© St. Petersburg Times, published January 24, 2000
Quarterback Shaun King on the last drive:
"We made a couple of plays and I took a couple of sacks, which was a no-no and it hurt us."
WR Karl Williams on what went wrong with the offense:
"We're moving the ball down the field but we have to concentrate on making the plays once we get into the red-zone area. You can't win any championships by not putting the ball in the end zone."
G Frank Middleton on letting the defense down:
"It would have been great to have come back and win the game. I just wanted to win for the defense because they played so hard. But once again, we were the weak link."
WR Jacquez Green on whether there is a sense of accomplishment for getting this far:
"There's no reconciliation. We wanted to be in the Super Bowl."
Tony Dungy, on a delay of game penalty that wiped out a first down in the fourth quarter:
"I thought it was a good call. I was watching the clock and it looked like it got to double zeroes."
Derrick Brooks, on the replay decision to overturn a catch by Bert Emanuel in the fourth quarter:
"I clearly thought that was a catch. When I heard it was being reviewed, I said, "For what?' "
Brooks, on next weekend's Super Bowl:
"It's going to be awfully hard to watch, knowing that we should be there."
Brad Culpepper, on the lack of respect the defense was given by the Rams all week leading up to the game:
"None of that matters. Last week we shut down the No. 2 offense, and this week we shut down the No. 1 offense."
Culpepper, on what the team can learn from the loss:
"You don't learn anything from losing. All you learn is how to lose."
Shaun King, on his fourth-quarter interception that led to the Rams' winning touchdown:
"Our timing was off, and a good defense will take advantage of that. ... Even when they scored, I thought we would win. There was still time for us to win."
Defensive tackle Warren Sapp on the game:
"They wanted a war and we gave them a war."
Sapp on the loss:
"It is going to take a while to get over this one. We can't lose sight of how far we have come."
Strong safety John Lynch on the season:
"Hopefully we will build on this. We went a step further than we went last year, and hopefully we will do it again next year."
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