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<em>Dan Connolly, Wes Welker and Matt Light help Danny Woodhead celebrate his TD against the Vikes Sunday</em>.
Dan Connolly, Wes Welker and Matt Light help Danny Woodhead celebrate his TD against the Vikes Sunday.

Bill Belichick offers his thoughts on the game the morning after the win.

Good win yesterday. It was certainly a lot better in the second half than it was in the first, but, you know, [the Minnesota Vikings] are a good football team. They have a lot of talented players. They gave us some problems. We gave them a few, and in the end, we were just able to make a few more plays, certainly in the red area, third-down conversions. I mean, that last drive, offensively, was a big drive for us. We had a lot of guys step up and play well; it is hard to single anybody out when you have a game like that. There were a lot of people that contributed to it, so that was good. It is time to turn a page and move onto Cleveland. After watching them against New Orleans, it is a pretty formidable group they've got, so we have a lot of work to do. I know they got a jump on us in terms of preparation with their bye week, so we have a lot of catching up to do.

Bill Belichick is asked about Dan Connolly who has taken over Logan Mankins' role on the O-Line.

We have asked Dan to do a lot. He has played left guard obviously, but has also played fullback in our short-yardage and goal-line packages. [He's a] smart guy. [He's a] good technique player. He has really improved a lot over the time he has been here. He has gotten a lot of playing time this year and has continued to improve. So he is doing a solid job.

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