A: We haven’t gotten a shutout all year and with the way our front seven was playing, Bobby Wagner and the linebackers getting a lot of pressure along with the d-line playing fantastic, it allowed us in the back end to take advantage of the offense. When you have players like Byron Maxwell, who’s showing his true talents on the biggest stage and getting a chance to showcase his talents, you’re so proud of these guys. They’re getting a chance to shine and they’re shining. You have guys like Jeremy Lane who are playing outstanding football and showing their talents, getting a chance to shine and be the guys that we all knew they could be. Then you have Earl Thomas, the all-pro and probably defensive player of the year this year who’s been playing like he’s been playing the whole year, and Kam Chancellor.
Q: The last play, the interception, how did you see that come together? With Earl.
A: To tell you the truth, I was playing for the slant. I was playing inside leverage; we were running zero, this Texas play. That’s how you can tell Earl is everywhere because it wasn’t one high. It wasn’t one high at all. The back stayed in. That was his man and he just sprinted to where the ball was. I played inside and I saw him go for the fade and I thought he’s slowing down so the ball must be in catchable range. So, I put my eyes up and I knew that it was going to be a jump ball situation. I know that Earl or Kam are on their way at all times. They’re speeding somewhere to the vicinity. So, I tried to tip it up with enough air to get under it and Earl got under it. I owed him one.
Q: You had two picks in that game, one that negated a possible Giants touchdown. What was your favorite part about that pick?
A: I caught the ball. I caught it. I was excited. I was excited because big plays like that and big games are what you want as a defense. You feel like as a defense, it’s a total win for your guys. I was able to make the play for our team. It’s always exciting. I was the guy for a second. I appreciate that question.
Q: You guys look pretty comfortable here at the Meadowlands. You know there is a game here in February, any correlation?
A: There is zero correlation. We have to take it one game at a time and hope and pray we’re blessed enough to get back. It’s one game at a time and one week at a time. We have to focus on our next opponent and go 1-0 that week and 1-0 the next week. That’s our mindset. We can’t focus on potentially coming back here because that’s when you fall short and you don’t ever make it back.
Q: You’re on Nicks… were you able to get to him early or was it coverage?
A: Just covering. There were a few things said throughout the week. Eli said we’re over-aggressive and they were going to take advantage of that. I think we showed them we are over-aggressive, but it’s hard to take advantage of it. It’s easier said than done. We don’t like people coming at us in the media and saying negative things about us, so we wanted to put that on tape and we’re happy that we did so.
Q: For the first time ever you have six wins on the road this year, four of them in the 10 am zone. All those myths are shot down.
A: Yes, that’s what we wanted to be known as. We wanted to be known as a great home team, but also road warriors. On the road, there’s an old saying that you bring your defense and your special teams. If you bring that, you should do a good job on the road. That’s what we did today. Our offense did a good job of moving the ball. They had 350+ yards, 3 touchdowns. They did a good job. We wanted to make sure we affected the game and we had turnovers. We wanted to get a chance to score. That’s why you saw us lateral the ball and doing extra things. We were trying to get into the end zone as well and help our team win.
Q: Why did you owe Earl one?
A: Because I stole one before the half. He was sitting right there under it. He could’ve had it. He could’ve easily knocked me off to get it. He was very unselfish and allowed me to go up and get it. He let me know after that, ‘Man, I could’ve got it, but I appreciate you.’ We’re good teammates. He’s a heck of a teammate with his unselfishness so I wanted to give that back to him. I’m happy I was able to.
Q: What was your thought process when your team lateraled the ball after that fumble recovery?
A: I had to get a block. I had to get a block because that’s our thing. When you get a turnover you want to score. You want to do everything you can to score, especially in a game like this where it’s going back and forth for a lot of the time. You want to get a chance to score on D. You want to be part of that. You want to make your block and whatever you can do to help your team win. That’s what we try to do. We missed a couple of blocks and I’m sure we’re going to look at film and somebody’s going to get in trouble for it.
Q: If you do end up making it back here, do you think it’s an advantage that you’ve actually been able to play here and get a sense of the surroundings?
A: I do think that’s advantageous to us. Any time you get comfortable at a stadium, get a chance to play there, see the locker room, get the chance to see the city, feel the time zone change, the weather, it’s advantageous to your team. That’s why playing at home for a lot of teams is so comfortable. You get a routine. You get a rapport with the place you’re at. You get to sit down at the same locker, same spot. You get to go through the same routine every week. I think guys have a routine and they got comfortable with their routine this week. If we have the chance to be blessed and come back here, guys will have a routine.
Q: You hadn’t had an interception in a few weeks. A lot of that is people trying not to throw your way. Is that frustrating or is it nice to have teams throw it your way?
A: It was definitely fun to be more involved in the game and having a chance to make an impact and help my team. It does get frustrating from time to time not getting a chance to make plays for your team and making an impact on the game. Everybody has to do their job. If my job is to stand over here and cover and we don’t get any balls, that’s my job. Sometimes Earl doesn’t get any action the entire game. He’s in the middle of the field doing his job perfectly every play, but you don’t get any action. That’s not anybody’s fault. That’s just the defense. Even if you’re playing good defense and limiting them, you don’t get all the opportunities. When you do get the opportunities, you want to take advantage like we did today. Thank God we were able to take advantage of those.
Q: What’s it like for you to watch Russell every week?
A: He never ceases to amaze with his playmaking ability, his elusiveness, and how comfortable he is in adverse situations. There are plays where the line is doing a great job blocking, he gets around, and the end is coming off straight to him. He’s not the biggest guy. Justin Tuck and those guys are huge. He’s still able to stiff arm and get away, but he does it so smooth and casually that you forget that he’s a much smaller guy out there. He’s 5’11”. I think he’d be mad if I called him anything less. He’s a 5’11” guy, but he moves like a giant.
Q: Were you surprised at the turn out of Seahawks fans?
A: No, I wasn’t. Our 12th man did a great job of showing up and showing out. We appreciate that. I think that’s a testament to how dedicated they are to us, how dedicated they are to wanting to be a part of victories, wanting to be a part of impacting the game. They were making noise throughout the game. They made us feel at home. They made our comfort level improve and increase. We appreciate them coming out. 12th man, thank you again for showing up and showing out. We appreciate it and you had a great impact today.
Q: Could you tell the Giants were getting frustrated, was there talking on the offense?
A: To tell you the truth, there wasn’t much back and forth banter, at least on the back end with the receivers. But the D-line, the trenches are a nasty place. I don’t know what was going on in there. But, it was casual. They were getting frustrated because you want big plays. As offensive playmakers, they have good playmakers like Cruz and Nicks and Randle who have been making big plays all season. They wanted a chance to showcase their talent. Obviously, that was frustrating for them. We did our job very well today.
Q: Did you like the stadium?
A: I did like the stadium. It’s a beautiful place. We’d love to be back.