John Harbaugh post-game quotes
Opening statement: "Obviously, a very difficult loss. Credit goes to the New England Patriots for the way they played really out of the gates, from the beginning to the end. We lost the game, putting it behind us, we're moving on. We have a lot at stake next week. That's what we'll be looking forward to prepare for."
(on how Joe Flacco's knee affected him) "I don't know. I think he played well, as far as fought, battled in there. I don't know about the stats or any of the other stuff. I don't have the barometer on that. I've never answered that question when you've asked it before how much, so I'm not going to answer it now. I don't know."
(on the Patriots' run game and play action) "They run the ball well. They always have. They've been running the ball well all year with him – with all of their backs, but especially with [No.] 29 [LeGarrette Blount], so play action is going to be a factor on that. They didn't hit any big shots in play action on us. I thought we did a pretty good job with that part of it."
(on if he thought about challenging the Ray Rice run in the fourth quarter) "I did, but they told me upstairs that we wouldn't have gotten it, that it was short."
(on the decision to kick a field goal) "At that stage, I just felt like it was too long. We had a chance. We got it within two scores if we did that, as I recall. Is that right? (Reporters: It was 20-0) Were we 20-0? OK. I can't remember, to be honest with you. I'll have to give it to you tomorrow. I can't recall the situation. I thought you were going to ask me why I went for it three other times, kill me on that one. You threw me a curve ball. It just shows you how hard those decisions are."
(on if he considered going to Tyrod Taylor at QB earlier) "No, no consideration of that."
(on having to beat Cincinnati next week and get help) "Well, that would have been the same situation, I believe. We wouldn't have clinched here anyways with a win. The fact of the matter is it doesn't change too much. We've got to go in there and win. That was pretty much going to be the case no matter what, so that's what we've got to do. We've got to play a lot better than we did today to go in there and win. They play very well at home, obviously. It's a big challenge for us, but I feel like we're up to it."
(on what contributed to their early 14-0 deficit) "A pass interference penalty and a turnover is what contributed to that. It's not rocket science there. We got down quick, a couple bam-bam plays, and we were in a hole, and we tried to dig our way out of it and just couldn't do it against a good team that was playing well."
(on if it was a tightly officiated game) "I have no idea how to answer that."
(on why he felt strongly going for it on the two fourth-down plays) "I felt like we could make them."
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