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Quotes from Saints players following the Week 16 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

New Orleans Saints players recap their week 16 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Dec. 23

Check out the Week 16 game action between the Saints and Steelers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 23, 2018.

WR Ted Ginn Jr.
On the 3rd & 20 conversion:

"It was a play that Coach called. I was on the wing on the opposite side and that play was called before. Coach dialed that up and I just made it work."

On returning to play today:
"We all knew coming into this game what it was all about. It wasn't about me coming back. It was about the team winning the ballgame. That's what we did. We went out and won the ballgame. We played as a team and won together. That is the most important thing."

On having the #1 seed:
"You don't have to travel. We have homefield advantage. We have our fans."

CB Marshon Lattimore
On the defense making plays down the stretch:

"We're playing as a team right now. At the beginning of the season, it was all offense. Now, we are playing hard as a defense. I can't wait for the playoffs."

On winning in multiple ways:
"We've won some tough games. We work hard every week and win as a team."

DT Tyeler Davison
On winning in different ways such as today:

"I think it is huge. Championship teams find a way to win however they can. You win blow outs. When the games are close you still find a way to win. I think that says a lot about our team and the grit that we have. We have playmakers all across the field. When it's time to make a play, you know someone is going to step up no matter who it is. We have a number of people who can do it. Somebody is going to step up."

On the defense making big plays:
"That's what we need to do That's the mark of a great defense. Players make big plays in big time situations like that. It's not the first time that it has happened and hopefully not the last."

RB Mark Ingram
On winning in different ways:

"If you want to be a good football team, then you have to find ways to win without playing a perfect game. I think we have found ways to do that these last 5-6 weeks. I think it shows a lot about the character of this team. We are battle-tested."

On breaking the team all-time rushing touchdown record:
"It's a blessing. I thank the Lord for putting me in this position. Alvin (Kamara's) coming to get it, so I won't have it for long. It's just a blessing to be around family, friends, teammates and coaches. It's for everyone who has always been there to support me. I just thank God for putting me in this position."

S Vonn Bell
On the big play at the end:

"That's what we talk about. We want the game on our shoulders. We are happy with the win, but we just have to keep getting better. We relish that moment. Week in and week out we prepare for that situation. We just have to be at our best in that situation. We tell the team to just put it on us."

On everyone contributing at the end of the game:
"It's special. We aren't just doing it for us. We are doing it for our city. We went out there and made plays. We went out there and competed and we never stopped fighting. That's what I love about this group."

On getting the #1 seed:
"I'm speechless. We have a lot to work on. We are going to keep getting better, but we are going to run everything through the Dome. What a feeling."

WR Michael Thomas
On today's game:

"We just wanted to come in here and get a victory against a tough opponent. They are a tough team who we have a lot of respect for. They have a lot of history. They are a team that is trying to make the playoffs, so we knew it was going to be a battle. We responded."

On the game-winning touchdown:
"My number was called. Drew (Brees) made eye contact and it was time to make a play and put the game away."

On the #1 seed that was earned today:
"It's a blessing we worked for it. We just have to keep getting better and correct our mistakes. Opponents are going to be coming to the Dome, so we just have to protect it."

LB Demario Davis
On the fumble recovery in the fourth quarter today:

"The defense was on the field and we knew we needed to get a stop. The offense had just led a great job to put us in position for us to win the game. We knew that we just needed to prevent a field goal. It was just one of those situations where 11 guys on the field saw him catch the ball. Our guys hunted him and right before he went to down somebody stripped it. I was right there and saw the ball come out. We knew we needed to jump on the ball and put the game away."

On forcing fumbles:
"In this league, that is the trump card. Today it put us in a position to win. It's not always pretty. They were able to convert some third downs, but we were able to get the turnovers."

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