Featuring postgame quotes from the following:
Head Coach Todd Bowles
Q. How did it feel to run the ball the way you did successfully?
TODD BOWLES: It felt great to run the ball. I thought they did a good job mixing things up, trying to keep him off balance a little bit, running the ball and then throwing the ball. Rachaad [White] and Leonard [Fournette] got off to a good start. Rachaad ran the ball. Leonard got hurt. Rachaad got his carries, and he's a slithery guy. He comes to play every day. Seems like he's always falling forward. The offensive line played well, and they blocked for him.
Q. What can you say about the performance of Devin White, considering what he's dealt with the last few weeks, to come out here and put up two sacks?
TODD BOWLES: For him to even get on the plane, it happened right before we were leaving, and he still got on the plane to play the ballgame. Lose your dad right before you're getting ready to go to Germany and to come out and still play says a lot about the guy.
Q. Did you have the chance to register the energy of the crowd?
TODD BOWLES: The crowd was electric. A lot of Seahawks fans here. The crowd was electric, though. It was loud throughout the ballgame from beginning to end. I thought the German fans were outstanding, and it's a great place to play.
Q. How much easier is it with the momentum of two wins going into the bye week and all that kind of positives going into the break?
TODD BOWLES: Feels great to go into the bye week with a win. Obviously two wins, so hopefully we're trending forward. You almost don't want to have a bye since you've won two in a row, but we've got some guys nicked up we need to get healthy, so we'll get some rest, and we'll get ready for the stretch run.
Q. There's always one moment in a season where you find out that you're flipping around. Does this moment feel like that?
TODD BOWLES: I can tell you that after week 17, but it's a good start.
Q. 3rd down on both sides of the ball I think you held them for 1 for 9. How important was that and the improvement you've shown on both sides?
TODD BOWLES: That was huge for us. It's something we've been working on. We know it takes the offense off the field. We know it keeps the defense on the field, so to get off the field against this club, they've got a good ballclub on both sides of the football. It says a lot about the guys working.
Q. A lot of players slipping. Was the ground any problem?
TODD BOWLES: It was slippery. We had on seven studs and it was still slippery, but we understood that. It was equal for both sides.
Q. Did you talk about what cleats everybody had to wear before the game?
TODD BOWLES: Yeah, we knew that. We talked about it. We kind of understood what we had to wear. But it was real slippery and short, so again, both sides had to play. We didn't use that as an excuse.
Q. One guy that slipped was Tom Brady on that pass reception attempt. Did you tell him to play a little deeper from now on?
TODD BOWLES: Had he not slipped, you would have seen his 42-inch vertical. (Laughter.)
Q. You mentioned Leonard Fournette's hip. Do we have any update on that injury?
TODD BOWLES: Not yet. He just has a hip pointer. We'll evaluate it more as we get going.
Q. The defense on the whole, just able to come up -- they got close, but what did you think about the overall defense?
TODD BOWLES: Again, three and a half quarters, got to finish ballgames. We understand that going forward. You've got to finish ballgames.
Q. What happened on those two touchdowns given up in the fourth quarter?
TODD BOWLES: Well, we couldn't get off the field on fourth down. We had them fourth down twice and we had plays to make and we did not make them, and then we had lapses giving up the touchdown.
Q. Do you feel any closer to kind of playing that full 60 minutes that you guys have been encouraging players?
TODD BOWLES: We play hard. Just got to stay engaged mentally the whole game.
QB Tom Brady
Q. We talked to a bunch of Germans today before the game and they said they support the other team but they wanted a Brady jersey because they like you so much. How was it playing in front of this crowd today? How did you perceive the crowd? You looked really comfortable on the field despite the long flight getting here.
TOM BRADY: Yeah, that was one of the great football experiences I've ever had, so that says a lot for 23 years in the League, and for a regular-season game, I think the fan turnout was incredible. It felt like a very electric atmosphere from the time we took the field.
At the end of the game with them singing "Sweet Caroline" and "Country Roads," that was pretty epic. I think everyone who was a part of that experience got to have a pretty amazing memory for their life. Thank you for hosting us. We appreciate it. Thank you.
Q. Aside from the actual match, what was the most memorable moment for you coming here to Germany?
TOM BRADY: I think it's always pretty cool when the team kind of travels together and hangs out for two or three days and can really lock in on what our job is. We've got a lot of games that kind of feel like when you're in a long season, not that they feel redundant, but you've done them so many times you kind of feel the routine, and this is obviously outside of our comfort zone to a degree, and a long flight, but that wasn't a big deal because it was a great flight, and we had great accommodations here.
I think everyone got a chance to see the city a little bit, but most importantly, we were here to try to play and win a football game, which I thought we did a lot of great things out there. So it wasn't perfect, but I think the best part is winning the game and feeling like we made some improvements.
We have a bye week now so we can take a little bit of time to refresh and get ready to make a big push and figure out kind of some of the things we haven't done well the first 10 weeks of the year and see how we can get better.
Q. How important was it to get the running game going, especially the job that Rachaad White did?
TOM BRADY: Yeah, Rachaad did a great job, and the big guys up front played really well. This was as good an effort as we've had by that entire group. A lot of guys made plays in the pass game; Mike [Evans] made them; Chris [Godwin] made them; Cade [Otton] made them; Julio [Jones] made them. So everyone did a great job kind of spreading the ball around to different people. It's what we're going to have to keep doing.
Hopefully we can keep building on it.
Q. 3rd down conversions and red zone were both really big for you guys, and those were areas you've really had to key in and focus on. What was different about those today?
TOM BRADY: Yeah, they were better. I think there's still room for improvement, obviously. The two that we had a chance on the first drive, got a holding penalty and ended up not getting the field goal, and then we had the interception, two interceptions, one with Lenny [Leonard Fournette] and one with me. Cut down on our turnovers, be a little better on 3rd down. Certainly if we run the ball better, I think we give ourselves a great chance to win going forward.
It makes it a lot easier for all of us when the run game does what it's doing and did what it did today, and just really proud of everyone really coming together, understanding how important that was for us and figuring out a way to get a win.
Q. How many touchdown passes in your career do you have and how close were you today?
TOM BRADY: I wasn't very close today. Unfortunately that corner is a former college receiver who jumps a lot higher than me and is much more athletic. I was hoping to be wide open, and I probably was on the first one, and I think they were pretty clued in on the second one, and they said "cover him, cover him," and I was on the sideline and tried to yell, "Lenny, no!" But it was too late, and the ball went up in the air and I was trying to just -- whatever, jump up and knock it down, but I ended up falling on my face.
That would have been pretty fun. I think I've had a few catches. Never had a touchdown, though.
Q. On Friday you said you were going to buy a present for your daughter. What did you buy?
TOM BRADY: I'm not telling you. It's a surprise when I get home. (Laughter.) She'll be home waiting. She'll be sleeping when I get home, but I got something for her.
Q. Are there similarities between this team and two years ago?
TOM BRADY: I mean, I think everyone would love to think that -- what it was like -- everything is totally different than two years ago. Just like most things in everyone's lives, everything is pretty different than a couple years ago. Every year is a different year, and you've got to take your strengths and weaknesses, you've got to build on them, you've got to work hard.
We have a very different group of players this year, and we're going to keep fighting hard. We are going to try to do what's right every time we take the field and try to keep going to get wins.
Q. What did you feel about the atmosphere in the stadium? were you able to enjoy the people or were you still focused for the game?
TOM BRADY: No, that was one of the great experiences I've ever had. I've played at Wembley twice. I played in Estadio Azteca in Mexico, which was another amazing experience, and this is as good as it gets.
To just travel around the world and see kind of the welcoming from even around town, there was a lot of really cool fanfare, and then driving in today it looked like there was a lot of excitement. By the time we got on the field for warmups, the stadium was basically full, and it just gets everyone hyped up, and hopefully we kind of entertained everyone. That was our goal coming out here.
Q. The future games here in Germany from the NFL, will we see you again in the next four years?
TOM BRADY: Will you see me in Germany in the next four years? Oh, man, that's a tough question. There's probably a lot of people that want to know that question. Yeah, I'm going to take this one for what it was, which was very, very special, and I don't know what the future holds.
But it was amazing, and just got to meet some of the Bayern Munich players, and just been a big fan of international soccer for a long time. I know they've got the World Cup coming up. Have a great appreciation for sports, what they do, how they bring people together, and I think this was another indication of that. It was really cool for a bunch of American kids to come over here and play in another country and kind of see -- be welcomed the way that we were, so we're very grateful. Thank you guys.
Q. Was this the major reason you didn't retire?
TOM BRADY: Number one, yes. Yeah, it wasn't probably the top reason why, but obviously this is an amazing thing that happened for our team. It's going to be a fun ride home. I don't know if we have alcohol on the plane. Not that I drink much, but it will be fun to watch all the other guys drink. I'm sure there might be a few guys looking for some beer on the way out to the airport. We'll see.
Q. Do you feel like there's been a turnaround in the season over the last five quarters?
TOM BRADY: No, I really feel like you get out of these games what you put into them, and I feel like each game is very different from week to week and what you put into the game individually is going to give you the best opportunity to succeed.
I thought we had a good week of preparation. Obviously a different week, but we prepared very well, and we were prepared to play today. We came out with a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm. We ran the ball hard, we played very tough, very physical. We covered kicks, we returned some kicks, ran the ball very well, stopped the run. Their passing game really got them back in the game. Geno [Smith] played a great game, made some great fourth-quarter throws. But our defense stepped up, the offense played good. It was a good team win.
Wide Receiver Julio Jones
Q. Second time in three weeks, how does that feel? Do you finally feel healthy again?
JULIO JONES: It felt great doing whatever I can do to basically help my team out, to get things going. My number was called early, tried to make a play, I was wide open, so I was just like, I've got to score, I've got to do something with it.
Q. You got the ball rolling.
JULIO JONES: Yeah, we did. I felt like we had a great team win today, all phases. We moved the ball around a lot. We ran the ball effectively. It was just a great team win today.
Q. What did you think of the crowd?
JULIO JONES: I loved it. I loved the energy here in Germany, the fans. They were amazing. Just the whole atmosphere. Like we really don't get the opportunity to play 80 something -- whatever it was, I can't remember, 69,811, right? That's a lot. But those type of crowds, it's amazing. It's people who just love the sport and just love -- the energy was really, really good. They kept us into the game. It wasn't a dull moment. I loved the way they chanted, they stayed together in unison. Overall, it was amazing.
Q. The first touchdown in Germany, what did it mean for you?
JULIO JONES: I haven't thought about it like that. I was just trying to help my team win the game, but I think it's amazing. I also feel like just the atmosphere out here, we can continue to keep coming out here and playing because like I said, I love the fans, I love the atmosphere. It's always good to play in front of an audience like that. As players, as football players and things like that and as coaches, as well, just to be able to come out and play in front of, like I said, the atmosphere is amazing.
Q. (On the condition of the grass).
JULIO JONES: No, I love it. I love it. I don't like turf. I love the grass. I had an injury from turf like the artificial stuff. But I love grass. They make plenty of cleats. We had seven studs and things like that from prevent us from slipping. We're great at our craft, so we've just got to get our chin over, especially as a receiver, get your chin over, things like that, so you don't slip.
Q. You guys finally got the run game going today. How much easier does that make your offense operate when they can be balanced like that?
JULIO JONES: I just feel like it contributed from every position. The offensive line did an amazing job for us today, moving the line of scrimmage. Rachaad [White], Lenny [Fournette], Sneak [Ke'Shawn Vaugh], a lot of guys just got the ball, got opportunities in the run game, passing game. We were able to do way better moving the ball around, throwing, passing. As you could see today, it just felt effortless when we're out there together moving in unison.
Q. What does it say about Devin White, the fact his father passed away just a few days before you guys played out here, and Coach Bowles said for him to just get on a plane --
JULIO JONES: Yeah, that's an amazing testament to him. Prayers for him and his family. I don't know what he's going through. I can't really talk about how he is, what he's doing, but the brotherhood here is family here. We support him. We're glad he made the trip. He probably played for his pops and things like that, but that's not for me to discuss him. You can ask him when he gets up here.
Q. When was the last time that you were that wide open in a game, high school?
JULIO JONES: Not high school, probably pee-wee. Probably pee-wee. But like I said, it's amazing, man. Like I said, everybody is contributing. We're moving the ball around a lot, running the ball, throwing the ball to different receivers, tight ends, running backs, for me to be wide open like that, like I said, I had to score.
Q. Does this give you guys at least a jolt going into the bye week?
JULIO JONES: We're just going to celebrate this one and we're just going to go from there.
Q. Did you feel more in sync offensively?
JULIO JONES: It felt good. It felt really good. It's all about consistency, though. You don't put your head in the clouds. You've got to continue to keep working and getting better. Yeah, it's a great win for us, but we always have room for improvement and we've just got to continue. Once we watch film, we'll see what we need to improve in, but at the end of the day, we're going to enjoy this one.
Q. Can you put some words on the strength you guys showed in closing out the game in the fourth quarter?
JULIO JONES: Yes, like everybody, Chris [Godwin] made a heck of a catch coming down. Rachaad [White] made a heck of a run. I had a catch, as well. But we just moved the ball. Sneak did a great job to really kind of get it going. But like I said, it's just everybody just playing their part. Nobody is getting riled up or anything like that. When the play comes, we just make it.
Q. You were talking about playing on grass instead of turf. There's a social media discussion about playing on grass more. Would you agree with that and how would you manage it?
JULIO JONES: Absolutely. We just have to figure it out. We come together, our player reps, things like that. We've just got to come together and figure it out. If you ask anybody, everybody prefers the grass pretty much over turf. It doesn't give. It's a hard surface, things like that, especially when you're jumping up, coming down, being explosive and stopping. Like I said, ACLs, MCLs go all the time with turf.
Q. Will you come back to Germany?
JULIO JONES: Absolutely. I loved it.
Wide Receiver Chris Godwin
Q. Seems like every week we talk to you, you feel like you're getting closer and closer, getting back to where you were. Did it feel like things were really starting to come together for you this week?
CHRIS GODWIN: Yeah, I would say so, especially as the game kind of progressed. I had to get into a little bit of a groove, but I think it just all comes with time and patience, just continuing to work hard. I've got great teammates around me, so as long as I'm contributing to the overall cause, which is trying to get victories, that's what I'm happiest about.
Q. I know you and Julio Jones had two big catches there on that final drive. What was going through your mind when the game got as close as it did?
CHRIS GODWIN: Really just make the plays that come to you. Try not to press, just go out there and execute what we know we can do.
Q. Chris, I know you've waited a long time to get your first touchdown this season. How nice is it to have it be as important as it was?
CHRIS GODWIN: Man, it feels really good. It's been a little while since I've been in the endzone. Feels like it's been pretty elusive for me. But it feels good to be back in there, and what a great environment to do it in.
Q. How was it to get a touchdown in Munich?
CHRIS GODWIN: It's amazing. The crowd was amazing. Germany has been great hosts to us. We really enjoyed this trip. This is something I won't forget, the first NFL game in Germany, and I got the opportunity to score a touchdown, so that's great.
Q. What will you do on the flight back?
CHRIS GODWIN: Oh, that's a great question. We'll see what that entails. I can tell you it's a lot better going back with a victory than it is a loss. We're going to enjoy ourselves and just spend some time kicking it with the guys.
Q. No gluten-free beer on the plane though.
CHRIS GODWIN: Oh, no, I'm not even a beer guy to begin with.
Q. You don't do the gluten and the dairy --
CHRIS GODWIN: I definitely don't.
Q. Were you able to get enough --
CHRIS GODWIN: Yeah, surprisingly I was able to find some good spots. The food was great. But I'll leave the beer to my guys, and I'll live vicariously through them.
Q. How important was it to get the ground game going finally? You've been a big part of that through the years, just what it creates for you space-wise in the passing game.
CHRIS GODWIN: It's huge. It's hard to really get anything else going when the ground game isn't going because you can't play action and you're pretty one-dimensional. But whenever you can get it going, you see what can happen. But I think the offensive line did a really great job. Our receivers did a great job blocking, and our runners, they were running the ball hard. It was great.
Q. These last two games, to beat the Rams and the Seahawks, how do you think it's changed the direction of the season?
CHRIS GODWIN: Just stick with the script. We know it's a long season. We know how good we can be, but we also know that we haven't been playing up to our standard. So really just focus on each play, focus on trying to do our job the best that we can and just see what happens.
Q. The offense looked so much more fluid than the last games. What did you change, or was it the Munich air?
CHRIS GODWIN: It might have been the air. We didn't really change anything. Again, it's trying to do the right things on each play, not really pressing to do anything special but just make the plays that we know that we can make and communicate.
Q. You said to Mike Evans before that game-winning touchdown drive last week, this is the drive that's going to turn things around, not just in the game but for the season. What gave you the confidence to say that, and do you plan on going to Vegas in the bye week?
CHRIS GODWIN: Really just having confidence in your guys. I had a feeling. But again, football is hard, and it's tough to win in this league. But I feel like if you approach it the right way, if you do the right things, ultimately things will kind of turn around for you.
Again, we have a bunch of talented guys on the team, so it's not really a surprise when things go well. It's just about us doing those things consistently enough to produce victories.
Q. What did you think of Rachaad White today, especially the run where he just forearms the guy or shoves the guy out-of-bounds? How does that inspire you guys?
CHRIS GODWIN: Man, that's really, really dope to see. I think all throughout training camp we've been seeing flashes from Rachaad, and I've been really cool with him and just talking to him. So it's really, really cool to see him put that on display in front of the world. He's a really good kid. Football means a lot to him. For him to get the opportunity to go show what he can do, that's beautiful.
Q. You're all very experienced players, obviously, but this crowd, especially when they whistle so loud, does that do anything for your mind?
CHRIS GODWIN: I think once you're on the field like in the middle of the game, you kind of tune like all the noise out. You hear the crowd in between plays and when the defense is on the field. But the crowd was electric. It felt really, really special. I think this is something that people should really get to experience, so I'm glad I got to do that.
Running Back Rachaad White
Q. What do you think about the people in Germany?
RACHAAD WHITE: I thought it was very fun. I thought they was in tune with the game. We loved the energy. Like Dev [Devin White] just said, regardless if they was booing, who they were going for, we just loved the energy. We love fans being in tune, so it was good. It was electric out there.
RACHAAD WHITE: I mean, I feel great. Blessed really to get win. That was a big thing for me. We're just trying to do anything we can to get the win. It was fun out there. I feel like I did good. Some things I could have did better, but we'll see on film.
Q. This is probably the most carries you'd had since college; how much did that help you get into a rhythm? Some of the bigger runs came later in the game?
RACHAAD WHITE: Yeah, that's a big thing, obviously, especially when you're getting carries back-to-back, things like that, you get in a rhythm. You get in a groove. So that helped out a lot. Also obviously my offensive line, everybody was just on point today. We really love to see it, and Coach was dialing it up.
Q. You're getting a lot of feedback on social media; the stutter step, were you actually trying to set him up to do that stiff arm and throw him away?
RACHAAD WHITE: I was setting him up for something, and the stiff arm just happened. It just was a reaction. Playing running back, you've got to react a lot, so I was stutter stepping setting him up for something, and he just bit, and he did a good job of just staying there and not letting me break the big run. I just wanted to set an example.
Q. When did you know you were going to start the game?
RACHAAD WHITE: I'd say some day this week. It was tough with Lenny [Fournette] might not be able to have, not getting his passport until late, so I would say it was some day this week, but yeah.
Q. And they stuck with the plan even when you got over here?
RACHAAD WHITE: Yeah, they just wanted to stick with the plan, stick with it, and I was grateful for it.
Q. Do you have any idea what the plan is going forward?
RACHAAD WHITE: No. Man, I may not even be concerned. Those things are out of my control. Whatever, like I said, my role, Coach wants me to do, I'm blessed to do it.
Q. On the last drive when you guys were trying to close it out, you had a big run, what did that mean to be able to close the door?
RACHAAD WHITE: It meant great. We knew the mentality we wanted to have coming back out there, and obviously I loved it. My mentality was I knew Coach was going to run the ball, put the ball in my hands and I was telling myself, let's go finish this game out. The leaders, Chris [Godwin] and Mike [Evans] and all them, we rallied together in the O-line and we was all behind it.
Linebacker Devin White
Q. Devin, talk about how hard it was playing today and how much you were thinking about your dad.
DEVIN WHITE: I mean, it was very hard to play. Just a lot of emotions. But I tried to turn them into good emotions and just keep a great spirit. That's the relationship we had; just all about ball, all about just going out there and being the best and just getting this thing turned around. So that was kind of the emphasis, that we were more focused on leading up to even coming to Germany, like just go over there and put on a show.
Q. After one of your big sacks you looked up; was that just remembering your dad?
DEVIN WHITE: Yeah, it was just like appreciation, just knowing I've got great people, great angels watching over me. It was just like, this one is for you, because I felt like I was going to come out and have a good game. I had a great week of preparation, and then getting ready to get on the plane to get a call like that, it just seemed unreal.
But at the end of the day, I knew I had a job to do, and I just wasn't going to accept no pats on the back and stuff, so I just put my head down and just kept going forward.
Q. Coach Bowles told us he doesn't know how you got on a plane, let alone come over here and play a full football game. What did it take for you mentally, physically, emotionally to be able to do that?
DEVIN WHITE: I mean, I kept it to myself because I'm a person that just can back myself up into a corner and handle everything and figure it out later.
As the week got going and we had to continue to prepare for the Seahawks, who are a great team, I leaned on just being on the football field. I kind of took that in consideration and being out there with my brothers, that kind of put everything at ease, at least when we were out there. Getting to the hotel and I was back by myself, it was a little tougher, but while I was at practice it was just about doing the correct things to go out and win the football game.
Q. Did you think about him while you were out there? I know you pointed to the sky after you had a sack. But did you think about him a lot while you were out there or did you try to focus on football?
DEVIN WHITE: Yeah, I was really trying to focus on the game because I know at the end of the day, I'm the man with the mic in the middle; I've got to execute everything. I've got to get all the proper calls in. I was just trying to keep a level head, but the minute I made a big play, I just knew I was going to honor him. It is what it is. I had my head on straight.
Q. You've wanted a takeaway for so long on this defense. Talk about the play where you got the fumble from Geno Smith.
DEVIN WHITE: I mean, I told Antoine [Winfield] that I was going to be the first one to get us back on the takeaway train, and just when I saw him just scrambling around, we were in a cover front, and I just knew I had to make a play on him. So I went to wrap with my right hand and punch with my left, and man, I was celebrating because I knew I got him down, but even more when I saw Joe [Tryon-Shoyinka] like, "You got the ball out!"
So that was a big moment for us because we've been on a drought, and I think in my last interview I told you all we've been practicing punching at the ball. So just to see what we do on the practice field come to life in the game, that's a huge accomplishment, and it's a step forward to just being a better defense.
Q. Do you feel like today was a step forward in terms of playing a full 60 minutes as a defense? I know you gave up the two touchdowns in the fourth quarter there, but are you getting closer?
DEVIN WHITE: Yeah, I feel like we're getting closer as a unit, but at the end of the day I think more so giving up the stuff at the end was communication, and that's what it all boils down to. We had people on different pages just because they were going hurry-up, so I feel like we've just got to listen to one another and be sound because if we were all on the same page, we'd take those throws away.
That's just one of those things, one of those hard give-or-take things, but at the end of the day, the defense fought hard and the offense put us in great positions to be able to help them out as well, and I feel like that was complementary football. I kind of hate that it came down to the wire, but the fans probably loved it because it was a great game and the atmosphere was crazy.
Q. How special was it for you coming over here to play in another country and really show the German fans, really fans from all over, your brand of football?
DEVIN WHITE: It was a blessing. I think more so when you walk in the stadium and you see all the people here supporting, I think that was just a blessing. When we went out and went shopping in our downtime, everybody accepted us over here, and that was just a blessing. Just coming over here to their country, we're just trying to leave it a better place than what we found, and they accepted us everywhere we went. I really appreciate them for that because you can go places and it might not be the same type of environment, but we're thankful and we enjoyed the trip over here and hope we get to come back soon.
Q. Is there any difference between playing in Europe and playing in the United States?
DEVIN WHITE: I think the difference is it's a lot of camaraderie over here. I think one thing, you didn't know who was cheering for who, but you just knew it was loud. Anytime you get to play in front of a loud stadium, you can feed off that energy, and I think that was a good thing for me just getting to feed off the energy. Even if they were cheering for me or cheering for the Seahawks, they was cheering. I think that was a good thing. So I mean, I really love the energy over here.
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