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Postgame quotes from Baltimore Ravens players on Monday, November 24, 2014

Official team photos from the New Orleans Saints vs Baltimore Ravens game on Monday, November 24, 2014. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)

Quarterback JOE FLACCO

"Obviously the way the running game was working, we decided to stick with it. The offensive line and the running backs all did a great job, and that's what we've been working on for a while. It was huge for us today."

On first touchdown pass to Steve Smith Sr.:

"Their corner came up on the line and pressed him so I knew I had a throw there. I knew I had to get rid of the ball quick and that's what happened. And the timing worked out and Steve made a great catch."

On Will Hill:

"I think Will (Hill) was on Jimmy Graham the entire time out there. And as a quarterback you notice that: seeing a safety on a big guy like Jimmy Graham. It was a pretty good match up and they (Saints) tried to take advantage of it. But Will did a great job for us."

Wide receiver STEVE SMITH SR.

On touchdown reception:

"I mean Joe threw a great ball to me. You've just got to make a play. I tried to keep my feet in bounds and just tried to make a play."

On altercation with Kenny Vaccaro:

"He tried to tackle me and I gave him a stiff arm to the ground. He threw a punch and I kind of went after him after that."

"They (Saints) don't have to worry about me anymore and I don't have to worry about them. Whatever happened between us in the past is the past – we've both moved on."


"It's crazy, man, when you think about where I was at this time last year – mostly doing a lot of scout team work. I am just thankful for the journey I'm on. God has been faithful for me, and to just get the opportunity when I thought I would never get it again; it's a blessing."

"When you get a lot of opportunities like I've been getting, it allows you to get into a rhythm. I think that was the case tonight. We were able to get something going early. And then we kept it going all the way thru the 4th quarter so we all definitely enjoyed that rhythm."


On interception return for touchdown:

"On that play I saw (Drew) Brees was in trouble. He was out there looking for his No. 1 guy (Jimmy Graham). And then I saw him throw the ball and I noticed it was a little bit behind the receiver. And I just took the opportunity on the ball and ran with it."

On defending Jimmy Graham:

"That was my task the entire week and in coming into this game. All of the coaches came up to me and asked me if I was up to the challenge to defend him. And I told the coaches, 'are you serious?' That's what I look forward to. I just accepted the challenge and told myself, this is Monday Night Football and you have a great chance to make a statement."

"I studied a lot of film on him and noticed his tendencies. I mean, a guy like Graham, he's real physical. He's a really big guy and he doesn't expect anybody to get up on him. I think I caught him off guard a little bit."

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