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New England Patriots Links 10/10/11 - Benny and the Jets: A Running Story

<em>Brady and Benny were Jets killers in Sunday's win over the Jets</em>.
Brady and Benny were Jets killers in Sunday's win over the Jets.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis talks about the significance of running the ball on that last drive, forcing the Jets to use their timeouts.

When you get in those situations you have to play situational football and obviously you don't want to give them the ball back and give them a chance to go down and score and we were able to do that tonight so that's always a plus. We had a game where we weren't able to finish with the ball in our hands - I can't remember which game it was this year but we pride ourselves on being able to do that.

It's always a challenge and you always want to be able to step up to the plate and knock it out of the park and we were able to do those things but it's just not an individual effort. There are always 11 guys out there. Nothing happens without those guys up front and I think they did an extremely good job of getting to where we need to get to and allow me to make reads and cuts off those guys.

Vince Wilfork responds to a comment about the defense having a big game Sunday.

I think we stepped up big today. I think every week we've been getting better and better. Today was a good day to get back on track. I think a lot of guys took it upon themselves to go out and make plays and be in the right position without giving up big plays. I am very proud of the defense. Is everything perfect? No. There are a lot of things we could better but I think the penalties are down, [and] we aren't giving up big plays. We have to continue to grow. We definitively have to continue to grow, continue to get better, but I think we definitely did a good job tonight.

...We executed the game plan, we knew it was going to be a tough game. Both teams would want to slug it out, they were going to make plays, we were going to make plays, but we knew we had to hang in their tough and play good solid football and then we knew we'd be ok. I think we did tonight. I think third down was a plus for us tonight. The yardage, no big plays- that's part of the most impressive stat for us. Like I said, we weren't perfect, but it's a step in the right direction.

Tom Brady responds to a question about having Aaron Hernandez back from his knee injury.

It was good. There were a lot of guys that toughed it out. Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] really toughed it out, the linemen were toughing it out. Wes [Welker] was out there, he fights his butt off. It was a good group effort. Everyone who played made plays.