Postgame locker room Q&A with Stallworth, Thomas

Posted on January 13, 2008 
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Here are some highlights of the locker room Q&A with wide receiver Donte Stallworth and linebacker Adalius Thomas:

Stallworth
On the 53-yarder…
Tom made a good play — he was able to move around in the pocket a little bit. The line did a good job of holding up. Once I saw him come my way, I just knew I was going to take it upfield, because the initial route was a regular hitch route, and I knew the guy was going to jump down on the hitch. Tommy made a great throw. The end result wasn’t what I hoped it was going to be, but it was the play that put us in position to get some more points.

The way the first three quarters went, on offense, did you feel you didn’t have much room to make a mistake?
You never have room to make mistakes, especially in the playoffs. I’ve been in playoff games last year with the Eagles where we thought we had it in control, only to end up losing, so you never feel like you have room to make mistakes. You always have to go out and grind it out every series.

Did you look up at the Jumbotron?
Yeah, I just wanted to get a feel for where he was, and I didn’t press my turbo button. I was too worried about where he was instead of just running. I’ve already got about 15 texts from guys back home. Guys in the locker room have been killing me, so it hurts. But we got the win, so it’s all good.

How about that dive at the end for the first down?
It was a funny play, but I knew I had to do two things. I had to … I was one-on-one with the guy, and I knew that I couldn’t let him bring me down before I got a first down. They had no more time outs before the two-minute warning, so I just wanted to try and get the first down and stay inbounds.

On Tom Brady’s performance…
Tom played great. It’s nothing new for him — he shows up to every game, he works hard. And it’s the reason why he’s the MVP of the league this year.

More on Brady’s performance — him going 16-for-16…
I didn’t realize it until I was looking at the screen and they were showing his stats … like I said, that’s why he is the MVP of this league.

on what he was thinking on jhis 53-yard catch…
I was just thinking, ‘Run, Forrest, run!’ Obviously, I wish I was Forrest, because Forrest never got caught from behind.

On being one win from the Super Bowl…
There’s nothing to talk about right now. We’re going to enjoy this one, and we have another big game coming up. It’s going to be a tough game, regardless of who it is. Jacksonville played great – we knew it was going to be a tough game with them coming in here, the way they’ve been playing. You have to take your hats off to that team.

Adalius Thomas
On making second-half adjustments on defense…
Yes, we did. We made some adjustments, and I think it showed up. I think we played better in the second half, made more plays.

On how he’ll spend his Sunday…
Relaxing and putting my feet up, enjoying my kids. I’m going to sit back and relax and enjoy my family and watch a little football.

Who do you want to play next week?
It really doesn’t matter. As long as we’re playing, it doesn’t matter. Whoever it may be, we’re looking forward to playing them.

What does it mean to have a history with these two teams — Indianapolis and San Diego?
It means a lot. It’s different when you haven’t really played anyone, but when you’ve played both teams before during the regular-season, it gives you a little better understanding of what they do. But again, it’s playoff football, so you really just go back and look over your notes and try to steal some of the stuff you had earlier. But at the same time, it’s the playoffs. People are going to come up with new stuff.

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