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“They dominated Detroit in the trenches. … It was a domination upfront with the big guys for San Francisco.”
— Steve Mariucci on the San Francisco 49ers victory over the previously undefeated Detroit Lions
“If Frank Gore never had some of the knee surgeries he had, he could have been one of the greatest running backs to ever play in this game. He’s still great.”
— Michael Irvin on San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, who rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown in a 25-19 win over the Detroit Lions
“I love their excitement, they make it easy on us, they do great press conferences but you have to uphold the dignity of the game.”
— Michael Irvin on head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz
“I understand you’re excited but do what you have to do: go touch the guy’s hand the right way. You’re not playing football, and that’s what it is: you’re not a football player, you are a coach. We got on Mike Singletary when he was doing football stuff as a head coach, and Jim [Harbaugh], you can’t do that either. That’s just the bottom line.”
— Michael Irvin on San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh
“If you’ve played with [Jim] Harbaugh, if you’ve been in the bunker with him, if you understand his mentality, it is just the kind of guy that he is. I don’t think that there was any ill intent with what Harbaugh did. He gets so fired up.”
— Marshall Faulk on his former teammate and current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh
“[Tony] Romo had the ball back with three and a half minutes to go [in the game] and they went three and out. That’s pretty much the game. If you want to beat the Patriots in New England, you have to make one first down or two right there to wrap things up.”
— Rich Eisen on the Dallas Cowboys’ loss to the New England Patriots
“You cannot ask for anything more from the defense. I don’t want to hear about that last drive; Tom Brady has been doing that since birth. … The offense has to put up more than 16 points. Make plays. Score touchdowns, not field goals.”
— Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys in a 20-16 loss to the New England Patriots
“They needed this spark from their defense.”
— Marshall Faulk on the Philadelphia Eagles defense forcing four turnovers in a 20-13 win over the Washington Redskins
“When Mike Shanahan is at that press conference and he says ‘we’re going to look at the film and we’re going to let you know later on,’ that usually means we’re going to make a change. I would expect John Beck to be the next quarterback to try to get this offense [running] consistently.”
— Steve Mariucci on the Washington Redskins’ quarterback situation following Rex Grossman’s four interceptions
“I never thought they would find another Brian Westbrook. They did.”
— Michael Irvin on Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown in the 20-13 win over the Washington Redskins
“You often look at the record – of course the Giants are 4-2 and on top this tough division – but you also look at the quarterback because Eli Manning has been probably the most consistent. … I’ve got to go with the Giants because Eli’s been there – to the Super Bowl and the whole thing – and he’s got the most experience.”
— Steve Mariucci on the best team in the NFC East
“The catalyst for this Atlanta team if they want to get back to where they were last year is Michael Turner.”
— Michael Irvin on Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner, who had 139 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries
“This is what you get with a young, talented team: you get great games like this, you get down [games] like last week against the Niners in a beatdown. You’re going to get a lot of up and downs, but boy what an exciting team.”
— Steve Mariucci on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who beat the New Orleans Saints 26-20
“He’s always been classy like that. He was in Philadelphia when times were tough. He was in Washington when times were tough last year and he got replaced. Here he goes again: he said the kid should get some snaps and that’s right. But to start next week against the Green Bay Packers, no that’s you Donovan because you’re better prepared to do that and play well against them. At some point when you’re mathematically eliminated and it’s time to look at the future, yeah Christian Ponder will be ready to play and then you’ll mentor him in the right way. But not yet.”
— Steve Mariucci on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was replaced by rookie Christian Ponder in a 39-10 loss to the Chicago Bears
“I don’t know if Donovan is going to be a starting quarterback after someone handed you two franchises and you didn’t do very well with those two franchises. The reality is Donovan can still play football if he’s willing to step back and come in maybe as somebody’s backup, and then wait and see. This is not a bad thing: Kurt Warner went through that in New York before he found another home in Arizona.”
— Michael Irvin on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb
“When you talk about speed, this is it. It’s the kind of speed that scares you, makes you afraid.”
— Michael Irvin on the Oakland Raiders’ Jacoby Ford 101-yard kickoff return for touchdown
“There is nothing that’s out of his range so everybody is saying, ‘yeah they’re really kicking this field goal.’ And they fake it.”
— Michael Irvin on a fake field goal on a 52-yard attempt by Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski that resulted in a touchdown
Albert Breer Reports from Detroit
“The Niners and Lions went into Sunday ready for a street fight and that’s exactly what they got. Alex Smith told me this was the most physical game he’d ever been a part of. But the players didn’t expect the coaches to get involved. After the game, Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz got into an altercation in the tunnel behind me. I asked Delanie Walker whether or not he’d go into a fight with Jim Harbaugh, and he told me ‘of course, coach Harbaugh is a dog.’ And with the Niners at 5-1, that dog had his day.”
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Final are available for viewing:
Mooch Goes Primetime – With Deion Sanders in Atlanta accepting his Hall of Fame ring, Steve Mariucci does his best Primetime impression, counting down the top 10 performances from Sunday’s Week 6 games.
Time to Bench McNabb? – NFL GameDay Final crew debates if it is time for the Minnesota Vikings to bench quarterback Donovan McNabb in favor of the rookie Christian Ponder.
Handshake Etiquette – Following the altercation between Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz, NFL Network analysts Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin discuss the proper post-game handshake etiquette.
Best Team in the NFC East? – Who is the best team in the NFC East? NFL GameDay Final weighs in.
7:30 PM ET: NFL GameDay Highlights
Host: Rich Eisen Analysts: Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders
NFL GameDay Highlights offers a fast-paced recap of the afternoon games, providing highlights, post-game press conferences, player interviews and instant analysis leading up to the Sunday night primetime matchup.
11:30 PM ET: NFL GameDay Final
Host: Fran Charles Analysts: Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders, and Michael Irvin
NFL GameDay Final is the definitive exclamation point on Sundays providing unlimited highlights of all the games, plus post-game press conferences, interviews from the field and locker room, audio captured throughout the day and expert analysis.
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