Quotes From Divisional Round Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

Quotes From NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final

“Aaron Rodgers right now is in a whole elite category by himself. [With] all due respect to Tom Brady, all due respect to Peyton Manning and anybody else…Aaron [Rodgers] is in a class all by himself.” – Jamie Dukes on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers who was 24/35 for 316 yards and three touchdowns

“That is the best throw that I’ve seen this season.” – Deion Sanders on Aaron Rodgers’ fourth quarter touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers

“We watched two teams, two heavyweight teams go at it and they battled.” – Marshall Faulk on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“I wish [Rod Marinelli] would’ve pressured [Aaron] Rodgers a little more early on with some blitzes just because early on in that game he was not healthy, and he hadn’t practiced. You allowed him that first half to get comfortable and become the bullet thrower that he became in the second half.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive game plan

“If I was DeMarco Murray, 4th-and-2 as the league’s leading rusher, you have to explain to me why you’re not putting the ball in my hands.” – Marshall Faulk on the Dallas Cowboys’ play call on 4th-and-2 in the fourth quarter

“There is no controversy whatsoever. We have seen this call quite a few times in the league. A lot of people don’t like the rule. I don’t like the rule but it was properly called.” – Jamie Dukes on the officials’ overturn of Dez Bryant’s 4th-and-2 catch

“That was a touchdown. I just want you guys to know. [The Dallas Cowboys] caught [the Green Bay Packers] in the perfect defense. They ran the perfect play. That safety does not have a chance on DeMarco Murray in the open field.” – Marshall Faulk on DeMarco Murray’s third quarter fumble

“Dallas, they will think about this forever because they gave up great opportunities to really put this game away early.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys falling 26-21 to the Green Bay Packers

“I promise you for the rest of your life you’re thinking about this play especially if you don’t get back…For the rest of your life, that play will be on your mind.” – Michael Irvin on the mindset following the overturn on Dez Bryant’s 4th and two incompletion

“I’m 48 years old and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about that play that we had in the ’94 Championship game. I keep thinking I should’ve gone up and got the ball. There will not be a day in [Dez Bryant’s] life where he doesn’t think about maybe I should’ve gone up and just caught the ball, not reach for the end zone. Not one day in his life.” – Michael Irvin on the 4th-and-2 play

“[The Green Bay Packers] may try but it’s not wise. Richard [Sherman] is playing like the premier corner in the game.” – Deion Sanders on whether or not the Green Bay Packers will throw the ball to Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman’s side of the field

“Kam Chancellor, one of the best games for a strong safety ever I believe.” – Deion Sanders on Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor’s Divisional round performance

“I don’t think [Kam Chancellor] gets enough credit for what he does…He will make you question your courage. When he comes up to hit you it is serious business.” – Michael Irvin on Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor

“Let’s get this straight, Peyton Manning was not his old self for the last several weeks but that guy is still better than 98 percent of the NFL.” – Deion Sanders on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning following a 24-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts

“Bill Belichick will go down in history as arguably one of the best to ever do it.” – Deion Sanders on the New England Patriots head coach

NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino

On the official’s overturn of Dez Bryant’s catch on 4th and 2 after review:

“This is very similar to the Calvin Johnson play where [Dez] Bryant is going to the ground to make the catch and the rule is pretty clear that when you go to the ground to make the catch you have to hold on to it throughout that entire process. When Dez [Bryant] hits the ground with his left arm the ball hits the ground it pops loose into the air and that is all part of the catch process that makes it an incomplete pass.”

On whether or not Dez Bryant reaching for the goal line could have been considered a football act:

“Yeah, absolutely. We looked at that aspect of it and in order for it to be a football move, it’s got to be more obvious than that. Reaching the ball out with both hands, extending it for the goal line, this is all part of in our view, all part of his momentum in going to the ground and he lost the ball when he hit the ground. That in our view made it incomplete and we feel like it’s a consistent application of the rule as it has been written over the last couple of years.”

On why this is a rule and why is the rule written this way:

“I think that’s a fair point. I think people look at that and they say that is a catch but I think it is about consistency and it’s about, ok if we make that a catch then we’ve got to look at all these other plays where receivers go to the ground and where do we draw the line? Currently we have a line where control of both feet and then do something with it. If we make this a catch, then where do we draw the line with a lot of other plays where it’s clearly incomplete by rule and it can become even more inconsistent. It’s something that we’ll review with the competition committee – we review every year. I understand that people are upset it looks like a catch and I don’t think that’s that farfetched but it’s something in order to be consistent we have to draw the line somewhere and that’s where the current line is.”

On why Dez Bryant wasn’t marked down where his elbow went down:

“Because he is not a runner yet. He has not established possession. A runner who’s established possession, absolutely. The minute his elbow hits, the minute the knee hits, he’s down by contact. Here, he’s still a receiver attempting to catch the pass so it’s treated differently and the moment that elbow hits the ball hits the ground as well and it pops up so that’s the application of the rule that was done here. He’s not a runner – he’s a receiver trying to gain possession.”

On why the Josh Cribbs call was reversed:

“It’s a little bit different, the ruling on the field was a fumble. So they ruled that he had possession and it can’t be a fumble because you can see that his knee was down, his arm was down before the ball came loose. The only thing that it could have been was a muff but he never gained possession of the football. In looking at it he had control [and] both feet down, he was hit and got knocked backwards, and then the knee hit the ground so it really can’t be a fumble based on how it was explained during the broadcast. The officials ruled that he had possession of it, there wasn’t indisputable evidence that he didn’t have possession of it, and the knee was clearly down before he lost it so that’s why that was reversed to down by contact.”

On NFL.com the following video clip from NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final are available for viewing:

– Dean Blandino Explains the Controversial Dez Bryant Call – NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino explained the controversial calls Sunday:


– Let’s Go Primetime Deion Sanders provides his top 5 performances of the Divisional Round:


– Playmaker and Primetime Relive Glory Days – Analysts Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin relive a moment from the 1994 Cowboys-49ers NFC Championship game:


– Will Peyton Manning Return? – The NFL GameDay Final discuss what’s next for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning:


– How Aaron Rodgers Played Through Injury – Host Chris Rose and analyst Steve Mariucci explain how Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was able to play through his calf injury:


About  NFL GameDay Highlights

Every Sunday evening at 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network recaps the afternoon action with NFL GameDay Highlights. Host Lindsay Rhodes and analyst Jamie Dukes provide highlights, analysis of Wild Card weekend.

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Every Sunday night at 11:30 PM ET, recap the complete day in the NFL with NFL GameDay Final. Hosts Rich Eisen and Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci put the definitive exclamation point on the weekend providing unlimited highlights of the games, plus post-game press conferences, interviews from the field and locker room, audio captured throughout the day and expert analysis.

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