Aaron Hernandez talks about that last drive after the game.
"I had an in-route and [Rob] Gronkowski had an out-route and he's a great player so he drew the safety's attention and I came around and Tom [Brady] made a great throw and I just had to make the catch."
"When you have a quarterback like Tom [Brady] anything can happen as long as there's time on the clock. He had enough time to get it done."
"We just got a lot of good players out there. We got Wes [Welker], Deion [Branch], Chad [Ochocinco], me, [and Rob] Gronkowski – so many weapons. It's tough to cover all of us especially when you have a quarterback who is going to put it in the right spot."
"We just knew it was time to step up. The type of players we have - everyone knows we have to step up and everyone stepped up."
Rob Gronkowski mentions the two-minute drill and the mental toughness on that great, great team victory.
"It's crazy - it's a lot of mental toughness. It's a lot of focus going down [the field]. That's your last chance going down and you got to do everything 100 percent. You can't make mistakes because if you do, that could be the game – just one little play. You definitely have to be mentally focused."
"Just the mental toughness, definitely. We just kept going out there. Even though we didn't have that many good drives, we had a chance at the end still and we accomplished it. The defense played amazing. Their mental toughness was off the charts. They were physical all game and making plays and stopping them all the time."
Andre Carter responds to questions about how the defense needs to improve, and how it felt to get two sacks.
"I think usually just those long drives. The long drives have been a sometimes killer for us. It's starting to show more in the second half, toward the end of the second half. And maybe a little bit toward the end of the third quarter. So that's just something we've got to keep working on and continue to get better and we'll be in the right direction."
"It felt great. One thing that people don't understand, especially when it comes to sacks – sacks and coverage, everything else, it just comes hand in hand. So it's just something that we always talk about and discuss. It was just a blessing and I thank God and I just thank the 10 guys who were around to do their job. When the opportunity presented itself to make a play, we made a play."
Brandon Spikes on that final defensive stop and the defensive effort Sunday.
"It was critical. All week have been trying to say that when there is sudden change, you have to stand up and answer. I think we did that. Overall on defense, guys flew around, we had some problems with tackling but getting all those hats to the ball, we took care of it."
"It's just having our teammates backs. Sometimes things aren't going to go the way we want them to, and we just have to be there and do our job. Like I said, we were there to stand up and we got the job done. Anytime we get the opportunity to go out there and there is a sudden change, we want to come out holding them to three or getting the ball back and giving it to the offense."
- Post Game Notes: Patriots vs. Cowboys. Team and player milestones reached, records set and trends continued.
- Erik Scalavino witnessed an ugly contest, capped off with a beautiful game-winning drive.
- Post Game Pressers: Bill Belichick (5 min. video plus Transcript), Tom Brady (5 min. video plus Transcript) and Vince Wilfork (5 min. video).
- Post Game Quotes: Patriots and Cowboys.
- Sunday Sitdown: Wes Welker (4.15 min. video) Michael Irvin sits down with Welker to talk about his surprising success in the league.
- Patriots Today - Pats defeat first NFC foe. (3.03 min. video)
- Locker Room Uncut - Comments from Hernandez, Carter and more. (3.10 min. video)
- Shalise Manza Young reports Rob Ryan's defense held Brady in check until the game was on the line.
- Greg A. Bedard notes no family makes Tom Brady work harder than the Ryans and after back-to-back weeks, Brady deserves all the rest he can get.
- Julian Benbow observes Aaron Hernandez kept his focus and his confidence after the late fumble, and became the game-winning target.
- Steve Buckley notes that for Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots had more of a "far-out" finish than an "ugly win."
- Bob Ryan lauds the Patriots defense for making the ultimate stop when needed and Tom Brady for doing what he does best.
- Monique Walker details the crucial stops made by the defense to put the Patriots back in a position to win.
- Karen Guregian writes the defense stated its case yesterday, limiting Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense to 16 points.
- Karen Guregian hears from Vince Wilfork after the game. Wilfork likes what he sees from his defense.
- Ron Borges asserts there was no question Tom Brady would close out the game when he took the field with 2.31 min. left in the game.
- Mike Reiss gives us his initial reaction following the Patriots 20-16 win over the Cowboys.
- Greg A. Bedard details the Patriots 20-16 win over the Cowboys in his Post-game report.
- Zuri Berry recaps the win drive-by-drive.
- Christopher Price lists off ten things we learned Sunday: Ten years later, Tom Brady still majors in drama.
- Michael Hurley reports Tom Brady and Bill Belichick tied Dan Marino and Don Shula for the most wins by a QB-Coach duo.
- Shalise Manza Young mentions how Chad Ochocinco missed the action yesterday with only a few snaps in the game and one target by Brady.
- Kirk Minihane wonders if this is the end of Chad Ochocinco in New England.
- Chad Finn wonders about the conservative play-calling by the Cowboys offense in the final minutes of the game.
- Chris Forsberg analyzes how the Patriots handled Jason Witten and breaks down Witten's performance.
- Mike Reiss looks at the snaps played by offensive skill-position players Sunday.
- Mike Reiss breaks down the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots in their 20-16 win over the Cowboys.
- ESPNBoston Game Center: Finishing touch.
- Mike Reiss lists is 3 up and 3 down for the Patriots.
- Kirk Minihane looks at what went right and what went wrong in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.
- Dan Duggan gives us the Best and Worst of yesterday's game.
- Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Dallas did a good job of limiting Wes Welker (6-45yards-1 TD); Deion Branch, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez took starring roles yesterday; Brandon Spikes is back to his hard-hitting, run-stopping ways; DeMarcus Ware was every bit as dangerous as expected; Chad Ochocinco seemed to incur Brady's wrath after running the wrong route that led to an incompletion; Brian Waters' family is from Texas but loves having a little bragging rights for when he goes home.
- NFL Game Center: Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots. Recap, stats, analysis, and highlight videos.
- Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Cowboys learn playing not to lose won't work against Brady.
- Damon Hack (SI) In loss to Patriots, Cowboys forgot that fortune favors the bold.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) Cowboys lasso themselves yet again.
- Week 6 Sunday rewind: Harbaugh vs. Schwartz, Brady's final drive and more. (Nat'l Football Post)
- Don Banks (SI) Week Six Sunday snap judgments.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB: Forget Harbaugh's handshake, his 49ers are the real top story.
VIEW FROM DALLAS
- Charean Williams (Star-Telegram) Cowboys' upset bid crumbles against Patriots.
- Rob Phillips (DallasCowboys.com) Critical mass: 'Boys lose lead with late Brady TD, 20-16.
- AP Report (Dallas Morning News) Cowboys blow another late lead, fall to Patriots in game's final minute.
- Clarence E. Hill Jr. (Star-Telegram) Uh, oh: Garrett no longer trusts his quarterback.
- Charean Williams (Star-Telegram) Recent flops place Romo in a conservative position.
- Josh Ellis (DallasCowboys.com) Defense holds up its end - until the end.
- Carlos Mendez (Star-Telegram) Cowboys' defense folds down stretch.
- Rainer Sabin (Dallas Morning News) Cowboys WR Dez Bryant disappears in second half again.
- Staff Report (Dallas Morning News) Photos: Jay Ratliff yells at Tony Romo, Rob Ryan swears at fans and in-game action from New England.