Tom Brady's Post Game Press Conference

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December 20, 2010 at 03:25am ET

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Here is the complete transcript of Tom Brady's press conference following New England's win over the Green Bay Packers:

On Dan Connolly’s kickoff return:

“That was the longest kickoff return ever – I’ve never seen anything happen so slow in my life.  It was an unbelievable play, I could never imagine anything like that’s going to happen.  That really was a big play in the game.  If it happens, we have to take advantage of it.  And Danny, it was a heads up play, smart - they won’t be kicking to him anymore I’ll tell you that.”

On what he tells the team in the huddle when they have to score:

“There was definitely urgency there in the second half, and I don’t think we did much to help ourselves throughout the entire game.  There were so many long yardage situations – and against a team like this, that’s one thing we talked about not doing is putting ourselves in long yardage situations.  They made it tough on us.  That’s a damn good defense, real good secondary, good defensive front – they gave us all we could handle tonight.  So you give them a lot of credit.  They’re very well coached, they play from the opening kickoff until the last play of the game.  It took all 60 minutes, so when we needed it we made the plays, and I’m glad we won.”

On what he was thinking watching the final Packers offensive series:

“You always run through the situations. I'm probably more thinking about what we're going to do if they score and we've got to get the ball down the field. Those are probably more of my thoughts. Our defense has really made those plays all year at the end of the game. The Colts game was a big game where they made some plays, Baltimore - they made some big stops. We've been in some close games and we came out ahead. This was as much as we could handle. I think we've got to come in and have a very good week of practice and get ready to go up to Buffalo to play another very good defense.”

On how hard it is to execute when they were on the sideline for so long:

“Well, I think that's a great question, and it's hard to get into a lot of a rhythm. I wish we could, as an offense, stay out there to get us in a rhythm. Part of us not being on the field was our lack of execution. So we need to go out there and execute better in order to stay on the field and get our defense off the field. I'm sure we lost the time of possession. I'm sure we lost the field position. I don't think we were great on third down by any stretch. It was really not a great offensive effort. I think we just - the defense, special teams made some huge plays for us and that's what we needed today.”

On the play of his tight ends:

“Sure, and they've done that all year. Those two young tight ends and Alge [Crumpler], what a great group of guys, and a great group of teammates. To rely on those guys week in and week out.  One week it's Gronk, one week it's Aaron, Alge has been a huge factor in these games. So that's what it's going to take. We're going to need everybody. There's not a player on this roster that we don't need and that really kind of showed up today.”

On Aaron Hernandez’ final touchdown:

“We had a play called and they were in a pretty good defense to stop it, so we checked out of it and I liked Aaron's matchup over there on the guy that he had and threw it to him. He made a great catch and a great, really, run after catch, too, to stay on his feet like he did and get in the end zone. Just two big touchdowns for him.  So he's been great. He works hard in practice. Practices every day, and he came up big tonight.”