Group hug! Group hug!
Bill Belichick addresses the media immediately following the Patriots 45-10 win.
I just can't say enough about the players today. They obviously did a great job. We had a good week in the bye week and I think we got a lot of things done. Once we found out who we were playing, I think these guys really did a good job of focusing on the target and they were obviously ready to go today. You have to give the players all the credit in the world. They stepped up and they made a lot of big plays throughout the game for 60 minutes. We got contributions from everybody. Great job on special teams. We had a lot of good field position. We played on a short filed, the offense got the ball in the end zone. We got some stops on defense, turned the ball over early. It was a good, solid team effort. We'll enjoy this one for a little while and then we'll find out who we have in the AFC Championship. But it's an honor to be in that game and it's been a lot of hard work this year, but I'm really happy for the players. I'm really excited for them. They deserved it. They've worked hard, they've put up with me, so they deserve this.
Yeah, well I think they've been great assets to this offense along with the plays that Deion [Branch] made and the plays Wes [Welker] makes and the way Benny [BenJarvus Green-Ellis] runs it and the way that we can protect with the O-line and the way the defense plays. It's certainly not about one player, it's one position. Coach [Belichick] really challenged us last night to come out and play as a team, to play together and to play complementary football and I thought we did that.
...And, I think that everyone focused on one player and I think all week we were focused on the entire Denver Bronco team. We knew what kind of challenges they presented. Tim [Tebow] is a very good quarterback, they have a good defense, great rushing team, make some big plays in the pass game like they did against Pittsburgh. We knew the threats; we understood the danger of not playing our best game. I thought we came out and really responded well.
- Post Game Notes: Patriots vs. Broncos. Team and player records set, milestones reached and trends continued.
- Erik Scalavino says that finally, when it counted most, the Patriots put together a complete, 60-minute effort in all three phases.
- Post Game Pressers: Bill Belichick (12.41 min. video), Tom Brady (5.57 min. video), Deion Branch (7.58 min. video) and Vince Wilfork (5.16 min. video)
- Post Game Quotes: Patriots and Broncos.
- Patriots Today - Gronk sets franchise record. (1.34 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Patriots' playoff run continues. (3.28 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Defense chews up Tebow. (1.53 min. video)
- Locker Room Uncut - Reaction from the locker room. (3.27 min. video)
- Post Game Interviews: Rob Ninkovich (2.22 min.), Devin McCourty (4.02 min.) and Brian Waters (2.21 min.)
- Shalise Manza Young recaps the Patriots trampling over the overmatched Broncos.
- Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots answered all doubters, quickly, and with total domination.
- Ron Borges writes that Tom Brady looked like he could have 'gotten them by a battalion of Navy Seals if they were what stood between his team and Lucas Oil Stadium'.
- Mike Reiss offers his first impression of the Patriots' epic win at Gillette.
- Jackie MacMullen thinks Tom Brady was motivated by past playoff losses, not the buzz around Tebow.
- Kirk Minihane writes about how Tom Brady put an end to Tebowmania and all the hype.
- Mike Reiss goes behind the scenes to talk about Tom Brady's punt.
- Greg A. Bedard says that was one dominating defensive performance in the Patriots 45-10 victory over the Broncos.
- Karen Guregian reports on how the defense rose up to the occasion.
- Mike Petraglia says Shaun Ellis, Gerard Warren and Kyle Love led the feeding frenzy on Tim Tebow.
- Bob Ryan says the Patriots D was certainly up to the task of exposing the Denver Broncos.
- Tom E. Curran gives credit to the defense for pulling its weight.
- Ricky Doyle warns that this weekend proved that defense still matters, but ball security reigns supreme.
- Mike Petraglia talks up Rob Ninkovich, who owned Tim Tebow Saturday and was flying all over the field.
- Stevan Krasner highlights how Rob Ninkovich helped contain Tim Tebow and the Broncos' offense.
- Dan Shaughnessy calls Tom Brady and the Patriots offense simply unstoppable, against the Broncos.
- Michael Vega notes the tight ends completely baffled the Denver Broncos.
- Christopher Price points out when Aaron Hernandez has run the ball before.
- Steven Krasner spotlights Aaron Hernandez lining up in the backfield as the sole running back.
- Christopher Price tells us ten things we learned Saturday: Brady, Pats reward faithful with dominating win over Tebow, Broncos.
- Mike Reiss mentions how the Patriots fired up the home town crowd at Gillette Saturday night.
- Mike Reiss charts the offensive snaps played by skill-position players and offers his analysis.
- Mike Reiss looks at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots and analyzes what it means.
- Mike Reiss looks at who played on multiple special teams units in Saturday's win.
- Christopher Price offers five early thoughts on the Patriots, the Ravens, Tom Brady, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed and the AFC's most underrated rivalry.
- Karen Guregian doesn't see the Ravens as such a menacing matchup.
- Shalise Manza Young says there's plenty of bad blood between the Patriots and Ravens.
- Mike Reiss looks ahead to the AFC Conference Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.
- Jeff Howe calls the Patriots-Ravens AFC Championship game a character-defining playoff rematch.
- Art Martone, Phil Perry & Jimmy Toscano put together a history of Patriots AFC Championship games.
- Michael Whitmer Patriots Notebook: Team put together a 60-minute game at Gillette; The Stevan Ridley fumble was the first time in two months that the Patriots have lost a fumble; Pats-Broncos hit ratings high; Chad Ochocinco finally has a playoff victory; Patriots will lose asst. coach George Godsey to Penn State.
- Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Brian Waters and Shaun Ellis are relishing their post season experience and loving their decision to sign with the Pats; Ravens' Ed Reed warns "We're coming" to intimidate the Patriots; Tom Brady went out of his way to praise the home field crowd; Teammates were gushing about Tom Brady setting an NFL record Saturday night.
- Brandon Lawrence tells us what went right and what went wrong in NE's silencing of Denver.
- Mike Reiss offers his 3 up and 3 down for the Patriots.
- Mary Paoletti gives us the Best & Worst of Patriots 45, Broncos 10.
- Ron Borges grades the Patriots in his Divisional Round Report Card.
- NFL Game Center: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots. Recap, stats, analysis and highlight videos.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB: Giants' stubbornness paid off in '04 megadeal that almost wasn't.
- Peter King (SI) Red-hot Brady, Patriots look better than ever in win over Broncos.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) Brady turns in game for the ages.
- Report (ESPN Stats & Info) Patriots, Brady end Tebow's miracle run.
- Nate Davis (USA Today) Patriots beat Broncos 45-10, advance in playoffs.
- Jonathan Comey (Cold Hard Football Facts) 10 things we learned: 49ers, Patriots move on.
- Kerry Byrne (Cold Hard Football Facts) Tebow train hits final stop. "Hell hath no fury like a 3-time Super Bowl champion QB & head coach scorned."
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Brady, Patriots put emphatic end to Tebow hype (for now).
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) Breaking down the Divisional playoffs.
- Chris Burke (SI) Divisional grades: Broncos-Patriots.
- Toni Monkovic (NY Times) Why did Tom Brady punt late in the game?
- MJD (Yahoo! Sports) Patriots run the old 'Tom Brady punts, then everybody punches everybody' play.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Both Saturday NFL games draw big TV ratings.
- James Walker (ESPN) These Patriots have a sense of urgency.
- James Walker (ESPN) Quick take: Ravens at Patriots.
- Clark Judge (CBS Sports) Divisional Judgements: This just in -- defense still wins championships.
- Deion Sanders (NFL.com) Top 10 divisional playoff battles from this weekend. (2.43 min. video)
- Jeff Darlington (NFL.com) Freewheeling final four will produce a new champion.
- Ashley Fox (ESPN) Is the AFC on the wane?
- Kent Babb (Kansas City Star) Arrowhead anxiety: Turnover off the field causes concern. /Interesting.
VIEW FROM DENVER
- Mike Klis (Denver Post) Tom Brady leads Patriots' 45-10 rout of Broncos, Tim Tebow in NFL playoffs.
- Gray Caldwell (DenverBroncos.com) Season ends in Foxborough.
- AP Report (Boulder Daily Camera) Denver Broncos walloped by New England Patriots.
- Mark Kiszla (Denver Post) Pats show Broncos harsh reality.
- Kenny Legan (DenverBroncos.com) Notebook: 'Brady being Brady'.
- Woody Paige (Denver Post) Tim Tebow's horsepower tamed at finish line.
- Lindsay H. Jones (Denver Post) Denver defense hurting as Patriots pile up 509 yards.
- Dusty Saunders (Denver Post) Nantz gets clear look at Broncos' demise at hands of Brady, Patriots.