I'm gonna make it real brief. Y'all had all two weeks to do all y'all's talking. Let me do mine. It has been really a tough couple weeks but you move on. That is the nature of the game. I am happy that we got this victory and I appreciate all the support from [pause] my true fans, the players, the coaches, my family and loved ones and I have been in this league 12 years and I have been through a lot. These shoulders I have on my body you could put the earth on it. Just to let you know I bounce back. I appreciate it.
I think at times this year we played pretty good football for spurts. It is a 60 minute game and doing that consistently has been a challenge for this team , for players, for leaders of this team , for coaches. We are just trying to find ways to make those critical plays, when we get in the red area we have to score touchdowns, on third down we have to convert. We didn't convert well in the second half we didn't have many points, we were on the sideline and couldn't sustain those drives. I was proud of that last third down. That was a big play for us to run out the clock there at the end. There just needs to be more of that.
Bill Belichick on the defensive scheme.
"We played a 3-4 most of the game. Our sub-defense, we used linebackers and six defensive backs. We were a little short on defensive linemen, so we let [them] concentrate on the running game, and our linebackers and that sub-group concentrate on third down and the pass rush."
"I thought we had good pressure on the quarterback for the most part. They've got good receivers and they were trying to throw a lot of screens on us. They hurt us on the screens in the first game, so I thought we reacted to them fairly well over all. They've got some really good skill players who are tough with the ball in their hands, and sometimes we had a little trouble tackling them."
"We tried to mix it up. We had a lot of different guys coming. We had some DB's and our linebackers try to stem the front and move it around a bit; just make them work to pick it up. Sometimes we got there, sometimes maybe we caught them a little off guard, or a little bit hesitant trying to figure out who's who."
- Game Notes: Patriots at Bills. Team and player milestones, records and achievements.
- Erik Scalavino offers his analysis of the Patriots' just-good-enough-to-get-by win in Buffalo.
- Post Game Pressers: Bill Belichick (6:14 min. audio), Tom Brady (6:38 min. audio), Randy Moss (35 seconds), Wes Welker (3:22 min. audio), Tully Banta-Cain (3:26 min. audio) Plus Transcripts.
Patriots Post Game Quotes.
- Shalise Manza Young analyzes all phases of the game, concluding that the Patriots did just enough to win.
- Albert Breer focuses on the Patriots' success with their pass rush (did I just type that?), effectively confusing the Bills' QB and O-Line.
- Mike Reiss breaks down the defensive wrinkle that helped the Patriots beat the Bills. Adalius Thomas called it "organized chaos."
- Shalise Manza Young recaps the game, finding that order has been restored among the Patriots.
- Karen Guregian points out LB Tully Banta-Cain has been the club’s most consistest harrasser of opposing QBs this season.
- Albert Breer offers five quick hits from the Ralph.
- Christopher Price lists his ten things we learned yesterday.
- Albert Breer credits the defense coming up big when needed, and excessive penalties by Buffalo for the win.
- Duane Rankin says the Bills gift-wrapped a win for the Pats with yellow flags.
- Karen Guregian notes that Randy Moss clearly appreciated the support that poured in from his teammates and his true fans last week, contrary to the stance taken by the media.
- Kirk Minihane calls it redemption Sunday for Moss, Maroney and the Patriots defense.
- Monique Walker notes Wes Welker set a career high in receiving yards in a season.
- Mike Reiss looks at the snaps played by Patriots offensive skill position players in the team’s 17-10 win over the Bills. Ben Watson is on top with 52 of 59 snaps.
- Mike Reiss reports Adalius Thomas didn't doubt that he'd play this week and finished with three tackles.
- Ron Borges notes these Patriots are well aware of the Dolphins breathing down their necks.
- Mike Reiss presents his list of who's up and who's down in yesterday's win.
- Rich Thompson says the play of the game was Welker coming through, hauling in a crucial third-down pass late in the game to help the Patriots beat Buffalo for the 13th straight time.
- Ron Borges offers the best and worst of Sunday's win.
- Mike Reiss notes that while the Patriots are closing in on one of their first goals each year -- winning the division -- they aren't doing so convincingly.
- Mike Reiss breaks down the sub package and offers his analysis.
- Dan Shaughnessy digs his heels in with the Moss-is-a-dog mantra, and lauds the expertly played hand by Belichick and crew supporting Randy to keep him in the game. [Wonder how BB convinced Merill Hoge, Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell to lie about their film study just to keep Randy happy.]
- NFL Game Center: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills. Recap, analysis, drive chart, stats and that nifty highlight video.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Moss speaks little, says a lot.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Trent Edwards goes in, down and out.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) $50K to bolt St. Louis? Fine with Incognito.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB: Cowboys win, Vikes lose, Tomlin's call makes Week 15 more compelling.
- Don Banks (SI) Week 15 Snap Judgments. Latest Bronco collapse, Big Ben's big day, and more.
- Andrew Perloff (SI) Week 15 Against the Grain: "Why won't the media rip Mike Tomlin as much for his late onside kick as they did Bill Belichick for going for it on fourth-and-two against the Colts"
- Sunday Rewind: Week 15. (Nat'l Football Post)
VIEW FROM BUFFALO
- Sal Maiorana (Rochester D&C) Buffalo Bills fall to New England Patriots.
- Mark Gaughan (Buffalo News) Bills' popgun offense produces dud.
- Sal Maiorana (Rochester D&C) Buffao Bills' opening drive set bad tone.
- Allen Wilson (Buffalo News) Bills' secondary contains Patriots passing attack.
- Tim Schmitt (Niagara Gazette) Bills wear stare of humility.