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Tom Brady’s Post Game Press Conference Transcript 9/14

“It’s good to win.” – Tom Brady after Sunday’s win over Minnesota. (USA TODAY Images)

On if it’s exactly where he wants it yet offensively:

“I think we all have a lot of work to do. ¬†So, it’s good to win. ¬†We’ll get back to work tomorrow.”

On if it’s nice to not get hit like he did last week:

“Yeah. ¬†I think we had pretty good control out there, thought we did a good job in the run game. ¬†Took advantage of some opportunities, but hopefully we can do a lot better.”

On the performance of the defense and special teams:

“Yeah, they made a lot of great plays… a lot of great plays, big time plays, that was what we needed and hopefully they keep doing it. ¬†So we’ve got to start producing when we get it and take advantage of some of the things that…you know, getting the ball in¬†short field and¬†stuff, get in the end zone.”

On the play of Julian Edelman:

“Yeah, you know, he’s doing a great job for us. ¬†So he’s a great player, made some great punt returns. ¬†He’s a great player for our team. ¬†So hopefully we can keep making improvements and he’s a big part of that and hopefully we kind of look¬†better.”

On the fact he seems very down and if there’s one thing he can say they need to do better:

“I’m happy we won. ¬†I just wish we’d go out there and play like we’re capable of. It’s just the way it is. ¬†Just glad we won, it’s a great team win, a lot of guys contributed, a lot of great plays were made, hopefully offensively we can do a better job next week.”

On if he thinks a lot needs fixing:

“I think we’re going to try to make improvements. ¬†We’ll get back to work and see what we can do better. ¬†Certainly, same way after last week, try to make some improvements and hopefully we can go out there and do a better job.”

On his thoughts on Stevan Ridley:

“Yeah, some great running, great blocking up front. ¬†He always runs really hard. ¬†We were really close on some runs to breaking him¬†some longer ones, but that was really important for us to be able to run the ball like that. ¬†We’re going to need that all season.”

On the fact he has 149 wins, number two all time and how it feels for him:

“Um…I’m glad we won. ¬†You know what…I don’t think about those things too much. ¬†But I’m glad we won and hopefully we can do better next week.”

“Thanks guys.”

Tom Brady’s Post Game Press Conference Transcript

Sunday was a frustrating afternoon for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. (USA TODAY Images)

Here’s what Tom Brady had to say following Sunday’s loss to Miami:

On if the Dolphins were better than he thought they would be:

“They have a good team. ¬†They always play pretty well down here, especially against us and we just … We had a decent first half, I think we left some opportunities out there in the first half and in the second half just, obviously didn’t do anything in the third quarter and that lead to a one-dimensional team in the fourth quarter and we didn’t make enough plays there. ¬†So give them a lot of credit. ¬†They dealt with a lot of injuries and they’re pretty mentally tough, and we’ve got to learn from it. ¬†We’re going to get back to work. ¬†Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. ¬†The guys in the room have to dig deep and see if we can go out and get a win next week.”

On if he feels he was let down a bit in terms of the protection:

“I mean, those guys are working their tail off. ¬†That’s a good front. ¬†We’ve got to do better in all areas and I’ve got to do a better job. ¬†That’s kind of where our focus is for this week.”

On if it was good to have Gronkowski back in the line-up to throw to:

“Yeah. ¬†Yeah… I mean he’s a good player for us. ¬† So I think all of us have to go out there and play a lot better than we played today. ¬†I mean, you can’t play the way the way we played and think that we’ll win a game this season. ¬†There’s nothing positive to really take from the things we were doing. ¬†I think it’s a good example of if you do the things that we did today, you’ll¬†get beat. ¬†We played a good football team at home. ¬†Like I said, we had a decent first half, but, you’ve got to put 60-minutes together if you’re going beat them.”

On if he thought conditioning was a factor:

“We’ve been practicing in this all summer so I don’t think that played a part of it. ¬†I think¬†our execution was just terrible.”

On the fact the guys up front didn’t seem to be gelling:

“Truthfully, I don’t think we were gelling anywhere today. ¬†There wasn’t much positive from the quarterback position, the receiver position, the tight end position, the anybody position, none of us can play like that and expect to win. ¬†All of us have to go out and do a much better job than we did today, take the coaching, understand what we need to do better and then go and execute¬†next week.”

On the fact it’s been a while since they’ve lost the first game and how important it is for he and the other veterans to keep the mindset right with the younger players:

“Well, it’s a long football season and you’ve got to make improvements throughout the course of the season. ¬†Whether you win or lose, you’re not going to be playing really perfect football, especially in September, but you’ve got to try to win these games, they’re important games to win. ¬†They all count the same. ¬†A win or a loss counts the same in September as it does in December. ¬†We just didn’t play a good football game. ¬†We got off to a decent start, made some turnovers, and then let them back in the game in the third¬†quarter and then we just couldn’t do anything in the fourth quarter. ¬†So we’ll try and figure out the things that we did wrong, and build on the good things, get rid of the bad things, and hopefully that will put us in a better place next week.”

On what the change was in the second half:

“I think our execution was just terrible. ¬†We just couldn’t do anything offensively. ¬†We couldn’t sustain drives. ¬†We couldn’t get a first down. ¬†We couldn’t run it, we couldn’t throw it,¬†it was just a bad day.”

On if he’s surprised they didn’t take more advantage of Miami’s defense after their linebackers went out with injuries:

“I know, but like I said, they had some guys that came in that did a good job. ¬†#53 [Jelani Jenkins] … [Jason] Trusnik did a good job. ¬†They’ve got¬†some good players, especially depth at that position. ¬†They’ve got¬†a good front, good players in the secondary, they make you earn it. ¬† We just couldn’t sustain anything. ¬†Too many drives¬†where we sputtered. ¬†Certainly in the second half, the third quarter … you can’t play football that way.”

On the fact Gronkowsi looked behind and if he had any sense that Gronkowski was behind in his reactions to what they were trying to do:

“Like I said, I think everybody … the guys in the blue jerseys, I don’t think any of us played very well. ¬†I don’t think that was Gronk or anybody in particular. ¬†I mean, this is a team sport. ¬†We all rely on each other. ¬†I think we play with anticipation, we communicate well and we try and go out there play for each other and you play to win. ¬†I think today we just didn’t do the things that we need to do to win. ¬†You can’t turn the ball over like we turned it over, you can’t give them short fields and have opportunities in the pass game and the run game and make more yards than we did. ¬†We just didn’t do anything with it.”

On if he was affected by the rush himself:

“That’s a good question. ¬†I just don’t think you want to stand back there and hold the ball when you know they’re bearing down, so you just try to pick guys out and make the throws. ¬†But there’s times where you probably look at the film and you have more time than you think and that’s part of playing football. ¬†There’s things that I have to do a lot better job, using my instincts to help our team move the ball and score points.”

On if he can talk about his calf:

“It’s good. ¬†Thanks for asking.”

On the fact they took away Julian Edelman in the second half:

“They took away everybody in the second half. ¬†Truthfully, I mean we didn’t really make any yards in the second half. ¬†There wasn’t one guy that we, anybody we threw the ball to, we didn’t do anything. We didn’t run it, we didn’t throw it, I think that was, not just to Julian, that was to every player. ¬†We couldn’t produce any yards.”

“I never back down from any challenge” – Darrelle Revis. (USA TODAY Images)

Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis spoke to the media last Friday, and posted a video of his interview with reporters. ¬†Here’s a transcript of what he had to say for anyone who hasn’t seen/heard it:


“You know, it feels great. ¬†I’m just taking my time, taking it one day at a time, and just working. ¬†That’s basically it.”


“No. ¬†No. ¬†This is a new adventure for me and I’m just happy to be a part of the Patriots organization. ¬†I’ve known them from playing in New York for six years and it’s good man. ¬†This is something in my journey and like I said, I’m just happy to be here.


“From inside out, it’s totally different. ¬†There’s things that you didn’t expect, how this organization is run from top to bottom. ¬†You’ve got to crown your hat off ¬†to Mr. Kraft for how this organization operates. ¬†They’re going to be a winning organization and I’m happy those guys gave¬†me an opportunity to come in here and be a part of it.”


“One, is to get in shape. ¬†Also, is to, you know, learn the defense. ¬†It’s different terminology, the program is run differently and I’m just trying to adjust to coach Belichick’s program. ¬†You’ve got to take step back. ¬†That’s all I’m trying to do is learn and enjoy it as much as I can and just try to get better.”


“It’s always a defensive¬†and offensive competition going on and I think both sides, I think what we’re really trying to do is just get better at the end of the day. ¬†You know, it’s good to have the same jersey on as Tom and everybody else on this team from just the past and being across the sideline from each other. ¬†Like I said, it’s an offensive and defensive type of thing and it’s competition but at the same time, we’re just all trying to get better here.”


“It could take a while. ¬†You just…as of right now we’re in OTA’s and this is the time where we can glue together, not just as a secondary, but also as a defense and also as a team as well. ¬†We’re all in this together and everybody’s working hard, and that’s what we’re all trying to do. ¬†Trying to get prepared for the season and use these OTA’s as something for us to build towards the season.”


“I love competition. ¬†I think that’s why we play this game is to compete every Sunday and to go out there and execute your job and try to win games. ¬†Like I said, I love competition and I never back down from any challenge. ¬†It’s just going out there and competing and doing your job and help your team win.”


“As of right now, I don’t know. ¬†Like I said, I’m just trying to take this time to get to know the guys and for them to know me as well. ¬†I’m not trying to come in here and step on anybody’s toes. ¬†I’m just trying to come in here and learn as much as I can and improve and get this defensive scheme down and just keep on working.”


“I don’t know man, I’m too busy with having so much stuff on my plate. ¬†You’ve got¬†to speak to Brandon about that. ¬†Because I’ve been trying to focus on what I need to focus on and just trying to worry about the things I can control.”


“It’s fine. You know,¬†it’s great.”


“Like I said, I’m not trying to come in here and step on anybody’s toes. ¬†You’ve got to take a step back. There are guys who have been here for many years. ¬†Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan is a very smart guy. ¬†So you know, they’ve been in this system a little bit so I’m just trying to sit back and get feedback from those guys and go from there.”


“I mean, there’s conversations all the time. ¬†We see each other every day. ¬†We’re at work, there’s always talks about the issue of if I have any questions, I know I can go to those guys ¬†and ask them.”


“Every defense has their kinks and they do things differently and have different schemes. ¬†Right now, for me, this is my third team and I’m just trying to observe everything right now and just trying to take a step back and learn everything I can to get prepared¬†for the season.”


“Like I said, I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate. ¬†The coaches are evaluating guys every day. ¬†That’s really not for me to sit here and really talk about, because I’ve got too much stuff on my plate and the things I’m trying to worry about every day.”


“Well, you can’t put a prediction on it right now. ¬†We’re right in the beginning stages. ¬†We just finished up our third practice and we’ve still got a lot of work to do. ¬†The good¬†thing about it is we still have time to get better and that’s what we’re just trying to focus on. ¬†Just trying to get better every day. ¬†When the preseason comes and all of that, when the season comes, I think we’ll be ready to go.”


“Yeah, I’m being my own guy. ¬†I’m going to be me. ¬†That’s all I can say. ¬†I think coach Belichick lets guys be who they are, and that’s fine. I’m going to be myself and just go with the flow.”


“Well, you know, last year, it was a tough year – when I played in Tampa Bay – it was tough, coming off the ACL and everything. ¬†So it was a long year for me personally, just trying to recover. ¬†So now I’m ready to go and like I said, I’m just trying to sit here and absorb everything in and just trying to enjoy my time and get ready for the season.”


“No, it’s not. ¬†That’s in the past man. ¬†Like I said man, I’m on my career and my journey and right now I’m a New England Patriot, and that’s that. ¬†I’m trying to do the best I can to get better as a player but also¬†help this team win.”

Tom Brady’s Post Game Press Conference Transcript

Here’s what quarterback Tom Brady had to say after the Patriots AFC Championship loss  to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

On how difficult the Denver Broncos were today:

“They’re a good football team and they played really well today.  We just couldn’t make enough plays, certainly early.  Just didn’t do enough on third down to stay on the field and score points and move the ball and got in the hole there and it was just too tough to dig our way out.”

On if he felt there were some plays to be made early on:

“Yeah, we definitely had some chances on third down, had a chance to Julian [Edelman] down the field that I wish I’d have made that, that certainly would have helped.  You know, it’s just a tough day for our team and we fought hard, we just came up short to a pretty good team.”

On what happened on the throw to Edelman and then to Austin Collie at the end of the second half:

“I just overthrew them.”

On if it gets harder as he gets older:

“To lose?”

(Inaudible – sounded like “to play great in this spotlight”)

“I think anytime it’s pretty tough.  It’s tough to get to this point, two weeks from now there’s only one team that’s going to win that game and that’s a tough one to win.  Anytime you come up short of what you’re trying to accomplish, it’s not a great feeling.  But I’m proud of our team and the way we fought.  We’ve got a lot to be proud of and we’ll be back at it next year.”

On if this was a more emotional loss for him:

“They’ve all been tough at the end of the year.  I’ve had some losses in the Super Bowl, which have been really tough.  Last year’s loss in the Championship game was tough.  This year was pretty tough.  Losing is not easy, but I give them a lot of credit because they played really well.  They made a lot of plays offensively and defensively.  They’ve got a good football team.  They’re going to be tough to beat in a couple weeks.”

On what they did to take away the running game:

“Yeah, we didn’t do much of anything early in the game, running it or passing it.   We just couldn’t get a lot of…it was hard because we didn’t complete the third downs so then it was hard to really get into the run game.  We had two three and outs to start the game so it’s hard to be productive when you’re not making third downs.  Third down conversions early weren’t good, and we just didn’t make enough plays.”

On if it was a helpless feeling at the end watching the Broncos run the clock out:

“Well, they’re pretty good.  I mean, they’ve got  a good offense and they’ve done that all season.  Once they get the ball, they’ve got a lot of guys they can throw the ball to and a lot of those guys made plays today.  I give them a lot of credit.  They made a lot more plays than we did.”

On his thoughts on the way Peyton Manning kept the defense off balance:

“They played great.  They’ve got a very good offense, probably the best offense in NFL history, and they certainly played very well today.”

On as Manning was making those drives if he was thinking his margin for error was decreasing:

“Well, when you play good teams, I think the margin of error’s pretty slim all day.  We dug ourselves a pretty good hole there and I don’t know if it was 20-3 or 23-3, we just couldn’t do enough.  So, they’ve got a good team and they made a lot of plays, and like I said, I give them a lot of credit.”

On if when he looks back if he’ll put this one on himself more than the others:

“I mean anytime we lose there’s things I can do better, so certainly there’s things I wish I could have done better today to help us win.”

On with all the guys going down if he’s surprised his team was able to make it this far and how proud he is of this football team:

“Yeah, I think this team is a very resilient, tough, hard-nosed team.  We just got beat today by a team that played really well, by a good football team that plays really well at home, and we’ve got a good team.  We just didn’t play well enough today.   Only one team gets to advance.  That’s the NFL playoffs.”

On how much losing Aqib Talib hurt them since as  quarterback that’s an area he would be expected to attack that spot:

“He’s been a great player for us, so it’s disappointing to not have him out there.  But that’s what happens sometimes in football games.  You’ve got to find ways to bounce back and our guys fought hard.  We just didn’t make enough plays to win.”

On how good Peyton Manning was today:

“I mean, he played great.  They played great.  They played great as a team. They’ve got a lot of good players and he certainly is one of the greatest players to ever play.  He had a very good day and their defense played good, we just didn’t get enough pressure on that team to…we were playing from behind all day.”

On how much the crowd noise affected their rhythm on offense:

“I thought we handled it pretty well, so I wouldn’t say that played a big factor.  I’d say more of our lack of execution, certainly on third down the early part of the game was a big factor in us not being able to sustain drives and really get a handle on our running game and certainly move the ball to score enough points.”

On the fact he has said in the past he feels like he’s on a treadmill that just stops when these losses happen and if he feels he’s got a finite opportunity with his career, coach Belichick, and what the motivation is every year to come back and to get to this level and get past this level:

“Well, it’s the same way it’s always been.  Certainly for the New England Patriots , it’s to win.  It’s to win every time you take the field.  We did a decent job to get ourselves to this position and like I said, there’s two good teams that were playing and only one gets to advance and it’s the team that played better today.  They played good, they’ve got a lot of good players.  I thought they made plays offensively and defensively that really helped them win.  Certainly, I wish I could have done more to help us, maybe something could have been different.”

On the fact Julian Edelman was very emotional in the locker room and what he learned about him this season:

“He had a great year.  I’m so proud of him and everything he’s accomplished.  I couldn’t be happier for him and what he’s accomplished personally, but certainly his selflessness and helping the team and he just had a great season.”

On what happened in the fourth quarter when they finally got things going:

“We were executing a little bit better. Just found some spots and made the throws and catches.  We found a little space in there and made some plays.  I just wish we could have done it for four quarters.”

On his touchdown run and what he saw:

“They dropped off into coverage and I found a little space.  That doesn’t happen too often where I run them in.  It just wasn’t enough.”

On what he and Peyton talked about after the game:

“I just wished him luck.  I have a lot of respect for him.  He’s a great player and competitor, and certainly he’s a great player and he played great today.”


“I thought our offensive line played really good.  They pass protected really well, gave us some spots in the run game.  They fought really hard and played hard, we just couldn’t do enough there, like I said, early in the game to get points on the board and make it competitive and it got away from us a little bit.  We tried to fight back, but it was too big of a hole.”

On the pressure the Broncos were able to put on them on third down:

“They got a little bit of pressure, but I thought we handled it.   The one play they got the sack it was a good rush.  He’s a good player, we just couldn’t quite get out of the way of him.”

Bill Belichick’s Post Game Press Conference Transcript

Here’s what Bill Belichick had to say following Sunday’s AFC Championship loss to the Broncos:


“Alright, well, it’s always a tough way for the season to end like that. But you’ve got to give Denver a lot of credit today. Cox [John] Fox, his staff, and obviously his players, they did a good job – did a better job than we did. I thought we played hard, thought we were ready to go, we just didn’t make enough plays, didn’t do things quite well enough and Denver did them better than we did today and that’s why they deserved to win and they move on. So congratulations to them. I’m proud of our football team, proud of everything we did this year. We’ve got a lot of guys in that locker room that really played hard, played well, gave everything they had all season long, and I’m proud to be their coach. I just wish it could have ended a little bit better for us today. But again, give Denver credit, they did a good job.”

On his impressions of the pick play on Talib:

“As it turned out it was a key play in the game. So I’ll take a look at it on the replay. But that was a key play in the game.”

(Inaudible – A follow up question on the play)

“I told you, I have to take a look at it on film. But it was a key play in the game.”

On how it changed what they needed to do on defense:

“It was a key play in the game. Obviously, he’s a key player for us.”

On if he fought to come back in the game:

“Yeah, of course. There’s no more competitive guy in that locker room than Aqib Talib.”

On the fourth and three play and if that was a key play:

“There were a lot of key plays, yeah, sure. Yeah.”

On if he was surprised they couldn’t run the ball as well this week:

“You know, the idea is to score points and we just didn’t score enough points. Obviously they did some things to try to take that away, that wasn’t unexpected. We just weren’t able to score enough points, and we gave up too many. It’s as simple as that.”

On if his offense was too one-dimensional today:

“Well, we need to score more points.”

On if the problems were because of the absence of a running game:

“I didn’t say that. We need to score more points.”

On their problems defensively on third down:

“We didn’t do a good enough job.  We were able to hold them to some field goals defensively, but our third down defense and our third down offense, especially in the first half, let them get too far ahead.  They were able to stay on the field, had the ball, had field position, and even the couple of times we held them to field goals we still didn’t have possession of the ball, didn’t have a chance to do much, we were just trying to keep them out of the end zone and I mean, that’s O.K., but it would be a lot better if we could stop them on third down and get the ball back.  We just weren’t able to do that and then conversely, we weren’t able to do it offensively.”

On the two point conversion:

“That would have changed the game quite a bit.  We obviously didn’t do a good job on that play either.   I had some opportunities that had we done a little bit better with them, would have put ourselves in better position.  But that would have certainly changed the strategy if it had been an eight point game instead of a 10 point game.”

On how tough it was getting to Peyton Manning:

“They did good job.  They did a good job mixing the plays and as always he did an excellent job of reading the defenses and he got us in some situations that were less than ideal with his astute play-calling and recognition.  We disguised and I think we got him a few times, but he certainly got us a few times too and they’ve got a lot of good players, tough team to match up against with all the good skill players they have, backs, tight ends, receivers, so obviously a good football team.  Good offensive system, good quarterback.”

On if he can allow himself to reflect on this season:

“Not right now.  No, not right now.”

On if he had a lot of words for [Denver coach] John Fox after the game:

“Yeah, I talked to John after the game, sure did.  John’s a good friend, have a lot of respect for John.  He’s been a great coach back to the days when he was a coordinator at the Giants, and Carolina, out here, he does a good job.  I respect him.  I’ve got a lot of respect for John and their entire football team.  Absolutely.  Wish him well.”

On if he was surprised that Tom Brady wasn’t as accurate as he normally is:

“I mean again, the bottom line was, they just did a better job than we did.  That’s really the bottom line.  I don’t think it’s about any one player or any one play, there were a lot of opportunities in the game that had we been able to coach better, execute better, in any of those areas it would have given us a better chance.  But we were up against another good football team and they were better than we were today.  So give them credit for what they did.  They did a good job.”

On how he feels about the hit on Talib:

“I’ve already answered that question.”


“No problem.”

On what he said to the team after the game:

“I’ll keep that between me and the team.  But what I said here is the way I feel.  I wouldn’t take back anything that I’ve said.  I’m proud of the team, proud to be their coach.  Thought they played hard all year, played competitively every single week.  Some weeks we played better than others but there was never a lack of effort or toughness or everybody trying to do their best, and I totally respect the team for that and what they did.  I’m proud to be their coach.   So that’s how I feel about it.”

On people saying this is his best coaching performance and the fact they made it this far with all the guys that got hurt:

“I don’t really think about that, I just think about this game.  Trying to come out here and win this game, and win the AFC Championship.  That’s really the only thing that’s in my mind.  All the rest of it’s a bunch of hot air.”

On how much he’ll think about this game before he puts it behind him:

“I don’t know, that’s a good question.  Unfortunately we’ve been here before.  We’ve won AFC Championship games and we’ve lost them, so we’ll move on, we have to.  We’re behind a lot of the other teams in the league, all except one in the AFC actually in terms of the offseason, so we’ve got  little bit of catching up to do.  But starting tomorrow we’re on to 2014.”

On if he’s ever coached a mentally tougher team than this one:

“They were very much that, physically and mentally tough.  I don’t know about ranking them and all that because of the different make-ups of the team and the players and so forth.  But this team worked hard from the first day of OTA’s, from the offseason program, through the OTA’s, minicamp, training camp, regular season, playoffs, they worked hard daily, all day long and I think they improved quite a bit during the year.  That’s how you do improve.  You take the instruction that you’re given, you work hard on it, and you have positive results.  You build on those, correct your mistakes, build on your positive results, and keep going.  I think as a team they’ve done that and individually that’s been kind of the trademark of the players on this team.  Taking corrections, working hard, moving on, trying to get better, not getting caught up in what happened in the past but just trying to do a better job the next time out.  I think that improvement served us well all year.  I wish we could have done a little bit better job today.  Especially me.”

On if there was any specific area he wishes he could have done better:

“Anytime you lose a game like this, there’s definitely things you don’t feel great about.  There’s a lot of things I don’t feel great about.  That shouldn’t come as any big surprise.  But, it’s in the books, can’t do anything about it except look back on it, learn from it, and move on.  Certainly some calls, some plays we’d like to have back, I’m sure everybody who competed in the game would like to have something back.  It’s tough when your season ends.  Just suddenly, but that’s the way it is, we know that’s the situation in the playoffs. One team moves on, one team doesn’t.  Comes to a sudden stop.  But again, I’ll say this, whatever mistakes were made in that game by me and everybody else, I think were all made with the intention of doing what was best.  Not everything worked out best, but it was done with the intention of doing what was best and trying our best to make it work.  Didn’t always work, but the effort and intent to do the right thing, I definitely feel like that was there and it’s been there all year.”

On the fact it seems like he’s taking a lot of heat himself and if he himself feels like he made a lot of mistakes:

“I don’t think anybody in that locker room feels good right now and we probably shouldn’t, and I feel the same way.  You lose a game like that you certainly think there’s things you could have done better.  I can’t imagine not feeling that way.”

Tom Brady Post Game Press Conference Transcript

On what Charles Barkley had to say after the game:

I’ve known him for a while, so it was good to see him. I’m glad he came and brought us some good luck. It was a great win, it was great to be a part of a team win like that. Everybody contributed and the games only get bigger. ¬†So it will be a fun week to get ready. You don’t take it for granted and try to go play our best game next week.”

On if he¬†ever thought he’d be in a game where they had six rushing touchdowns:

“That was amazing. I mean we keep handing it off and those guys just run so hard and they do such a great job running and finding the holes, finding where they can just slice through there and gain as many yards as they can. So it was pretty cool.”

On what he thought about stepping into the role of a holder tonight:

“It’s been a while since I’ve done that. I was happy to help the team. Maybe I’ll try to renegotiate my contract or something for doing more work or something.”

On when was the last time he held was: 

“I think it was when I played in the Orange Bowl 14, 15 years ago. I don’t even do it in practice. They said, ‚ÄėGet in there and do it,’ and I said, ‚ÄėWhat do I say?’ So we figured it out.”

On how it felt to be a game manager:

“It was good. We keep playing like that, the way our defense is getting the ball for us, and really what we’ve done the last three or four weeks, the running game has just been awesome. It’s helped everything out. And it does, it makes it easy when you hand it off and it goes 70 yards for a touchdown. That’s a great feeling and great way to score. Hopefully we keep doing it. Hopefully we can do it next week too.”

On his thoughts on the defense with all the players lost to IR and the way they stepped up today:

“Yeah they got some great turnovers and certainly the one early in the game set the tone for us. Alfonzo [Dennard] made a great play. And yeah, we’ve lost a lot of players. I think a lot of guys have gained some experience over the year. So we’re trying to play our best football and today was a decent job.”

On if he had  a chance to see some of the throws Andrew Luck was making out there and his thoughts:

“Sure, yeah. I mean, he played great. He threw the ball great. He moves, he runs, he’s strong, he’s got a great arm, obviously the team believes in him. So I though he played really well.”

On the 53-yard throw to Amendola and what he saw along with how play-action contributed there:

“Yeah, it was a pretty hard-sell run that we ran there. Because we were running the ball so good, maybe that got a little reaction and Danny got behind him. It was good to kind of come out of the 10-yard line, they had kicked us back there. We returned it to, I don’t know, the 11-yard line or something. ¬†So to really get out of our own shadow of our goalposts and get into their territory was a good play.”

On if play-action is working better recently because of how well they’re running the ball:

“It’s hard to…I don’t know. ¬†I’ll have to really see it and think about it. We could be certainly more productive in the passing game, so we’ll try to be.”

On his thoughts on the commitment to the running game, particularly when they’ve been ahead the last half of the season:

“It’s really been a strength of ours all season ‚Äď the way our running backs have played and the way our offensive line performs. It’s hard. ¬†You get in these conditions and like we did against Buffalo where the elements played a part and tonight when they played a little bit of a part, but to have that running game be as efficient as we’ve been to get big play after big play has been great.”

On how big of a part the weather conditions played in the game:

“They weren’t bad. Nothing like Buffalo, so it was pretty mild today.”

On his thoughts about advancing to the AFC Championship game again and how hard it is to get there:

“Yeah, it’s just a great achievement for our team. There’s going to be only going to be four teams standing after tomorrow. I know people have counted us out at times during this year but I think we’ve got a locker room full of believers, so hopefully we can go out and play our best next week.”

Bill Belichick Postgame Press Conference Transcript

Here’s the full transcript from Belichick’s press conference after the game:

Opening Statement:

Well, I thought it was a great job by all our players tonight. I thought they really did a terrific job. We had a good week of preparation. Everybody was ready to go. We got some big plays from all three phases of the game. Got off to a good start, we were able to play from ahead. Just had a lot of big plays there at the end of the third, fourth quarter. Just got to give credit to everybody, offensive line, offense, backs, receivers, quarterback, tight ends, special teams, really did a nice job. Defensively, turned the ball over, did a decent job in the running game, competed against their receivers. I’m really proud of our football team and I’m looking forward to moving on to a bigger game next week. But it was a good win for us and I thought those guys really did a good job.

On if the plan early on was to run the ball:

“The plan is to always move the ball and score points. Whatever is the best way to do that, that’s what we’re going to do. We had some success and we stayed with it, and we also had some success throwing the ball. I thought we had some balance there, production in both areas. Did a good job on third down, at times, I mean not all of them, but there were enough of them. We had to be able to make some big plays. We had the big play on a play-action pass to Danny [Amendola], that was a big play for us coming off of some of the run action.”

On the fact Stephen Gostkowski had some big punts after Ryan Allen got hurt:

“Yeah, he sure he did. Stephen, he punts in practice and he’s done that before. I thought that was a great job. Brady holding, Gostkowski punting, that’s kind of playoff football. Things like that happen. Guys get called on to do something maybe they haven’t done all year or haven’t done in several years, and come through at a big time, so that was a great job by Steve, no question.”

On how much of tonight was just a continuation of the way LeGarrette Blount has run the ball the last three weeks:

“He’s run that way all year. He ran that way in the Atlanta game, and the offensive line does a good job of blocking. So if they can get him some holes and some space, he can run well. I thought Stevan [Ridley] ran well too. That was a big run Stevan had there on that third and goal on the three or whatever it was. They did a good job of punching it in the end zone, then getting in on the two point play. So Shane [Vereen], we got good production from all our backs. James Develin did an excellent job as a lead blocker.”

Talking about some of the big plays given up:

“Well, obviously we had the two bad plays there.  They hit the over route to [T.Y.] Hilton and then hit the post on a double seam.  So, now look, they’ve got a good quarterback, they’ve got some good receivers, I mean we’ve seen what they’ve been able to do offensively.  We’re battling in there with them every play, they made some plays, we made some too. I thought our linebackers really did a good job.  Getting interceptions from Jamie [Collins] and [Dont'a Hightower], that was big for us.  As well as two by [Alfonzo Dennard].  Turning the ball over, that was huge.”

On whether this was the type of performance he envisioned when he drafted Collins:

“Jamie’s been playing well for us, been playing well for us all year.  His role in the kicking game has been solid and he’s played more and more for us defensively. But he’s played well all year.”

On what he saw from him in particular defensively:

“I’d have to go back and watch the film, but he showed up on several plays.  But he’s showed up for us all year.  He’s a good football player.”

On if he’s put more on Collins’ plate over the last few weeks and rushing the passer more:

“I’d have to look more carefully, but he’s been rushing.”

On if he had any information on Ryan Allen’s Injury:

“No, we just got in off the field.  I mean, he wasn’t able to come back, so we’ll take a look at it tomorrow and see where he’s at.  I don’t know.”

On Tom Brady holding after Ryan Allen went out and the fact he hasn’t done it in quite a while:

“It’s been a little while…it’s been a little while.  But again, we saw Tom punt last week, or two weeks ago, whatever it was.  I mean, we do those things.  Look, it’s that time of year and we all know we’ve only got 46 active guys.  So everybody has to back up somebody and you just never know how those are going to come out.  Have to have everybody ready, and they were.  They did a good job.  They were called on unexpectedly and they did a good job.”

On the interception to start things off in the first quarter:

“On third down it looked like they were running a double slant route there with Hilton in the slot and Zo [Alfonzo Dennard] got a good jam on him,  made a good play on the ball, undercut it, was physical at the line.  Zo’s done a good job for us.  Wasn’t able to play here for a couple weeks, he’s kind of been in and out of the line-up a little bit for the last, maybe, six weeks or so.  But he’s had a real good two weeks of practice and obviously did a good job today.”

On after seeing LeGarrette Blount score four touchdowns if he was more surpised by his power or his speed:

“You know, I think he’s got a good set of skills to run the ball.  He’s got that combination of size, power, and quickness and speed.  He’s not a fullback…he’s not a fullback, he’s more than that.  He’s not a scat back either, he’s got power.  He can run hard, he can make guys miss, and he can go the distance.  He’s made some big runs for us.  Again, going back to the Atlanta game, we’ve seen it in the last couple weeks, kickoff returns, he’s an explosive player.”

On the fact they didn’t get many big plays running the ball early in the third quarter but eventually were able to, and if it was just a matter of sticking with it:

“Yeah, making some adjustments.  I mean, yeah, that’s exactly what it is.  It’s ticking with it.  We ran some of the same plays and we executed them better.  LeGarrette made a good play, it was maybe I don’t know, like a 5, 6 or 8 yard run and then broke a tackle there in the secondary and then turned it into, I don’t know however far it was, sixty or, I don’t know, whatever.  So I mean, if you can get the guy through the line of scrimmage and then break a tackle or make a guy miss, then that’s where you get the long ones.  Good backs do that. They make some of those yards on their own, it’s up to the line and the backs and the tight ends to get them started, get them some space, and then let them do their thing.”

On if it’s hard for the offensive coordinator to stick with it:

“Josh did a great job.  I mean, Josh called a great game.  I thought that he mixed the play-action passes in there with the runs and made them play both.  We had a good third down plan, we had some key third down conversions.  But certainly, the pass to [Danny] Amendola came off the run action, that was a big play for us.  It was certainly set up by some of our runs and run actions.”

On having Charles Barkley and if he could share how that came about and what his role here was:

“I just found out he was going to be here this afternoon.  But I go way back with Charles, back when I was in Cleveland and he’d come in and play the Cavaliers and all that.  Love Charles.  Great guy, great competitor.  It’s just unbelievable to me that at 6’4″ he led the NBA in rebounding.  I mean, it’s unbelievable. But that’s what kind of competitor, what kind of player he is.  But he’s a great guy and it was good to have him here.  I’m a big fan of his.”

On what he expects his punter to do when the snap goes over his head:

“Yeah, you know I think Ryan probably wasn’t sure how close they were to him and then when he turned around they were right on top of him.  Obviously if he had known they were there, then he would have just been better off just taking the safety, which is where it ended up anyway.  I think he was probably trying to pick up the ball, see if he had a chance to do something with it.  But obviously it was a poorly executed play on our part.”

On after seeing Jamie Collins’ versatility in college how it made him want to integrate him into his system:

“First of all, he’s worked very hard.  He’s been very dependable and durable.  He hasn’t missed, you know, anything all year.  He started out playing…not started out but he’s playing outside linebacker in regular, he plays off the line in some regular, he plays nickel linebacker, and you saw today he’s out there on a split out tight end covering them on fade patterns.  And he’s blitzing up the middle and he’s making tackles in line, I think he’s pretty comfortable wherever he is, whether he’s out in space, or covering a guy 20-yards down field, or one-on-one coverage with no help or whether he’s in line,  taking on blockers or blitzing, or covering tight ends from in close.  He’s a very versatile athlete that’s smart, works hard, really has a great team attitude and I love having him on our team.  He brings a lot, doesn’t want to come off the field.  I mean even when he’s playing defense, he wants to be out there in the kicking game, he’s got good stamina.  He’s very athletic, and tough.”

On if he likes playing the type of physical brand of football that we’ve seen the last month:

“Well, you know, we like to win.  So whatever we need to do to win really is good with me.  Win running, win throwing, win shutting them out, win outscoring them, win in the kicking game, I mean whatever it takes.  Just got to find a way to do it this time of year.  Every team we play is good, every game is bigger than the next.  So we’ve just got to find some way to come out on top next week, I mean that’s really all it is.”

On if he’s done more in terms of their preparation to improve their running game as the season went on:

“I wouldn’t say so, I really wouldn’t.  There’s only so much you can do, there’s only so many plays you  can run.  We’re not going to go into the game with 35 running plays, I mean we couldn’t get them all called.   We have our core plays that we’re going to run in that game and sometimes we see something in a game and we say we need to have another play in there so we talk about it on the sideline and maybe put in during the game if they’re playing a formation a certain way to be able to balance it off or hit a weakness or something like that.  But for the most part we go in with the game plan that we go in with and we stick with it.  Dante [Scharnecchia] and Josh [McDaniels], Ivan [Fears], those guys have done a great job, George Godsey,  those do a great job with the running game of  being able to coach it and organize it and then make some of the adjustments that we need to make during the game.”

On if one of the reasons they see improvement later in the year is because they need to get the game reps because of the limits with contact in practice:

“Well, I’m sure that helps.   When you have 40 plays of, I don’t want to say 9-on-7, but 9-on-7, you’re just knocking it out there in the running game in the games, you can’t get any better quality reps than that.  We’ve gotten a  lot of consistency with our line, I mean those guys have…Josh was in there the one week and Logan [Mankins] bumped out to tackle.  Those guys have been playing a lot of football together with Hooman [Michael Hoomanawanui], with [Matt] Mulligan, with [James] Develin, and so the consistency and the continuity that they’ve developed from week-to-week has, I think that’s also been a part of it too.  the more comfortable you get playing with your teammates and seeing things, linebackers scraping and ends stunting, and tackles, those kinds of things, you eventually handle them better with more reps.  We’ve definitely been fortunate to get that.  We’ve been able to call a lot of runs in the past month.”

Tom Brady’s Post Game Press Conference Transcript

On Tom Brady wrapping up his 14th regular season:

“Fourteen, is that all?”

On what he was telling LeGarrette Blount when his arm was wrapped around him and the game was winding down:

“We were pretty excited.  That was a great performance by him, by the offensive line, it was just an amazing day.”

On the fact he’s handed the ball off to a lot of different players over the years and what his style is like:

“Well, he’s big and when he gets going downhill, he’s a big guy, bigger than anybody that’s trying to tackle him.  He can just put his head into the pile and our offensive line knows that that if they’ve got a hat on a hat, that we’re going to make some yards, so he did that today.  [Stevan Ridley], had a great game, I thought, too, Shane [Vereen] contributed, the backs were huge, the receivers really contributed, the line played great, defense played great, special teams, Steve [Gostkowski] kicked the ball great, pretty amazing day.”

On his punt on third and a mile:

“Yeah, it wasn’t a very good one.”

It was a 32-yard punt:

“Yeah, it could have been a lot better.  Leonard’s a punt returner, so he fair-caught it, he made a smart play, but it wasn’t a very good punt.”

On the fact that going into the playoffs he knows his team has the ability to run the ball:

“Yeah, and I think we’ve shown that we can win different ways too.  The weather conditions have been interesting this year, yeah, I’d say, adverse, but we’ve found ways to overcome it.  Today was a great job, to score 34-points in a downpour is pretty good football.  That was a great all-around performance, that’s what we needed.”

On the injuries and having the time now to get themselves fully prepared heading into the playoffs:

“I mean, there’s no games bigger than the ones that we have coming up.  So this is really a week to get a jump on it and prepare for it.  It’s good to advance to the second round of the playoffs.  Who knows who we’re going to play, but we’re going to have to play good.  I think that’s the important thing.”

On the impact Blount has had on the guys in the locker room this year and what he can expect going into this first postseason:

“Well, we have a lot of guys like that on our team who haven’t been to the postseason.  Look, we advanced, it’s great, we put together a great season, but it doesn’t mean much now.  We’re seeded, we’ve got to go out there and play great football, no matter what the conditions are, no matter what team we play, we’re going to have to play a 60-minute game, play good in all three phases, and I think we’ve worked hard to put ourselves in this position.  We’ve earned it, 12-4 is a good record, but we’ll really see what we’re made of here in a c0uple weeks.

On if the conditions were about as bad as he’s played in:

“Yeah, I haven’t played in one like this.   We had the water on the field at the end, it was just puddles, I’ve never seen that on our field before.  But both teams are playing in it so you just deal with it as best you can.  We made some big plays.  I mean, they didn’t turn the ball over at all, they turned it over on downs.  We had the one turnover, the ball was out a few times, so I think we’ve got to do a better job protecting it.  Certainly whatever the conditions are in a few weeks, we’ve got to do a great job, I’m sure it’s going to be cold.

On how much the bye week means to him:

“I mean, if we’re playing, we’re playing, if we’re not, we’re not.  We’ll still figure out a way to get better and try to make improvements and I’m sure there’s a lot we can do better.  We’ve got a long season to evaluate, where we’re at and what we’re doing well. Different guys have contributed at different times.  It’ll be our best stuff come next…whatever it is.”

On what’s going through his mind as he watched Logan Mankins get helped off the field:

“There’s a lot of tough guys.  That’s what it’s all about, that’s what the football season is all about.   Guys playing through injuries and giving everything they’ve got. I mean, there’s nobody tougher than Logan Mankins so you know when he’s getting helped up, you know he’s not feeling good.  But he fought through it and I mean there’s nobody I’ve ever played with that’s as tough as him, he’s right up there.  Matt Light was so tough, [Joe] Andruzzi, but Logan is, I mean Logan’s second to none.”

On how he imparts the urgency of the postseason into his teammates:

“Well, I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t take for granted a practice, or the opportunity to go out and do something that I love with teammates that I love to do it with.  I’m just proud of this team with what we’ve been able to accomplish.  We’ve faced a lot of adversity and a lot of  guys have stepped into some different roles and have been very flexible.   There’s been guys who have really become dependable consistent players for our team.  As you see the strength of our team, our offensive line, and what a great job they did tonight against one of the best defensive lines in the league.  The way they did in the run game was incredible.  That’s a big strength and we’re going to need it here in a couple weeks.”

On the fact that this is what he plays for is right here, right now:

“Yeah, you play hard to put yourself in a position and we’re how now in this position and it’s a good spot to be in.  But we have to go out there and take advantage of it.  Anything can happen if you don’t go out there and give it your best.  We’re going to try and be at our best in a few weeks.”

Bill Belichick’s Post Game Press Conference Transcript


“Well, once again I thought it was a good solid effort by our team.  We got great contributions in all three phases and obviously this was a tremendous game by LeGarrette [Blount], clearly the best player on the field.  He had a tremendous day.  But we got it from everybody here and I thought that Buffalo played hard, like they always do.  They’re a tough football team,  they battled us all the way and fortunately we were just able to make a few more plays and make a few at the right time, get a couple stops, get a couple scores, make a couple plays in the kicking game, some situational football that helped us out there. So we’re excited to be 12-4 moving into the playoffs.  We’ve still got a lot of work to do, I still think we can do things better than what we’re doing, which we’ll need to, whoever we play.  It will be a tough opponent, whoever the next opponent is.  So hopefully we can play our best football when that time comes in a couple weeks.”

On how much the weather conditions dictated their commitment to the running game:

“Yeah, well it was tough out there.  It was tough to throw the ball, tough to catch it.  We saw a bunch of balls on the ground, more so than usual.  So it was definitely a factor, it got worse as the game went along.  But it was definitely a running game.”

On the play of Blount in the kick return game:

“He did a great job running the ball, we did a good job blocking.  Guys in front of him did a good  job blocking, gave him an opportunity to get started.  He’s a guy that if you can get him started he can really make some yards.  No back can run when there’s no blocking.   But he did a great job, so did the guys on the kickoff return team.  We haven’t had a lot of big plays in that area during the year, but over the past few weeks we got a little spark there from Josh and certainly from LeGarrette today, so those was huge for us.”

On their ability to be mentally tough and overcome injuries:

“That’s what we have to do, is go out there every week.  Everybody’s got to deal with something.  I have everybody ready to go and whoever’s called on, if we put them out there, we have confidence in them.  We wouldn’t put them out on the field if we weren’t confident in them.”

On if he feels his team has good momentum heading into the playoffs:

“I don’t think that has anything to do with it.  I think whoever plays good in the playoffs wins, I don’t think momentum has anything to do with it.”

On Julian Edelman’s development:

“I don’t think there’s ever been any question about Julian’s skills, his toughness, or his competitiveness.  You’re right, this is the year he’s been able to stay on the field and certainly his production has parallelled his time on the field.  He’s done a good job with his opportunities.  He always practices hard, plays hard, prepares well, he’s always a tough guy you can count on from that standpoint, and this year he’s been healthy.”

On Brady’s form on his punt:

“Well it was, like third and half a mile.  Leonard made a good play to get back there and get it, but it was a play that we felt like we had good protection on and rather than go through the whole third and long, deal with a punt rush and all that, we were able to get a little cleaner play off there.  But he’s done that for us a couple times in the past.  He’s always ready.”

On the first play of the fourth quarter, if he was committed to the field goal:

“The first play of the fourth quarter?”

When you drew them offsides?

“Yeah.  Well, I mean, they jumped offsides so it was a first  down.  We never even got a chance to kick it.  It wasn’t much of a decision.”

On his decision to switch from Vereen to Blount on the kickoffs:

“No, they’ve all returned them.  Shane has a little more experience back there just overall, ball handling with the conditions and all, but they’ve all done it.”

On Blounts kickoff returns and despite his statements that “momentum” doesn’t matter, how huge those returns were:

“Absolutely, no question.  I mean look, he had a tremendous day.  What the best day of all time for Patriots’ total yardage?  It was a tremendous day.”

On the emotional lift it gave his team:

“He carried the team on his back most of the day.  He had 330-something yards.  I don’t know how much more we had besides that.  So yeah, he did the bulk of it, no question.  I mean, he had some help, but he did a great job.  Tremendous.”

On a personal level when he brings a player and overcomes adversity, and if it’s rewarding as a coach to see a guy come into their program and make that kind of progress:

“He’s made contributions for us all year.  You were at the Atlanta game.  You’ve been at all the games.  He’s contributed for us all year.  I think definitely I insist that this one has to go to our assistant pro personnel director [Aqib] Talib, who I talked to before we traded for LeGarrette.  Everything he’s said about him is absolutely right.  He’s a good football player who loves to play, who works hard, and is a team player, a great guy for the team in the locker room so he’s been all those things.”

On how happy he is for his team that they earned the bye:

“I’m happy for them, they definitely earned it.  You’re right, nobody gave them anything, they had to go out and earn it, win 12 games, and a lot of them were very tough and competitive and came down to the wire.  This team earned it, I’m happy for them them, but at the same time, this isn’t 0ur only goal for the season.  We need to play our best football going forward so we’ll have another big challenge ahead of us in a couple weeks.”

On how important the bye is in increasing their chances of success in the playoffs:

“We’re in the second round of the playoffs now so…yeah.  I mean, we’re in the second round.”

On if he’s surprised that a guy as big as Blount can return kickoffs so well:

“I think he’s got good running skills.  I mean we’ve seen him Steve [WBZ's Steve Burton], he’s not a fullback out there.  He’s got some quickness, got good vision, got excellent elusiveness in the secondary and which is kind of what kickoff returns are.  I think the big thing for him is  judging the ball, handling the ball on those kicks since he doesn’t have a lot of experiencing doing it but he’s worked hard at it and I’d say he’s definitely improved. Everybody’s confident in him.”

On what made him switch to Slater and Blount before Blount made his 80 yard run back:

“I think Slater was back there with him, if I’m not mistaken, with Vereen, but it was just the opening kickoff, the ball handling, the rain, the conditions and all that.  Shane’s got a little more experience doing that.  But we have confidence in both guys.”

On the contributions from Stephen Gostkowski:

“Yeah, well all three of those guys.  I mean, this is about as tough of conditions as you can snap, hold, and kick in.  I thought Ryan [Allen] did a great job of getting the ball down.  Danny [Aiken], of course, snapping it, and Steve kicking it.  I mean, it was, these are not easy kicks and the whole operation, the timing, and just the execution of them.   The balls were up, they were high, they were straight, and Steve did a great job.   So whole operation was good, it was a tough day to kick.  And I thought Ryan punted well too.  We could have obviously had another one down in there inside the five, we missed an opportunity but those guys did a terrific job  given the conditions, it wasn’t an easy day.”

Tom Brady’s Post Game Press Conference Transcript

On how good his fifth straight AFC East title feels:

“That was pretty sweet.  They’re a good team and they play well at home.  We’ve been talking about playing better on the road and we made a bunch of plays, especially on defense and special teams.  We got off to a better start and then the defense just played great.  So it was a great win.”

On the early interception by Logan Ryan and the fact it carried on from there defensively:

“That was great.  You can get a lot of confidence.  Those guys were playing with a lot of confidence tonight.  One good play led to another, they got a fourth down stop, they missed a field goal.  We took advantage of some of opportunities and then made a bunch of big plays there at the end.  So it was pretty sweet.”

On at the end of the game being able to control the clock:

“It was a great job.  The whole offensive line, the running backs, to finish a game like that was pretty cool.  We had the ability to play tough and play downhill in the run game and when our backs get going, reading those cuts like they were tonight, it was pretty tough to stop.”

On if there will be a point when he’ll look back at this year given everything that’s happened and feel like it’s special to be where they are:

“Sure.  I mean, they’re all special.  It’s hard to come by.  This team’s really fought hard all year.  We’ve earned it, eleven wins in the NFL’s not easy and to win a Division Title’s not easy.  The competition’s pretty stiff and we’ve faced some adversity, other teams have faced adversity.  It’s just the way it is in the NFL.   I think the mental toughness is what’s most important.  I think we’ve shown all year that even if we’ve been out of games and down, we’ve fought back and made them close at the end.  We haven’t won them all, but we’ve won enough.”

On if he notices if his team isn’t the favorite going into a place if there’s a little bit of talk about how the other guys are able to stand up to them:

“We know that nobody really picked us to win today, so that was pretty much straight across the board.  I don’t know, Zo [Scott Zolak], did you pick us?”

I had you by two:

“[Laughs], just Zo.  [Turns to another reporter] No he doesn’t? [Laughs]  Count for us Zo.”

On his comments earlier in the year when they were 7-2 talking about how hard it was to win, and they still control everything:

“There’s a lot left.  There’s a lot of football next week.  It’s the biggest game of our season, and typically as the season goes on, the games get bigger because there’s fewer of them and we’ve got one game to play.    That’s all that matters is trying to figure out a way to beat Buffalo and they’re playing well, they won today.  Defensively they’re playing really good.   It’s going to be a big challenge for us and it’s a holiday week so we’ve got to make sure we stay on top of this.  We’ve worked too hard to this point.”

On how proud he is of the overall toughness of this win:

“We’ve shown that we can hang in there.  We’ve been in there with every team that we’ve played this year.  The competition’s tough but we’ve just got to keep, like I said, being mentally tough. And whoever is in there has to be able to be counted on to do their job and I think it showed tonight that guys were capable of whoever was in there did a great job and was capable of doing their job.”

On how big a deal it was for his team to play the way they did as they’re getting ready for the postseason:

“Yeah, that was important.  I think that all three phases of the game really made a bunch of plays.  Offensively, I wish we had done probably a lot of things better than we did than we did tonight, but when we play that way defensively and in the kicking game, we’re going to be tough to beat.  So that was pretty sweet.”

On if he looks into any of the playoff scenarios:

“Well, we have to win this week. So, this week is our whole season.”

On his comments on Peyton Manning setting the touchdown record:

“I didn’t know that, that’s pretty cool.”

On his thoughts on going to see the movie on Friday:

“It was a good experience for our team.  The movie had a good message.”

On if he liked it:

“I thought it was great.  Great movie.”

On the fact it was a hat and T-shirt game:

“It’s in my bag.”

On if the luster of wearing them has worn off:

“Absolutely not.  I’ll be wearing it all week.  That won’t go anywhere.  Hopefully we can keep finding ways to get those hats and T-shirts.  Those games are important and I think we knew that the Dolphins had lost before our game, but it wouldn’t have been as good coming in here without winning and getting a hat and T-shirt.  It was a great win against a very good team on the road.  Just what we needed.”