|Turn Up the Volume — Moss and Maroney Postgame||09.15.09 at 1:39 am ET|
FOXBOROUGH — Randy Moss finished Monday night’s game tying his single-game career high for receptions — he finished with 12 receptions for 141 yards. Moss spoke to the media for the first time this season after the game, and had nothing but praise for his quarterback, admitting he was a little nervous before the game tonight but ready to get back to work next week against the Jets.
•Laurence Maroney and former college teammate Marion Barber go at it every week — they have a weekly bet and the winner is the player who has the better all-around game. After Monday’s game, the Pats running back explained that yards, touchdowns and wins are all factors. After the game Monday night, Maroney was disappointed that he owes Barber another steak dinner because Barber ran for 79 yards and a touchdown this week in the Cowboys win over the Buccaneers, while Maroney finished Monday’s game with 32 rushing yards and nine receiving yards.
•Turn up the volume on your computer and take a listen to the comments by both Randy Moss and Laurence Maroney.
|Patriots locker room postgame reaction 9/14||09.15.09 at 1:38 am ET|
FOXBOROUGH – Thanks to the Patriots P.R. staff, here are some postgame comments from Patriots players following their dramatic win on Monday night.
Benjamin Watson, Tight End
(On what the offense’s mindset was down the stretch)
“Same as it always is. Coach Belichick does a great job of putting us in situations where we’ve been there before and we just operated. We just tried to execute and that’s what we did.”
(On the go-ahead touchdown catch)
“It was just a post, I was just going through the middle, and [Brady] made a great throw. He put it where the defender couldn’t see it, only I had a chance at it. It was a great throw.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Dick Jauron’s postgame Q&A 9/14||09.15.09 at 1:34 am ET|
FOXBOROUGH – Here, thanks to the Patriots media relations staff, are the postgame comments from Buffalo coach Dick Jauron.
DJ: Certainly proud of the way a group of young guys got out there and fought for 60 minutes. It tears my heart out for them, you know, but that’s the way the game is. And you got to finish. You got to finish games in this league, particularly against teams as talented as this team is with the experience that they have. You’ve got to tip your hat to them, but just an awful feeling in that locker room.
Q: Coach, what do you tell such a young team like that when you get into that locker room?
DJ: Just the truth. You know, the truth: they fought hard. I didn’t see anybody – I mean I don’t watch every guy and every play obviously, can’t do that – but I didn’t see anybody out there that didn’t leave it on the field. There were a lot of tired people on that field at the end of the game, a lot of tired people in that locker room. They’ll be alright, you know they’ll be alright, but it’s painful right now. But it will serve us well as we move along. Read the rest of this entry »
|Bill Belichick’s postgame Q&A 9/14||09.15.09 at 1:31 am ET|
FOXBOROUGH – Here, courtesy of the Patriots media relations staff, is what Bill Belichick had to say following Monday night’s win.
BB: Well, that was an exciting game — got that one going. It was a great effort by our team. I’m really proud of the players; not that we played our best, but we hung in there. We kept playing, down by 11 with four or five minutes to go in the game and we came back and made the plays we had to make to win. We certainly don’t want to put ourselves in that position very often. That’s not what we’re trying to do. But whatever it was they dealt with it and made some smart plays at the end. I wish we would have played like that earlier in the game. But give Buffalo credit. That’s a good football team. They played extremely well tonight. My hat’s off to their effort. It really just came down to a few plays at the end of the game and we made them. They were big plays: turnovers, touchdown passes, conversions, you know, all that stuff and we didn’t do it earlier. So that was definitely part of the problem. [We have a] quick turnaround down at the Jets this week — division game on the road. So we’re going to have to get ready here in a hurry, put this one behind us, learn from it, correct some mistakes and get ready to play the Jets. Obviously, they had a big win yesterday against Houston so it looks like they got it rolling pretty good down there. So we’ve got our work cut out for us. Read the rest of this entry »
|Pats make way for their two-minute man||09.15.09 at 1:22 am ET|
FOXBORO — Maybe it was just as simple as the urgency of the situation that helped the Patriots offensive line rise to the occasion Monday night.
Certainly, early on, things were not going very smoothly for Tom Brady. He was being hit, absorbing shots from Chris Kelsay and Kawika Mitchell in the first half. He was being hurried by his nemesis Aaron Schobel, who picked him off in the second quarter and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.
The senior member of the Patriots offensive line, Matt Light, knew even as great a quarterback as Brady is, he needs time to work his magic. He wasn’t getting that time in the first half.
But all of that seemed to change in the second half as the Patriots got the ball with 5:25 left, trailing 24-13.
“We weren’t able to do that early on,” Light said of the offensive line’s attempts to protect. “We have to go into a two-minute mode and it’s the mode you have to go in and everybody’s dialed up and they have their ears pinned back and ready to rock and roll. We were just able to do a good job of moving the ball, getting first downs, sustaining it, utilizing the clock.”
Instead of seven-step drops, Brady utilized nearly all three-step drops, explaining why there were few if any attempts downfield. The Patriots offensive line seemed to get re-energized by the quick pace. Read the rest of this entry »
|Behind Enemy Lines-Buffalo’s postgame locker room||09.15.09 at 12:40 am ET|
FOXBOROUGH — It appeared the Bills were about to pull off a big upset, but a dramatic Patriots comeback spoiled Buffalo’s hopes.
•After the game the locker room was very somber. Donte Whitner couldn’t hold his tears back when talking about the loss. “It’s tough, it’s tough,” he said. “I want to shut everyone up that thinks we’re not a good football team.”
•A crowd of reporters gathered around Terrell Owens’ locker, but Owens had nothing to say. He didn’t respond to the media’s request of a few quick words.
•Head coach Dick Jauron, Trent Edwards and Kawika Mitchell all had some interesting comments to make about the tough loss and the Patriots. Click on the links below to listen to what they had to say.
|Sounds of the game. Patriots 25, Bills 24||09.14.09 at 11:51 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH — When you have Tom Brady at the controls, you feel like the improbable is actually likely. Such was the case on Monday night when Brady led his team back from a 24-13 hole with 5:32 remaining by throwing a pair of touchdowns to Ben Watson in a 25-24 win in the opener at Gillette Stadium.
Here’s a sample of what they said in the locker room.
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