Greg Schiano, Bucs coach:
"I'm really proud of our guys for locking in this week in practice and focusing on facing the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and going out and playing them in their place, and there are a lot of ways teams approach these things and the way teams play, and I'm really proud of how our team fought."
Doug Martin, Bucs RB, on restoring momentum after the Falcons' last TD:
"I saw everybody's eyes and they weren't going to let that happen (lose). Everybody just started to show up."
Donald Penn, Bucs tackle, on winning the finale:
"We were hoping that they would play all of their guys as we wanted to get the full Falcons, not the half Falcons. We came out and finally executed the right way. … We cut down on turnovers and were able to run the ball. Any game that we can run the ball, we are a different team."
Mike Smith, Falcons coach, on playing starters with top seed clinched:
"I think you get 16 opportunities. You want to go out and play your best. To go out there and not play your best and not try to win is counterintuitive to guys in that locker room and it's counterintuitive to us as football coaches."
Tony Gonzalez, Falcons TE, on team's failures:
"(The Bucs) came out and played well, we have to give them their credit. They showed up to play today, and we failed to meet their intensity."
Asante Samuel, Falcons CB:
"We're going to play like champs from now on."
Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
To no great surprise, the Falcons appeared caught between Sunday. They weren't quite sure how hard to try, so they wound up falling 13 points behind a Tampa Bay team that hadn't won since Nov. 18. The inevitable — inevitable when you consider that Ryan took every offensive snap — rally fell a touchdown short.
Again, no big deal. And it's possible that Sunday's injuries won't amount to much and the Flowery Branch Birds will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy five weeks hence. Still, a game of no consequence needn't have spawned such drama.
Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com NFC South blogger:
This game was much more significant for the Bucs. They had lost their past five games and appeared to be in a deep funk that had the potential to set the tone for a dismal offseason. A strong showing on the road against the NFC's best team changes a lot of that. The Bucs finished 7-9 and carry a little positive momentum into the offseason. Overall, you have to consider coach Greg Schiano's first season a success.