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Divisional round 'GameDay Final' quotes

Divisional Round (1/16/11) - Quotable from NFL GameDay Final on NFL Network

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"These are mistakes the Patriots never make, and they made them today."
-- Michael Irvin on a botched fake-punt attempt by the New England Patriots

"That's what's so great about the National Football League: Parity does exist to a certain extent, and every game's a new game."
-- Steve Mariucci on the New York Jets defeating the New England Patriots on Sunday after losing, 45-3, in Week 13 of the regular season

"The guy played out of his head today."
-- Deion Sanders on New York QB Mark Sanchez, who threw three touchdowns in the Jets' 28-21 victory over the New England Patriots

"He's been the best coach in the National Football League in the last couple of weeks."
-- Michael Irvin on New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan

"They played a physical football game, something that New England wasn't ready for."
-- Michael Irvin on the New York Jets in a 28-21 victory over the New England Patriots

"This defense of the Patriots, they're not a good defense, they're very opportunistic. They normally play with the lead. … They didn't have that lead today, and now you found out who they really are. They're not that good."
-- Deion Sanders on New England Patriots defense

"Guys stepped up when they needed to step up, they helped the young [Mark] Sanchez, and that's why they're going to Pittsburgh to play for the AFC championship."
-- Michael Irvin on the New York Jets' wide receivers in a 28-21 victory over the New England Patriots

"I didn't trust Jay Cutler because he hadn't been in postseason play since high school, but one thing I did trust was] this [Rod Marinelli-coached defense. I knew they would come to play football."
-- Deion Sanders on the Chicago Bears defense in a 35-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks

"Jay Cutler took control of this game early, built a 28-0 lead and didn't look back."
-- Steve Mariucci on Chicago QB Jay Cutler, who threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns

"He made the difference today because he gave Jay [Cutler] early confidence that he showed all game long."
-- Michael Irvin on Chicago TE Greg Olsen, who had 113 yards receiving and one touchdown

"These two teams feature some of the best defense in the game."
-- Deion Sanders on the AFC Championship matchup between the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers

"The Jets are going to go through the roller coasters [because] they're an emotional football team. … But the Jets stepped up today."
-- Michael Irvin on the New York Jets in a 28-21 victory over the New England Patriots

"Everybody's doing their job very well. You've got Mark Sanchez playing a little bit up and down, like youngsters do, but when he has to play up, he is playing up here late in the year."
--Steve Mariucci on the New York Jets advancing to a second consecutive AFC Championship Game

"We've got quarterbacks that have finally won their first playoff games and are ready to explode on the National Football League scene."
-- Steve Mariucci on Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers and Chicago QB Jay Cutler

Additional exclusive video clips from Sunday's NFL GameDay are available on Click on the video segments. These videos include:*

Let's Go Primetime: Deion Sanders counts down the top 10 performances from the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Primetime video

Divisional Remix: The best plays from the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Divisional Remix video

New York Jets Moving On: The NFL GameDay Final crew breaks down the New York Jets' 28-21 victory over the New England Patriots.
Jets advance video

New York's Santonio Holmes: NFL Network's Albert Breer sits down with the Jets' wide receiver after his team's 28-21 victory over the New England Patriots.
Santonio Holmes' video

And many more Divisional round game highlights and postgame video only on

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