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Saints players talk about 42-17 win

Quarterback Drew Brees

On his touchdown run:

"Nobody was open. I took off and run and got into the end zone. It looked like it was going to be a close play at the plate. I was bracing for the collision. I think I was a little quicker than I thought I was because I ended up getting in."

On his celebration dunk:

"I don't get many opportunities to score. Depending on how tired I am when I score, I gauge the dunk factor. Jimmy Graham has been on me about doing it. I wanted to appease him."

On the offense today:

"It was a great confidence-builder. We obviously moved the ball very effectively today. We had some big plays. It's been a while where we had a game with many big plays, which is nice. We were sharp in all regards. We did good running the football, on third down and in the red zone. We played winning football. We took care of the football."

Are Saints good enough to win three playoff road games in a row?

"Absolutely. We are good enough to do whatever we set out to do. I think today was a great step in the right direction to get ready for this playoff run."

Running back Mark Ingram

On the offensive rhythm today:

"It was good. We always want to start fast. We just played a great game and got the win."

On the running game:

"We just have to keep working at it and improving at it."

On getting ready for postseason play:

"We are just going to focus on what we have to do. We are going to come in tomorrow and get ready for whoever our opponent is."

Receiver Lance Moore

On getting back to the playoffs:

"That's what we expect to do. We made a lot of plays today and didn't do a whole lot of scoreboard watching. We won today and we are going into the playoffs the right way."

On the offense today:

"I'm not surprised. Drew (Brees) is a great player. He made a bunch of plays today. He spread the ball around. We made plays for him."

Tight end Jimmy Graham

On making the playoffs:

"That's what you strive for each week. It feels great." [internal-link-placeholder-0]

On getting off to the fast start today:

"We were able to get into a rhythm early. We scored on our first drive and we haven't been able to do that lately. That's very important for us."

On if he has thought about his accomplishments this year:

"It's been a good year for this team. We have been through a lot. We have had ups and downs. We have learned a lot from our mistakes."

Defensive end Cameron Jordan

On today's game:

"We played a great, complementary game. We started out slow defensively in the first half. They did some trick plays, but we settled down and got back to doing what we do."

On focusing at the challenge at hand:

"You can't worry about everybody else. At the end of the day, you can only focus on yourselves and your teammates. That's what we did this week."

Safety Malcolm Jenkins

On plugging new people into the defense:

"I was out (earlier in the season). Roman (Harper) was out (earlier in the season). Kenny (Vaccaro) is now out. Jabari (Greer) is out. We lost Patrick Robinson earlier (in the first Tampa Bay game). We just keep plugging guys in to perform. We've had a lot of guys come in and make plays. We take a lot of pride in that. We practice hard. We watch film together."

Cornerback Keenan Lewis

On today's performance:

"Hats off to (Tampa Bay) because they are a good football team. We knew that we had to get the win. We worked extremely hard all week. We came out with the win."

On what the defense can take from this performance:

"We'll keep it going. We have a lot of guys that work extremely hard. We'll keep moving forward."

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