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New England Patriots Links 10/18/10 - Branch, Patriots Back To Clutch Winning Ways

Bill Belichick opens his post game press conference following the Patriots' OT win over the Ravens.

Man. that was a good win for our football team today. I'm really proud of those kids. They played hard. [They were] 10 points down in the fourth quarter, rallied, fought through it in overtime. It was really just a heck of a job by our players. You've got to give them all the credit in the world. I know a lot of people doubted that they could do it and our second half [problems] and all of that, but you come back from behind [against] a team like Baltimore and win it at the end...we just had a lot of big plays out there. You can just talk about everybody. They all contributed. It was a real team effort against a real good football team. Baltimore has got a good club. They do a lot of things well. Fortunately, we were able to do one or two things a little better than they did today. I'm really proud of our team. We've got a big challenge ahead of us going out to San Diego, but we're going to enjoy this one for a while and then get back to work.

Deion Branch responds to a question about if it felt like old times with he and Tom Brady and the game on the line in overtime.

Yes, sir. I think the biggest thing is Coach Belichick put us through so many situation things in practice, that we worked on this so much. It's just all about us going out and executing. It's nothing that we're not aware of. We go through those - like at the end of the game with 1:15. Coach called some pretty good pays, we just didn't execute them. During the week, we can go out there and do that. It's all about executing. We didn't do that to end the game, but I think in overtime, once we settled down, coach figured out which plays he wanted to call. And the front line did a great job blocking and Tom did his thing.

Vince Wilfork talked about how the defense stepped up late in the game.

"Oh yeah. We stepped up when we needed to step up. All year on third down, we've had problems in that area. Then, something went off and we basically turned it around. It's third down and we get off the field. Once we get off the field, we're a totally different defense. You know what? Nobody's getting off the field now? Now everybody understands how important third down is. Something that small, you know? We never gave up. I don't care what the clock said, we always believed that we were going to win that ball game. How? We didn't know. But one thing I do know, we stood up for one another out there. We played for one another. That's a team. I can go play for anybody if they are willing to do what we did today. They stood up and they stood hard and you know what? We came out with a W. [That is] a very good team in Baltimore, don't get me wrong. Like I said, they played their butts off and they maybe made a few more plays than we did, but that ball game could have gone either way. We both were slugging it out, back and forth, back and forth, so I'm happy to be on the W side this time."