"You always want to be on the field," he said. "You always want to be contributing. It's kind of a tough thing mentally just to keep yourself in it and try to stay focused."
And the touchdown ball? Surely a keeper?
"I handed it to somebody. I think they said they were going to hang onto it. I hope they did," said Whalen.
The world looked brighter Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium. And the playoffs are only three weeks away.