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EJ Manuel: "It's a tough pill to swallow"

Posted Dec 1, 2013

The Bills quarterback EJ Manuel addressed the media after the team's 34-31 overtime loss to the Falcons.

BUFFALO BILLS QUARTERBACK EJ MANUEL

Q: Does it sting coming into Toronto and having it end like this?

A: Yeah, it definitely stings, the opportunity we had in front of us, for the game to come down to the end like it did, it’s tough. It’s a tough pill to swallow right now and we just have to move forward. We still have another four or five games left in the season and we want to finish that strong.

Q: Do you think you go through an emotional roller coaster during the end of a game?

A: Yeah, I mean it’s a crazy game. Football is a game of making plays, honestly. We had the opportunity to make them and we just didn’t today. That’s the disappointing part of the game but nonetheless you still have games left to play and have to look forward to that.

Q: Can you talk about the running game in today’s game and how much Fred and CJ played a part of that?

A: Not just Fred and CJ but also the whole line. They really wanted to get the running game started for us, they did an awesome job. Starting upfront with Eric Wood, our anchor down front and he did an awesome job. Along with the other front four guys. Of course Fred and CJ made some huge runs and we got it going today but it wasn’t enough.

Q: Seemed as if they were coming with the blitzes early.

A: Yeah, we expected everything they threw at us, it wasn’t anything new. We handled those situations well, we might have got conversions two out of the three times they showed it, that’s still a good job handling the situation, but overall but in a game we didn’t win it.

Q: How about the deep throws and giving, Marquise Goodwin a chance of making those plays?

A: That’s just something you want to give Marquise an opportunity. He’s a big play threat. He’s showed us he can make those type of plays and today, the corners, have to give them credit, they made a good play on him.

Q: Do you feel you gave the game away?

A: No, I don’t think we gave the game away. We fought back, we understood the situation, we had the opportunity to get the field goal and we didn’t get it. We wanted to come back in overtime, we got the ball, won the toss. We just didn’t make enough plays.

Q: Do you feel like this was a positive step for you individually?

A: I just take a learning lesson from every loss. I don’t considerate a loss, I considerate a learning lesson, just handling the situation again. A third down, in a two-minute situation, a field goal, or us needing a touchdown late in the game, that’s good on my part but at the end of the day we didn’t win the game.