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Kyle Arrington stars in game of his career

10.31.10 at 10:26 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington played the game of his career on Sunday as he drew Randy Moss in coverage and played physical with the star receiver’s return to Foxboro in a 28-18 Patriots win at Gillette Stadium.

“It was Randy Moss. It was either put up or shut up so I think I did a decent enough job today with him so hopefully I can continue to build,” said Arrington, who added the plan was to be very physical with Moss right off the line of scrimmage. “As much as I could, every time the ball was snapped, I tried to be the aggressor. He will lull you to sleep. That was the biggest thing I didn’t want to happen and end up on SportsCenter for the wrong reason.”

Arrington, a second-year corner, was so good in coverage that the Vikings and Brett Favre were only able to target Moss twice. Moss finished with one catch for eight yards.

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Brett Favre: ‘Talk to me in 10 years’

10.31.10 at 9:54 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Brett Favre remembered being hit by Patriots defensive lineman Myron Pryor midway through the fourth quarter. But will he in 10 years? Even Favre admitted after Sunday’s beating at the hands of the Patriots, he doesn’t know.

“Talk to me in 10 years, we may think differently, but then again, we may not,” said Favre, who finished 22-of-32 for 259 yards and an interception.

A reflective Favre spoke for nearly 10 minutes following Sunday’s 28-18 loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. He suffered eight stitches under his chin after taking a hit from Pryor midway through the fourth. He was knocked out of the game, carted off the field and did not return.

Does he remember what happened on the play?

“Yeah, I got hit very hard,” he smiled, hiding the pain from the hit quite well. “Oh yeah. It was sore and bleeding.

Favre said he never lost consciousness despite looking very woozy on the sideline.

“I don’€™t want to make a big deal out of it,” Favre said. “I remember everything, unfortunately. I will be fine.”

He said following the game he has no regrets playing with a broken bone in his left foot, elbow tendinitis and now a bruised jaw.

“Weighing that, from the physical side of it, I really can’t complain. I probably should. I played with a broken foot and got eight stitches in my chin and you all know I’ve been battling[elbow] tendinitis. I thought I threw the ball as well as I have thrown it in quite a while. We ran a couple of bootlegs.”

“I had to come and take a seat at the end of the game, which is rare for me. Going into the tunnel on the cart, I thought to myself for a brief second, ‘What in the world am I doing?’ But there’s nothing like competing but then again there’s nothing worse than losing.”

As for his now 2-5 Vikings teammates, Favre said he hasn’t given up on the playoffs but said he didn’t want to have a “Herman Edwards or Jim Mora moment” after the game. He then added, “I just hope our guys don’t go south.”

Favre did make a point of giving props to his counterpart on Sunday. Tom Brady made like Favre and scrambled around long enough on a third-quarter play to find Brandon Tate for a 65-yard touchdown.

“I thought Tom Brady’€™s play ‘€“ I couldn’€™t help but laugh ‘€“ that was just an awesome play he made,” Favre said in genuine appreciation. “I just figured I’€™d throw that out there. It looked pretty nifty there, but that was a heck of a play. But, you know, what can you say?”

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Randy Moss to Pats at press conference: ‘I love you guys’

10.31.10 at 9:12 pm ET
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FOXBORO – Here is the full transcription of Randy Moss‘ post-game press conference following the 28-18 Patriots win on Sunday. The Vikings wide receiver caught just one pass for eight yards in his return to New England.

Moss: I’m just going to go ahead and say this, I said it a couple of weeks ago: I got fined $25,000 for not talking to you all and me personally, I don’t care. I do answer questions during the week, but for the league to fine me $25,000? I’m not going to answer any questions for the rest of this year; if it’s going to be an interview I’m going to conduct it. From here on out I’m not answering any questions for the rest of the season. Enough said about that — now we get to the game.

Let me hold it down, I haven’t had a chance to talk to the guys, so this is no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization. The captains, [Vince] Wilfork, Tommy Boy, Kevin Faulk, I miss them guys. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play, an up-and-down roller coaster for me all week. Then to be able to come and see these guys, running plays, I know what they’re dong, success they had on the field with the running game. I kind of know what type of feeling is in their locker room and I want to be able to tell they guys that I miss the hell out of them, every last helmet in that locker room. Deion Branch came up to me after the game, I’ve never had the chance to meet Deion Branch but it was a pleasure to meet him. Coach Belichick gave me an opportunity to part of something special and I really take to heart and I salute Coach Belichick and the Patriots for the success they had before me, during me and after me. I’m actually stuck for words.

A lot of memories here. To the New England Patriots fans: That ovation at the end of the game that really felt heartwarming, I think I even shed a tear. Like I said, an emotional roller coaster this whole week. I tried to prepare, tried to tell the players and coaches how this game was going to be played, certain tendencies here and couple of tendencies there but you have six days to prepare for a team knowing the seventh day — Sunday, today — I guess they came over to me and said ‘Dang, Moss you were right about a couple of plays and a couple of schemes they were going to run.’ It hurts as a player, when you put a lot of work in all week and Sunday when you get to the field they don’t acknowledge about the hard work you put in throughout the week. It’s actually a disappointment. I can’t really say enough about this team and this organization.

I thank Miss Kraft — I never got a chance to talk to her after I left — for letting me be part of something special. The New England Patriots have always been a special organization and I’ve always watched it from afar. And when I got drafted by Minnesota I felt obligated to help them win a Super Bowl. This season is still not over. Do I know what next season or the future is going to bring? No I do not. All I know is it’s a lot of work we leave on the field each day. A lot of film study we leave in that room each day. I know how hard these guys work in New England, and the only thing I try to do is take what the best coach in football history has brought upon me and given me about the game of football and I try to sprinkle it off to the guys the best way I know how. I’m going to end this interview; I’m down that we lost this game. I didn’t expect to lose this game knowing that we had a few things we had to clean up. They played a good game; I wish we could have had those three [points] at the end of the half. Maybe it could have been different, maybe not. I don’t know how many more times I’m going to be up here in New England, but I’m going to leave the New England Patriots and Coach Belichick with a salute. I love you guys, I miss you. I’m out.

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Randy Moss on the Patriots: ‘I miss the hell out of them’

10.31.10 at 8:53 pm ET
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FOXBORO – Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss spoke to the media following the 28-18 Patriots win at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Moss, who refused to answer any questions from reporters, talked about his feelings for his former organization.

“It was hard for me to come here and play,” said Moss, who finished with just one catch for eight yards. “It was an up-and-down roller coaster for me all week. Then to be able to come and see these guys, running plays, I know what they’re doing, success they had on the field with the running game. I kind of know what type of feeling is in their locker room and I want to be able to tell those guys that I miss the hell out of them, every last helmet in that locker room … Coach Belichick gave me an opportunity to part of something special and I really take that to heart and I salute Coach Belichick and the Patriots for the success they had before me, during me and after me. I’m actually stuck for words.”

To listen to the full Moss post-game press conference, click here.

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Postgame notes from Patriots-Vikings

10.31.10 at 8:39 pm ET
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Courtesy of the Patriots’ PR staff, here are a few quick postgame notes from Sunday’s Patriots-Vikings game:

PATRIOTS OFF TO A HOT START ONCE AGAIN
The Patriots have started the season with at least six wins in their first seven games for the fifth time in team history and the fourth time under head coach Bill Belichick after improving to a 6-1 record with the win over the Vikings. The Patriots started the season 6-1 in 1974, 1980, 2004 and 2006. In 2007, New England started the season 7-0. The Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers are the only NFL teams with just one loss this season (Pittsburgh is 5-1 going into its game at New Orleans tonight).

PATRIOTS ARE GOOD AGAINST THE NFC, ESPECIALLY AT HOME
The Patriots have now won 16 straight games at Gillette Stadium against NFC opponents. The only time in Gillette Stadium history that the Patriots lost to an NFC team was in the very first game against an NFC opponent at the new stadium in 2002 when the visiting Green Bay Packers beat the Patriots, 28-10, on Oct. 13.

BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS SCORES TWO TDs, REACHES END ZONE IN 5TH STRAIGHT GAME
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored two touchdowns, finding paydirt on a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. Today’€™s game was the first multiple-touchdown game of Green-Ellis’€™s career. He leads the team with a career-high six touchdowns in 2010 and has 11 career touchdowns. Today’€™s game was his fifth consecutive game with a rushing touchdown. He had a stretch of four straight games with a rushing touchdown as a rookie in 2008. The Patriots record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown is seven by Curtis Martin in 1996. Green-Ellis is the first Patriots player to have two or more rushing touchdowns in a game since Laurence Maroney had a pair of rushing scores at New Orleans on Nov. 30, 2009.

GREEN-ELLIS HITS CAREER-HIGH YARDAGE TOTAL
BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a career-high 112 rushing yards on 17 carries (6.6-yard avg.). Today’€™s game was the second 100-yard rushing game of Green-Ellis’€™s career, joining his 105-yard effort (on 26 carries) against Buffalo on Nov. 9, 2008. Green-Ellis was the first Patriots player to break the 100-yard rushing plateau since Oct. 18, 2009, when Laurence Maroney had 123 yards on 16 carries in the Patriots’€™ 59-0 win over Tennessee. Green-Ellis’€™s yardage total against Minnesota today included 62 yards on seven carries on the Patriots’€™ final fourth quarter touchdown drive that extended a 3-point lead to a 10-point cushion late in the fourth quarter.
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Tavaris Jackson had feeling he was starting over Brett Favre

10.31.10 at 8:29 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Speaking after the Patriots’ 28-18 win over the Vikings Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, Minnesota backup quarterback Tavaris Jackson admitted that he had the feeling he was going to get the start with Brett Favre still nursing a left ankle injury.

“I had my feeling, but I’m not always right. I think I am,” said Jackson, who later confirmed his “feeling” was that he would be starting. “It was a situation where it could go either way and the guy that he is, there aren’t too many guys coming out of  that boot and playing on Sunday with the same injury that Brett has.”

Jackson — who did get a chance to play when Favre was driven from the game with a 10-stitch laceration on his chin in the fourth quarter — said he didn’t find out Favre was going to start until Sunday. Favre finished his outing going 22-of-32 for 259 yards, throwing one interception. Jackson came on to complete four of his six tosses, including a one-yard touchdown pass to Naufahu Tafi (which was followed by a two-point conversion pass to Percy Harvin).

“Really tip-off,” said Jackson when asked when he discovered Favre would stretch his streak of consecutive starts to 292 games. “We really didn’t know, honestly, until last night and this morning. It really depended on how Brett’s foot felt. He looked good in pre-game so he went.”

Jackson later continued, “I’m not the one to sit here and cry about, ‘He got the start today’ and sit here and pout. Who is to say if I pouted today, went in there and didn’t produce. I just want to make sure I’m ready, not having any self-pity, and just go out there and play.

“Just try and tell myself it’s bigger than me, it’s all about the team, and that’s the approach I always took. Obviously I want to play, and play well. But when it really boils down to it, it comes down to the same goal and that’s to win the Super Bowl and win games. Regardless of who is in there, I’m pretty sure if I was the starter today Brett would have backed me. It’s not a point of having self-pity of ‘Why is he playing?’ I’m just trying to be a team player.”

Speaking at his locker, just as Jackson was completing his interviews, Favre told a small group of reporters that playing was, “a miracle,” and that he “could barely walk Monday and Tuesday.”

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Rapid response from the Patriots’ locker room

10.31.10 at 8:27 pm ET
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Rapid response from the Patriots’€™ locker room in the wake of the 28-18 win over Minnesota:

Devin McCourty on his interception: ‘€œIt was a little strange the way he went to catch the ball. I guess it bobbed a little and I was able to get my hand in there and then the ball bounced straight in the air so I was able to intercept it.’€

Devin McCourty on the defensive philosophy when it came to covering Moss: ‘€œJust to come out and compete, be aggressive with him when we could and try and jam him at certain times when the defense calls for it, and really to compete because you know at any time Moss can go out and make a big play. So it was really trying not to be lulled to sleep by Adrian Peterson running and just staying the course on Moss.’€

Devin McCourty on whether or not Favre looked sharp: ‘€œYeah, he was. He plated, I think, a vey controlled game. He stuck to their game plan. I mean, that’€™s Brett Favre. He’€™s going to make some big plays.’€

Danny Woodhead on his first-down conversion in the fourth quarter: ‘€œThings ended up working out on the third-and-long. That was a great throw by Tom [Brady], too. And Wes [Welker] came back to get a block also. It was the whole team working together on that one.’€

Danny Woodhead on his touchdown: ‘€œIt was just a run play, and it was blocked great. It didn’€™t really have to do much. I just had to get in the end zone. I mean, the line did a great job and just opened it up for me.’€

Gerard Warren on fourth-down stops building confidence: ‘€œIt build momentum when guys go for it on fourth-and-inches, fourth-and-short. To make that play, like you said, it was a momentum builder. Throughout the whole game, guys were making plays.’€

Jerod Mayo on the goal-line defense: “Guys stepped up when we had to. They had to make plays and keep our offense in striking distance. I think we did that and had a good turnout.’€

Jerod Mayo on the goal-line stop in the first half: ‘€œWell, [Peterson] is their go-to guy and we knew that he was going to get the ball at some point. So I think the guys up front did an excellent job keeping guys off the back end and just made the play.’€

Jerod Mayo on the mentality of forcing turnovers: ‘€œLike I said earlier, mental toughness. Just chipping at the rock. You don’€™t need the big plays. Just keep chipping at it and eventually, something will happen.’€

Kyle Arrington on whether or not there was any trash-talking between him and Randy Moss: ‘€œNot really. We said, ‘€˜What’€™s up’€™ and everything during the first quarter and he noticed at the start how I was trying to play him early, and he let me know he was aware. That was about it. Then, in the fourth quarter, he might have said a word or two. We hugged after the game and said, ‘€˜Good game, stay healthy’€™ and everything like that. Not too much was said between him and me. We both knew this was business and we’€™re professionals. We bith knew what kind of job we had to do.’€

Brandon Meriweather on how it was playing against Randy Moss: ‘€œIt was great. It’€™s like playing against your big brother. Whenever you get a chance to play against your big brother, you want to limit him in as many ways as you can. That’€™s what we were trying to do. Me personally, I wanted to be the one to do it, but Kyle [Arrington] did a great job, Devin [McCourty] did a great job, and everybody else who was on him did a great job. I just helped in every way I could.’€

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