Quotable from NFL Network’s broadcast

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cowboys, 33-24, in the final regular season game on NFL Network. Here is what you might have missed.

“”This is organized chaos.” Deion Sanders on the Ravens defense

“This is the homecoming of all homecomings. A loss by the Cowboys would be a train wreck.”Steve Mariucci on the pregame show

“Joe Cool has been pulling it off all season long”Sterling Sharpe on Joe Flacco


“A really good running back. You don’t see a lot of flash, but he makes plays.”Marshall Faulk on Dallas RB Tashard Choice

“The ball hung up in the air and when it’s around Ed Reed, it’s Ed’s ball.” Bob Papa on Baltimore FS Ed Reed’s interception of Tony Romo

“He does a good job of being patient. … We call that ‘getting skinny.’” – Faulk on Choice scoring the first touchdown between the tackles

“I know I said that Tony Romo’s offensive line was going to have to help him out today, but his defensive line bailed him out after that interception.” – Faulk

“He’s been the consistent guy in their passing game.” – Papa on Ravens WR Derrick Mason when he is shaken up after a play

“Just look at the pressure the Dallas Cowboys are getting from their interior defensive line. Flacco isn’t even finishing his drop and he has guys in his face.” – Faulk

“When it comes to winning, these fans will forgive you for anything.” – Sanders on Terrell Owens dancing on the star as a 49er

“This is the football capital.” – Sanders

End of 1st Quarter: Cowboys 7, Ravens 3

Video highlights


“He’s always gone about his business quietly but he has always been effective.” – Sanders on Mason

“That was not the throw of a rookie. DeMarcus Ware didn’t even see the ball. You can’t put it any better than that.” – Faulk on Flacco’s pass to Todd Heap for a first down

“We saw a lot of that from Peyton Manning on Thursday Night.” – Papa on Flacco’s pass to Heap for a first down

“You’ve played 14 games, this is not the time for these mistakes.” – Sanders on snap miscommunication by Romo

“Can that count as a pass attempt to Terrell Owens?” – Sanders on a pass that Romo threw away

“He doesn’t have the zip on the ball that he normally does. That ball is fluttering in the air. I don’t know if it’s his back or what, but that’s the second deep ball I’ve seen him throw and it just doesn’t have the same velocity.” – Faulk on Reed’s second interception of Romo

Halftime: Ravens 9, Cowboys 7

Second quarter highlights


“Tashard Choice is my choice to win this football game.” – Sterling Sharpe on what the Cowboys need to do in the second half

“I don’t try to be an expert on a lot of things but I am an expert on playing wide receiver. When my number is called and you’re throwing the ball to me, if it’s thrown short I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that ball hits the ground. That’s not happening. Terrell Owens isn’t getting his head around quick enough on some of these throws and this offence is going nowhere fast.” – Sharpe on the problems the Cowboys have had in the first half

“Romo is not the answer against this defense. Right now they’re on.” – Sapp on Baltimore’s defense


“This game is being played like a playoff game, definitely in a playoff atmosphere and he’s not answering with big plays.” – Faulk on Romo not stepping up in a big game

“You don’t throw the ball down the middle of the field knowing the best ball hawk in the league Ed Reed is there.” – Sanders on Romo’s interceptions

“Rex Ryan is in his rhythm. This game is being dominated by the Ravens defense” – Sanders on the Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan

“Ozzie does a great job, but I don’t know how you can let that happen.” – Sanders on three of the Ravens All Pro defensive players being up for free agency at the end of the season

“He’s going to earn his check tonight. He’s going to be in the hot tub, the cold tub, just healing up. Those Ravens hit hard.” – Sanders on Romo under pressure from the Ravens defense

“Vintage Cam Cameron, just when you think this team is at a standstill, he threw out the whole season and comes up with these trick plays.” – Sanders on offensive coordinator Cam Cameron having Flacco keep the ball and run for a first down

“The break that the Cowboys needed, they got it, and then it didn’t go their way.” – Faulk on the Cowboys not being able to hold on to a recovered fumble.

“A short week is the perfect time to put in a trick plays because you don’t have time to prepare for everything.” – Faulk on the Ravens doing a fake field goal

“There’s only one team that seems to be playing with a sense of urgency and it’s not the Dallas Cowboys.” – Sanders

End of 3rd Quarter: Ravens 16, Cowboys 7


“That’s a frustrated defense right there. They’ve been on the field a long time and they haven’t gotten any help from their offense.” – Faulk on defensive penalties on the Cowboys

“That’s not a good night. It’s not Romo-like at all.” – Faulk on Romo going 14-25 for 90 yards on the night

“This is the Romo we’re used to seeing” – Faulk on Romo’s touchdown drive

“That’s what happens when you run mad.” – Faulk on Willis McGahee’s 77-yard touchdown run

“I apologize, Willis McGahee, you still have it.” – Sanders on Willis McGahee’s 77-yard touchdown run

“This is normally the time of the game where Ed Reed becomes Superman.” – Sanders

“In Tony Romo’s defense, I have not seen a lot of separation between the receivers and the defense.” – Faulk on Romo’s lack of success

“I feel like I’m watching Archie Manning.” – Faulk, a New Orleans native, on Romo avoiding the rush

“That is the longest run by a visiting back in the history of Texas Stadium.” – Papa on Le’Ron McClain’s 82-yard touchdown run

“The drama is just beginning in Dallas.” – Sanders

“What is that a ‘walk off tackle?'” – Papa on the Ravens stopping the Cowboys on fourth down to end the game


Host: Rich Eisen Analysts: Steve Mariucci, Warren Sapp, Sterling Sharpe

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin Joins the Crew on Set:

“They marry up well here: drama and Dallas.” – Irvin

“When you have a TO and Adam Jones and “Tank” Johnson, in the locker room, anything that leaks out becomes huge news. Certainly we had situations that happened in the locker room, but fortunately we were able to keep it in house.” – Irvin

“We had problems, but we didn’t need those coaches meetings. We had a clear cut hierarchy. Troy (Aikman) was the quarterback and everyone fell below him.” – Irvin

“I happen to like that that he wants the ball in crunch time, that he wants the ball all the time. But there is always a diplomatic way of getting things done, so let’s do it the right way so we can be a football family as we march toward the playoffs.” – Irvin

“You can bring all the talent in the world together to one stage, but if it doesn’t gel and become a football family then it’s not going to happen.” – Irvin on the Cowboys

Hall of Famer, Roger Staubach Joins the Crew on Set:

“Everyone wanted the ball, you want the receivers to want the ball, but it’s a delicate balance, you have to watch when ‘what’s in it for me’ comes before ‘what’s best for the team.’ I was pretty much in control, but they weren’t happy all the time.” -Staubach

“That personal agenda is important in life, but you can’t put that in front of the bigger agenda.” -Staubach

“Troy (Aikman) and Emmitt (Smith) in the ‘90s resurrected it and Tony and this team are resurrecting this decade, and I think they’re going to be a pleasant surprise in the playoffs.” -Staubach

Ray Lewis sits down with Sapp:

“I love this game too much and I’m too dominant in it, until I stop dominating and wake up without that fire in my eyes to dominate a youngster, I don’t know.” – Lewis on how much longer he’ll be in the game

“I had to take a step back and say I can mourn over the loss or I can get my troops together and say now this right here, next time we won’t leave it there. That was our fault next time we won’t leave anything out there.” -Lewis on the much talked about Steelers touchdown


“He’s upset because no one is giving them a chance and Ray thrives on that.” –Sanders on Lewis getting ready for the game.

“He makes me want to go out and hit somebody.” — Eisen on Lewis as a motivator.

“The electricity in this stadium right now is as good as any time ever.” — Mariucci

“The headlines will read ‘We Have Failed.’ A lot of these players will be back, but they will definitely have a new head coach.” -Sharpe on the reaction if the Cowboys don’t make it to the playoffs

“This is the homecoming of all homecomings. A loss by the Cowboys would be a train wreck. A win by the Ravens, who have already exceeded all expectations for a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback, would be nothing short of amazing.” -Mariucci


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