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Joe Gibbs Post-Game Press Conference

Opening Statement:

"From our standpoint, I'm proud of our players. They fought their guts out. When you play on the road, you go up against a lot. We had some very critical plays out there. There were a bunch of them. You never want to lose on one play. We made a number of mistakes out there that really hurt us. The two-point play, the safety, I guess the referees reviewed that. To me, I couldn't see why they would overturn that. I think you have to say Denver is a very good football team. You have to take your hat off to them. This game was one of those where you can't make mistakes on the road against a good team like that, and expect to win. But I was real proud of our guys and how they kept fighting. We have a good bunch of fighters, that's for sure."

On Mark Brunell passing 50 times in the game:

"Our goal is always to be balanced, but I think it's just the way the game went. I kind of felt that there were some things open for us in the passing game. We practiced this week in bad weather and we threw the ball well there, too."

On the explanation on the safety that was nullified on review:

"You got me. They called it, they reviewed it and they reversed it. From the way the team reacted, I thought it was a done deal."

On the impact of the safety being nullified:

"It was big. It was a big play in the game. You can imagine if we had to just kick an extra point at the end of the game instead of going for the two-point conversion."

On Denver's pass rush:

"Denver is a very good football team and they give you a lot of problems. They give you a lot of different fronts. I was proud of our guys up front. They got some pressure on us, but we got our shots, too. In our pass protection, I think we had some things work for us. It was a hard-fought game, but we came out on the short end of it."

On Novak's 53-yard field goal attempt that was called back due to penalty:

"The players told me it was good. With the penalty, it put us out of range there. A long pass was a better shot for us."

On the two-point conversion attempt at the end of the game:

"We had David Patten wide open in the back of the end zone. It's a good two-point play that we go with. Just as Mark Brunell let it go, Patten was running in the back part of the end zone. But one of Denver's linebackers bumped it away."

On Shawn Springs' injury:

"He injured the front part of his shin. I didn't get a report on it yet. It's probably something that's not serious."

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