revenge on Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for the whole Bountygate thing, but (mostly) let his team do the talking in the Saints' 49-21 win.
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Kiko Alonso is a little too humble
He said: "People are going to say I had a big day. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time."
We say: Nonsense. Alonso became the first Dolphins linebacker since at least 1993 to recover a fumble and intercept a pass in the same game, and was among those who tackled Colin Kaepernick on the game's final play to seal Miami's win.
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Russell Wilson uses a basketball metaphor
He said: "It's pretty simple. Sometimes you make your jump shots, and some days you don't. Unfortunately today, we didn't hit ours. But we will next time."
We say: Seattle managed just five points in a loss to the Buccaneers, which is the equivalent of J.R. Smith going 0-for-11 from the field in 39 minutes of action.
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Matt Barkley is encouraged
He said: "Even though we lost, it's encouraging at the same time to see how these guys fought and how they really banded together to play for each other. It was cool to see. So I think just moving on from here, knowing that we can win, that we have guys on the team that can win games, just making sure that we don't shoot ourselves in the foot. I think that's the goal from here on out."
We say: The Bears hung in there against the Titans with Barkley as the starting QB, so why not try to create a positive spin after another loss for a 2-9 team?
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LeSean McCoy on his 75-yard TD
He said: "You can just hear the crowd yelling. You feel the guy (behind you) and then you look on the screen and I know I've got him beat."
We say: It must be an incredible feeling to look up at the screen in the stadium while you're running away from the defense for a 75-yard score, and McCoy described it about as perfectly as possible.
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Taylor Gabriel knows how tall he is
He said: "I'm shorter than all you guys here, so I have to play with a chip on my shoulder. I have to play bigger than I am. I have to go out there and show people what I can do on a week-to-week basis."
He said: "The quarterback's job is to win. He's won a lot. That's good. I'm glad he's our quarterback."
We say: Understatement of the century, but we'll roll with it. Tom Brady wasn't his usual invincible self on Sunday, but he did make all the right throws down the stretch to make sure the Patriots didn't lose to a Jets team that's now just 3-8 on the season.