OPENING STATEMENT:

“It was a game. I thought defensively we played great. Offensive line played great.  We ran the ball, we made a few big plays in the passing game which we needed. So it was a good game. We played hard, we expected to play hard. It was a tough win. It was a good week of practice and we took advantage of some turnover opportunities that we got. We also didn’t take advantage of a few ones that we got as well. I think that we can use it as something to build on and try to move forward into next week against a very good team.”

On how much their play-action helped them:

“It was great. When you’re running the ball, you can use that play action and I thought… we scored on the one to Brandon, we had a a few other pretty critical plays trying to fake the run and you can get some great separation on the defense when it happens and we did a good job of that.”

On Brandon Lloyd’s production tonight:

“Yeah, he had a great game. He made some real critical plays and catches. I have a ton of confidence in him, I’m not worried about that – going over the middle. He made some other big plays, one of the pass interference there that got called back. He made another big play coming across the middle… I’ve got a lot of confidence in Brandon. So, he did a great job”

On the fact he was demonstrative after getting the first down in the third quarter:

“I don’t run too often so, I’ve got to show them that I can still do it a little bit. I was pretty fired up at that point so that was a big moment in the game. I’m happy we got the first down.”

On who he was trying to show:

“All the rest of the people out there, the opposing defenses that say I can’t run and won’t move out of the pocket. At least there’s a little bit of a threat there.  Not a big threat, I’m not like RG III back there or anything, but I can make a first down.”

On how far this team has come since they were 3-3:

“That’s a good question. I think we’re trying to make improvements. You know, we started really fast, three touchdowns on the first three possessions and then we go four possessions without doing anything. We made a couple big plays that really helped us, that’s something we haven’t really done a ton of this year. But when you make big plays in the passing game it makes up for a lot of errors. We’ve got a great football team coming in on a short week for us, so we’ve got to put everything into this one the next week”

On how his baby girl is doing:

“She’s doing very well, thank you.”

On if her big brothers are very excited:

“They’re very excited. Yeah, they’re very excited. It’s been a great week, this is a great way to end it.”

On if this was a statement game for them:

“Well, it was a big game because they were 11-1 and leading the AFC and we had to see where we’re at, see where we match up against the better teams in the league. We lost to Baltimore, who’s winning their division, we beat Denver, who’s leading their division, we beat the Texans, who were leading their division. It’s always good to win these games, certainly a Monday night game. We’ve played a lot of big games here, but Monday night in December is an important one for us and we came out ready to go.”

On if the fact the Texans were getting a lot of praise was a motivating factor coming in this game:

“Well, they deserve it. They’re a good team, so they deserve a lot of the credit. They were 11-1, and were 11-1 for a reason. They made a lot of really big plays at important times. We did a good job of executing early, our defense really kept us in there the whole game offensively, allowed us to miss a few opportunities and still go out there and score some points. Like I said, it’s stuff we can build from, learn from, and we have to play our best game next week. Were playing against a great football team.”

On how a win like this affects the opposing team if you face them again this year:

“I’m not sure. I mean we’ll see if we play them again, it would obviously mean a lot if we did. It was just a good win. I don’t want to make more of it than it really is. It was a very good opponent, we played them at home on Monday night, had an extra day to prepare, I thought we took advantage of it and we played a pretty good football game. I think there’s still things that we can do better and hopefully we do to them better because we going to need to play almost a perfect game next week.”

On the fact Jerod Mayo said they finally put together four quarters that they can be proud of:

“Well, our defense is playing with a lot of confidence. Offensively we feel like we can move the ball, we feel like we can put points on the board, we’ve done that consistently throughout the season. Our defense has shown us they can really get the ball to us and play some complementary football. I thought we did that for the most part tonight.”

On if things are starting to come together:

“Well, it needs to come together now, this is the perfect time for it. We can’t wait any longer than this. We’ve got three games to play, they are the three most important games of the year.”

On if he had an MVP vote, how he would give it to:

“I don’t have that vote. If I did, that’s a hypothetical. We don’t answer hypotheticals at the Patriots. Belichick would stand up here and say, “You moron, why would you answer a hypothetical question like that?” and I sit right there [motions in front] and he doesn’t have to look very far.”

On the fact Dante Stallworth said all he can see that’s different with him from the last time he was here was more wrinkles:

“Oh really? He’s probably right. It’s called kids, marriage, if you us is over the last five years. Those will add to some gray hairs and some wrinkles.”

On if his game is about the same or as good as it ever was:

“You know, I hope I can keep making improvements. I mean, I don’t think I’m perfect out there. I think I’m still trying to work on my mechanics and technique and read the right coverages and use my time to prepare each week effectively and be a great leader for this team. Those are things that I certainly don’t take for granted. It’s a responsibility I really take and understand. I expect to the best every time out there for this team because I’ve been around for longer than anyone else on this team. I’ve been on some great teams and I can see the attitude of great teams and I can see the work ethic of great teams and that’s what I try to encourage. That’s my role as a leader, as a captain, as a veteran, as a quarterback, I try to show up every day in encourage the other players who haven’t been a part of those. Hopefully we’ll have to go through growing pains, you can listen and say, “Tom you are right. You’re not just screaming at me for a reason.”

On when his daughter is older and he’s retired, what game he would show her?

“What game would I show her?  There’s been some fun ones.  I like the snow ones, I like those ones.  We need some snow around here in December. It’s not supposed to be 60° and perfect conditions in December in Foxboro.”

Not the Super Bowls, not this one?

“I don’t know, hopefully there’s some ones to come.”