When asked directly if this was his last game as Seattle's defensive coordinator, though, Quinn asked not to speak about the impending divorce.
"I'd like to make everything about our guys," he said. "With respect to this game -- what a terrific game we were just all a part of -- and tonight, I'd like to make the focus about our players."
"We were prepared for them to come in if they wanted to feature the run game, but they're a difficult team to prepare for. One game can be 12 or 13 runs and the next game was 44. When you go against this team you have to be prepared to go a few different ways."
Quinn said he featured more zone looks in the fourth quarter, which ended up opening a window for Tom Brady to hit some momentum-changing passes.
"They really lit us up and got hot," Quinn said. "We tried a number of things on both of those scoring drives...we tried a number of different (looks). When you go back through it, there are certainly calls you could have different. But I gotta tip my hat to those guys."
Perhaps the game plan itself will earn McDaniels more respect next year when the coaching carousel spins again. It's hard to imagine a more desirable name at the moment.