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“He felt like he was part of it from the start and didn’t want to not be part of it in the end,” Haley said. “It just reconfirms my belief and knowledge that Matt is a truly competitive, competitive guy who wants to be a real good quarterback in the league and wants to be the leader of a team that wins a bunch of games.

“He shows that every day out here (at practice), and he shows it in games like that.”

“When I signed with them I just really wanted to have an opportunity to finish out,” Simoneau said. “I’d been injured the past two years and couldn’t play, and I just wanted the opportunity to compete.

“I wanted to see if we get to the playoffs and I felt good about the Chiefs and what they were doing and be a part of that team. I wanted to end on a high note as far as my career. My body just couldn’t handle it anymore.”

“I would say he’s a great coach,” said Fitzgerald, considered by many the finest wide receiver in the NFL. “He wanted it so bad for us. He prepared us so much. He pushed us. I remember after the (2008) NFC championship game him being in tears and just embracing him. Those type of moments I’m always going to remember with him.

“He was a great coach. But more so, he was a friend.”

What I’m referring to is the fact that while the winning team (Vick) had a great passing day in the one case, the losing team (KC) had a great passing day in the other. Both QB’s had well over 300 yards. Both threw four TDs. Neither threw an interception. Of course, it’s not as equal as it sounds, but what it shows is that if you get off to a great start passing the ball, you can win big. If you get hammered at the start, you can pass big. That’s the distinction.

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