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Monday, January 15th, 2024

DAN CAMPBELL SPEAKS WITH PETER KING AFTER LIONS’ WILD CARD WIN IN THIS WEEK’S “FMIA” COLUMN

This was always the vision for what we could do here. I knew this was a sleeping giant. And we gave them something today.” – Lions HC Dan Campbell on the Lions first playoff win 32 years

“No way Jerry Jones slept Sunday night. Mike McCarthy probably didn’t either. How do you explain laying a dinosaur egg against a team with nearly zero playoff experience and being behind 27-0 before the first Tall Boy is drained?” – King on the Cowboys

“C.J. Stroud is playing quarterback like Yo-Yo Ma plays the cello.” – King on Texans Rookie QB C.J. Stroud following the Houston’s 45-14 win over Cleveland

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 15, 2024 – Peter King speaks with Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell after the team’s Wild Card win over the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit’s first playoff win in over 30 years, in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also discusses C.J. Stroud’s continued success, the Packers’ dominant upset over the Cowboys, Peacock making streaming history, and more.

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The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:

LIONS

Lions head coach Dan Campbell on his message to the team after their Wild Card win over the Rams: “For where this team’s been over the last 30 years and beyond, really, it was time to change. I just thought, We can do it here, though, and make it special, and we will do it.”

Campbell on his team’s performance on Sunday: “A day like this, this is what we’ve worked for. This was always the vision for what we could do here. I knew this was a sleeping giant. And we gave them something today.”

Lions LB Alex Anzalone to King following Detroit’s Wild Card win: “You imagine days like this when you’re five years old, thinking of what it’d be like to play in a big football game. This was a big football game. It had everything.”

King on Lions-Rams: “It was a beautiful athletic contest, with skill and strategy, and two very good teams playing at the top of their games on the biggest day of their seasons. It was apt, 24-23, because it was so close, and a shame one team had to lose a game there was absolutely no shame in losing.”

TEXANS

King on the Texans moving forward in the playoffs: “The Texans are going to be a problem in the divisional round. A big problem. They put up 31 offensive points on the game’s best defense Saturday, the coordinator consistently found ways to get his receivers way clear of Cleveland’s noted DBs, C.J. Stroud is playing quarterback like Yo-Yo Ma plays the cello.”

Texans QB C.J. Stroud on his negative pre-draft assessments: “I’m too blessed to stress, I mean, it’s just extra motivation. I don’t play this game to prove people wrong.”

Texans backup QB Case Keenum on Stroud’s success as a rookie: “We’ve seen it since day one. I can tell you—we didn’t put in any rookie gameplans this year. There weren’t any games we’re like, ‘Hey let’s give this young guy some confidence.’ From Week 1, it’s been serious NFL football that he’s playing.”

King on former Texans and current Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s return to Houston: “What must (Deshaun) Watson have been thinking, listening to this crowd shower his successor with love, knowing that could have been him with this rebuilt team if he hadn’t gotten himself exiled to Cleveland? Whatever Watson thought, this city’s moved on. It’s Stroudtown now.”

WILD CARD WEEKEND

King on the Cowboys’ head coaching speculation following their playoff loss to the Packers: “I can’t believe Jerry Jones, with a star (fading though he is) like Bill Belichick on the free market, wouldn’t go hard after him to try to salvage this era of Cowboys history.”

King on Rams rookie WR Puka Nacua’s Wild Card performance: “Best performance in a losing effort: Puka Nacua, wide receiver, Rams. Masterful, tough as nails, incredible hands, physical, one man cannot bring him down.”

King on the Cowboys after being upset by the No. 7 seed Packers: “No way Jerry Jones slept Sunday night. Mike McCarthy probably didn’t either. How do you explain laying a dinosaur egg against a team with nearly zero playoff experience and being behind 27-0 before the first Tall Boy is drained?”

King on Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa’s struggles towards the end of the season: “Tua (Tagovailoa) fell off the face of the earth too. He went from MVP candidate as December dawned to six TDs and five picks in his last six games.”

King on the success of the Peacock exclusive Wild Card game Saturday night: “NBC released its numbers for the game late Sunday night, saying the average audience in streaming and over-the-air (in Kansas City and Miami markets) was 23 million. This game became the biggest live-streamed event in the young history of live-streamed events.”

KING’S WILD CARD AWARDS

Offensive Players of the Week: Jordan Love, Green Bay, Jared Goff, Detroit, Laremy Tunsil, Houston, Rashee Rice, Kansas City, & Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams

King on Love: “His first seven drives of the game: TD, punt, TD, TD, TD, TD, TD. Any questions left about his fitness as the heir to the (Brett) Favre / (Aaron) Rodgers throne? I didn’t think so.”

King on Rice: “And he set the Kansas City rookie record for a playoff game with 130 yards receiving on eight catches. (Patrick) Mahomes has been waiting for one of the guys in his receiver room to emerge as a true threat, and the rookie from SMU did that Saturday night.”

Defensive Players of the Week: Jaire Alexander, Green Bay, George Karlaftis, Kansas City, & Derek Barnett, Houston

King on Alexander: “From doghouse to mansion, Alexander made an acrobatic contested pick late in the first quarter at Dallas that led to the Packers’ second touchdown and a 14-point lead early.”

King on Barnett: “Great acquisition by GM Nick Caserio, claiming Barnett from the Eagles on waivers Nov. 27. Two huge plays from Barnett turned the tide against Cleveland.”

Special Teams Player of the Week: Harrison Butker, Kansas City

King on Butker: “Yes, four chip-shot field goals. Those four field goals—from 28, 26, 32 and 21 yards—occurred in ridiculous cold. Butker made all six of his kicks, including two PATs, with footballs that had to have felt like rocks when he kicked them.”

Coach of the Week: Bobby Slowik, offensive coordinator, Houston

Houston backup QB Case Keenum on Slowik’s gameplan Saturday: “A genius gameplan, Bobby did a great job of setting guys to get in space while making sure C.J. (Stroud) was protected against the game-wreckers they have on defense.”

Goats of the Week: Joe Flacco, Cleveland, & Dak Prescott, Dallas

King on Flacco: “The Flacco fling was fun while it lasted, but we might have seen this coming: Flacco turned it over nine times in his five valiant regular-season rescue jobs for the Browns. It was a bit of a storybook six weeks.”

King on Prescott: “Another huge game of Prescott coming up small, with two interceptions leading to 14 first-half points for Green Bay. A bad time for a bad game for Prescott.”

Read the full FMIA column here and catch the weekly Peter King Podcast here.

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