QB Andy Dalton: Whatever it takes to win — that’s definitely what happened today

Postgame Press Conference vs Miami

Down by three scores, win by two — that’s rare in the NFL. It’s only happened eight or nine times in franchise history. How big is that?

“It’s huge. To be sitting here 4-1, and not 3-2, is big. I kept saying out there, ‘It’s a crazy game, you never know how it’s going to unfold. You never know what’s going to happen.’ We felt like we were in it the whole time, we just needed a spark, we needed to make a play. And then (we had) the touchdown to Joe (Mixon). The two defensive scores were huge. Whatever it takes to win — that’s definitely what happened today.”

The defense had a big stop on third-and-one in the third quarter, where it forced Ryan Tannehill into an errant deep throw. You guys came out and scored on the ensuing possession. It seemed from that play forward, you guys really turned it around. Was there any conversation about that at the time?

“I felt like the momentum shifted in the fourth quarter. For us to score 24 points in that fourth quarter, it’s huge. If you look at thefinal score, you’re not going to know the tale of the game. That’s the biggest thing: If you can win the fourth quarter, you give yourself a chance.”

When the ball left your hand on the touchdown to Joe Mixon, as you’re watching that, what were your thoughts at that point?

“I thought I had enough to get it there, and I felt like if I could just get it out there, he could come down with it. As soon as I let go, I got hit, and I wanted to make sure it got there. Fortunately, it did.”

What are your thoughts on a running back being able to make that kind of adjustment on a ball?

“That’s what Joe (Mixon) can do. Our backs are great because they’re not just runners, they can catch the ball. Joe’s really talented with that, and the thing that’s nice about Joe is he’s a bigger guy. When you get a guy like that with hands, it’s definitely a threat out there.”

You had Tyler Kroft open in the back corner of the end zone, but you were pressured. It seemed like you were going for it and trying to get it there, but the pressure made it tough for you to get it there ...

“Yeah, that one was more of a throw-away. If I would have had just a second longer, I would have been able to get it there, bu they were on me. Yeah, it was close. If I had just had a little bit more time, we would have had that one.”

So you wanted to make sure you didn’t put it in jeopardy and make sure if he wasn’t going to catch it then nobody could catch it?

“Yeah. We had (likely) points down there (in FG range), so you don’t want to take a chance that’s going to hurt you. Obviously I did that in the first drive of the game and had the turnover. But yeah, at that point in the game the field goal was huge.”

They seemed to be getting really handsy with A.J. Green on that first drive. It seemed like they were grabbing him more than five yards down the field and it wasn’t being called. Is there some accuracy there?

“There’s a couple out there we thought could have been called, but they weren’t.”

Speaking about A.J., he just broke the all-time record here 100-yard receiving games, with 32. What’s it mean to have that kind of security blanket out wide?

“Yeah, A.J. (Green), it’s what he does. He’s had so many big games here and so, it’s one of the records he’s going to have. I feel like he’s going to have a ton of records here. I’ve just got to allow him to break these records. He’s so good, and I’m very thankful that I’ve had him my whole career.”

How important is it to have 23 come-from-behind wins in the fourth quarter? You just set the record here. How important is that?

“Like I said — finding ways to win the game. This one is hard to put on me, the way the defense played at the end. I mean, it’s doing whatever it takes to win, and if you can do it in the fourth quarter it’s huge.”

What was it like in the huddle when you were down three scores? Was it like, ‘Hey we’ve been here, maybe not to this extent, but we’ve been here, done that?’ Once you’ve been there, does it get contagious to do it again?

“For sure. For us, at that point, we just needed something that was going to give us the momentum. We put drives together, and we just weren’t finishing them. I think the touchdown to Joe gave us that spark, and I feel like the momentum shifted after that point.”

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