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New England Patriots Links 1/24/12 - Players Switch From Celebration to Preparation

<em>BenJarvus Green-Ellis scores a TD against a tough defense Sunday</em>.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis scores a TD against a tough defense Sunday.

Matthew Slater talks about how much of the day Monday was spent switching from celebration to preparation.

"I think the switch was slowly being turned over today. I think we're still enjoying what we did yesterday but we know that it would be a terrible feeling to come all this way and not finish the job. I think that switch will be fully on tomorrow and we'll realize, ‘Hey, we have to prepare for the Giants."

Julian Edelman is asked about the team realizing it has to improve after [the Ravens] game.

"After any game you find that out, especially when you break down the film. We obviously won the game but we obviously have to improve - that's what we're going to do this upcoming week in practice. That's what you do every week - you break down the film, you look at the plays you didn't do too well in and you try to go after those plays."

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is already looking forward to the next opponent.

"[The regular season loss to the Giants] is in the past. We can't do anything about our past. We have to do something about our future moving forward and how we prepare for those guys. We know they're a good team so we have to be ready."

"I'm sure some of that [familiarity] will come into play but at the end of the day it's all about what goes on once the ball is kicked off; we have to go out there and execute."

James Ihedigbo responds to a question about whether Bill Belichick re-emphasized the importance of using two weeks for preparation.

"Yeah, of course. You're preparing for the Super Bowl so your preparation is everything and the time off that you get in the midst of the chaos is going to be important. It's my first time and it's the first for a lot of guys but really just being smart with your decisions. When you have that time off, you watch extra film, studying things that you need to study whether it's practice or whatever it is. It's great but we're going to enjoy it. It's our once in a lifetime opportunity that you have to play this game and we're definitely going to enjoy it."



  • Shalise Manza Young notes Patriots players and coaches will be turning the page to the Giants after taking 24 hours to enjoy their victory.
  • Tom E. Curran says the Patriots and Giants are more alike than we think: Lucky and good, flawed and brilliant.
  • Tim Britton asserts this Super Bowl may be a rematch, but the teams are not the same.
  • Jackie MacMullan agrees the Pats need to forget the Super Bowl loss to the Giants, but it won't be easy.
  • Gerry Callahan holds up Eli Manning as that rare athlete who gets better when the games get bigger.
  • Craig Meyer calls Giants-Patriots the "anti-Rex Ryan Super Bowl".
  • Tom E. Curran notes that finally, after 23 seasons combined, Brian Waters and Gerard Warren will play in a Super Bowl.
  • Mike Reiss charts the snaps played by Patriots defenders and offers his analysis. Wilfork's 70-play total blows everything away.
  • Ian Rapoport touches again on Vince Wilfork's herculean efforts against the Ravens Sunday.
  • Ian Rapoport details Vince Wilfork's top five plays against the Ravens Sunday.
  • Christopher Price contrasts the Ravens 'muddled mess' in the waning moments of Sunday's game to the collective composure of the New England Patriots.
  • Christopher Price shares the thoughts of NBC's Sunday Night Football crew, on the Super bowl XLVI matchup.
  • WEEI highlights Bill Belichick on the Big Show, explaining why he didn't try to freeze Billy Cundiff.
  • WEEI highlights Boomer Esiason's guest appearance Monday morning. "The Giants should be favored instead of the Pats."
  • Michael Hurley thinks Tom Brady and Bill Belichick survived the most unnecessarily stupid decision of all time, and other leftover Patriots thoughts.
  • Rich Levine lists The Tuck Rule, David Tyree and now (maybe) … Sterling Moore, as "The Play" that changed the game.
  • ESPNBoston posts the Mayne Event clip featuring Ross Ventrone, who set up "Occupy Gillette" after his 20th transaction of the season. (1.36 min. video)
  • Dan Duggan warns fans that so-called 'highlights' from Super Bowl XLII will be replayed endlessly from now until February 5th. Yeesh.
  • Tedy Bruschi posts the transcript of his weekly online chat.
  • Shalise Manza Young has the latest from Gillette Stadium where the Patriots have shifted their focus to the Giants. (3.10 min. video)
  • Ricky Doyle notes Rob Gronkowski attempts to speak Spanish during an ESPN Deportes interview, and says, "I am party". I love Gronk. He IS party.
  • Steve Buckley reports Stephen Gostkowski shows professional courtesy on the Billy Cundiff question.
  • Jerry Spar notes Terrell Suggs refused to let ESPN's Skip Bayless twist his words and create a controversy. Good block.
  • Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Rob Gronkowski will be ready for the Super Bowl; Robert Kraft "believes in this team big time"; Belichick explained his decision not to ice the Ravens' kicker; It was a stunning reality to see Julian Edelman playing man-to-man on star Anquan Boldin on that last drive; Patriots will wear their blue jerseys at the Super Bowl.
  • Shalise Manza Young Patriots Notebook: Ankle sprain won't keep Rob Gronkowski from playing in Indy; Tom Brady regrets his decision to throw deep to Matthew Slater; Brady was still feeling the physical effects of his 4th quarter TD dive; Bill O'Brien will be at Penn State until tomorrow and says balancing both jobs leaves him with only 3-4 hours of sleep per night.
  • Ron Borges grades the Patriots in his AFC Championship Report Card.