"So this is what Belichick feels like I guess."
On what this says about the mental toughness his team has coming into the second half down 24-0:
"I mean, coach preaches to be a tough smart football team, and we weren't playing like that in the first half. We went in there and we basically said, 'Let's just start over and play each play and play for the next play and not try and win it all on one play. We went out there, made some plays, and we did that. We've done it a few times, we've executed situations like that and it was good to come off a short week and be able to go out there and get a win."
On his responsibilities as a punt returner in the situation Welker was in to get everyone's attention and get them away from the football:
"You know, Scotty [O'Brien], our special teams coordinator, usually puts us in the right position. We'll have a scouting report on where he's going to kick it, and as a returner, we always try to get the ball, and if you can't, you've got to yell a 'Peter' call and make sure your guys aren't there. I didn't see the play, so I can't comment on it."
On if that was crazy a turnaround as he's been a part of:
"I've been in some crazy turnarounds. I don't know. It's the most recent one. But like I said, it was good to show mental toughness as a team. We've had to come back and drive the ball in crucial situations a few times this year and we've executed it pretty well. Even in the loss against the Panthers. I mean, you could take away from that that we had a minute and we went down the field and we were able to still have a chance to win the game, and that's what you want to do is have a chance to win the game, and we did that, and we were able to execute it out this time."
On after his two touchdown performance and his returns if he walked off the field feeling like he had a good night:
"Well, I fumbled a punt, after I muffed one, so that's not that good. But I haven't even thought about it. Today, my number was called a few times and I was able to have a couple of opportunities and I just try to take advantage of them. A couple games back it was KT [Kenbrell Thompkins], AD [Aaron Dobson], Danny [Amendola], I mean, that's our job. Our job is to go out there, get open and catch the football and I was able to do that a few times."
On how big a factor the wind was for them:
"It was a pretty decent effect, in the kicking game more so than the passing game. But both sides had to deal with it. We muffed one so...I'll probably get yelled at for that one, so we'll see."
On the fact they said one play at a time but to get the first one was huge:
"We've gone out and we've practiced a bunch in opening the third quarter up. We've kind of struggled with that in the past few games, a couple games back. Coaches created the situation in practice where we simulate coming off halftime and doing the third quarter stuff and I think it's been really working and that's what we did. You looked at everyone in the huddle and everyone was all business because we knew we just turned the ball over too many times in the first half and we were able to not turn the ball over and get a couple, and defense did their job, we did our job, we were able to play complimentary football, handle the punts, and the kickoffs, and it was a good team comeback victory."
On how they're able to simulate those situations in practice:
"You'll have to ask coach on that. I don't want to get in trouble."
On how they were able to make the switch in the second half down 24-0:
"Well, I talk about it all the time so you're bored of hearing it, but our execution was a lot better and we didn't give ourselves a chance in the first half with the turnovers. They got a big lead, we found ways to just put one play after the next one, and the next one, and the next one, and ended up scoring some points. We got the lead, and then we didn't do much after that until the defense really bailed us out. It was a good team win, that's a real good football team, and I'm glad we got the win."
On the play of Julian Edelman:
"He's been so dependable and consistent all year for our team. He's been the one veteran player on offense that's been in there who's been in around. He always does a great job. He's tough, he's smart, he's disciplined. It's fun to see him do well, because he deserves it."
On what it says about his team's mental toughness to be able to fight back tonight:
"Well, that's what it's all about. You've got to put a lot of the stuff aside, you've got to forget about what happened in the first half because it was a terrible half of football. I mean, I don't even know what you coach at that point. So we came in and we talked about some of the things they were doing and then what we needed to do, which we needed to put together some good plays which would make a good drive, and then if that happened to be a few good drives, then we'd be back in the game, which ended up happening. We found a way to get back in it and then took the lead, had some chances where we could have had a bigger lead, but we'll learn from those things and try to get better."
On the touchdown to Gronkowski and his reaction on the play:
"I get pretty excited. He's been close a few times and he's gotten in a few times, so I was pretty pumped up. I'm always pretty pumped up after we score. It's nice to celebrate. Usually I'm pretty grumpy to be around so that's about the only time I get really excited is after we score a touchdown."
On the play of Kenrell Thompkins:
"He made some big plays for us. He made some big plays last week and when he gets an opportunity, he takes advantage of it. That's the great part about him, he's a real fighter. He's a tough kid, he wants to do what's best for the team, he's got a great attitude, and I love being his teammate. Hopefully he keeps making more of them."
On if they're starting to get an identity:
"Yeah, it's a little bit better on a night like tonight where the weather conditions are a factor. You've got to figure a way to do different things, and they try to stop those things, and then you've got to figure out something else to do. We've been a little bit more consistent on offense, we need to keep being that way, keep really leading the charge and it was a good win."
On the fact he had better protection in the second half and how much that helped him:
"That definitely helped. I thought the offensive line played really hard. That's a good pass rushing group, Von Miller's one of the best in the league and Shawn Phillips is a really great player so they had some inside guys that put some pressure on us early and we found a way really get the tempo of the game and then settle into our protections for what was working and we did a better job of handling them there in the second half.
"Well that was a heck of an effort by our players. I'm really proud of the way they fought back...you spot a team like Denver 24 points... Just took it one play at a time, kept fighting all the way through. We say play 60-minutes, it took a lot more than that tonight. But really proud of the way they played, the way they hung in there. It certainly wasn't a very good first half in any area. We just stuck it out and in the end, kept making some plays. Had several plays in the kicking game, got a couple turnovers there in the second half after giving them up in the first half and those were big for us. But kicking game was good, our coverage was good, that was a great punt by Ryan [Allen] there at the end getting up there high and making it a tough play. We were able to take advantage of it and Steve [Gostkowksi] knocked it through. We had a lot of guys who are heroes tonight. It's a great night to be a part of recognizing the military and Veteran's Day, and just the whole, what we've gone through in the last few weeks relative to the league recognizing all those things. President Kennedy's 50th anniversary assassination the other day and all that. Good to be a part of all that, good to be on the winning end of it and now we'll turn the page and head to Houston. But we'll enjoy this one for a little while, a couple hours anyway."
On his thought process on taking the wind in overtime:
"It was a strong wind. We just had to keep them out of the end zone, obviously and I just felt like the wind would be an advantage if we could keep them out of the end zone on that first drive, we were able to do that. The wind was significant in the game. It was definitely significant."
On what Julian Edelman brought tonight with his two touchdowns:
"Julian did a great job. First of all, he did a good job of handling the ball, especially in the 3rd and 4th quarter there. He made a couple of good runs with the ball in his hands, also got open, caught the ball. The under route he got there gave us the field position in the overtime, it was a big play. I mean, look, we had a lot of guys step up. You could rattle off 35-40 guys here and we'd be talking about every one of them. Julian's a tough competitor, all those guys are."
On his thoughts on the coaching staff's forecast in terms of what Denver might do and how his team needed to approach the second half:
"How the game would change? I mean I don't know why Denver would do anything different. They were up 24-0, we didn't expect them to do much different."
On the fact Denver did a little turtle action, which didn't really help them:
"That's what they did the first half, they ran the ball in the first half. I would have done the same thing they did. They ran the same plays that they hurt us with in the second half in the first half."
On the fact they got a touchdown off the fumble return...
"I understand that. But I mean they ran the ball...I don't know, maybe we're seeing different games there Tom [Curran]. I think they hurt us with the running game in the first half and they continued to run the ball. They had success with it all night. What did they end up with?"
220-yards for Moreno:
"So it didn't surprise me that they kept doing what they were doing. You have a 24-0 lead, you don't go in there at halftime and say, 'Let's change what we're doing." They didn't, fortunately we made some plays, we finished our drives, got the ball in the end zone. We turned it over a couple times, and we were able to get back in the game and make it a one score game there in the 4th quarter when we had the wind. So that was key for us to be able get back and make it a game in the 3rd quarter. The turnovers obviously helped, and finishing in the red zone helped."
On if he could feel the momentum shift and what made them click so well in the second half:
"Well, I thought we were moving the ball pretty well in the first half. But we turned it over, we couldn't finish the drives and they ended up not only with the ball, but one time they ended up with the touchdown. So you can't move the ball when you're losing it and we've got to hang on to it. Once we started doing that and converting a few third downs...we had some big plays in the red area. I mean, this is a big red area game. We were able to get the ball in and not get held to field goals. So that was huge for us, four touchdowns."
On if he was surprised that the Broncos ran the ball so much given their passing:
"Well, they have a good running game too. I've been saying all week they're a well balanced offense, I don't know anybody else that wouldn't see that. It's hard to stop everything with those guys, they've got a lot of good players."
On what he liked about the way the defense played in the second half:
"Well, I thought we hung in there. We made some plays in the passing game, we played better on 3rd down. I thought our guys competed well, and they're a tough offense to play against. I mean, look, it's hard to hold them down yardage-wise, hold them down point-wise, but I thought we hung in there and battled and I thought our corners, they deserve a ton of credit. [Aqib] Talib, [Kyle] Arrington, Alfonzo [Dennard], they're all...I mean nobody's 100% in that locker room, but they're all banged up, they fought through it, just want to go out there and compete. Devin [McCourty], Duron [Harmon], then we have Marquice [Cole] at the end jump in there, Logan Ryan, those guys, they just went up there and competed against a great group of receivers. They made some plays, but we made some too."
On his decision if he had gone back and looked at other overtime games in the new system if that's what made him feel it made sense:
"No. Nope. That was it. If it hadn't been a strong wind, we would have taken the ball."
On Brandon Bolden's performance:
"He stepped in, he gave us some quality plays. He ran hard, broke some tackles. He's a good back, all our backs have been productive for us."
[This Question Was Asked by Roosevelt Colvin] Fans want to know, who's the best linebacker you've ever coached out of the city of Indianapolis Indiana:
"[Laughs] Roosevelt Colvin."
On if he was given any explanation by the officials on the last play of the game:
"I didn't say anything. I didn't really see the play either so I don't know whether it was a good call or a bad call. We had plenty of chances, we won't make any excuses. We could have done a better job tonight. When you play good teams on the road you've got to play good for 60 minutes and we didn't. W e played O.K., shot ourselves in the foot too many times. Disappointed to lose, but we've got another big one coming up this week."
On if he realized right away that the flag was thrown, and if when he went up to the official, the official said nothing:
"I don't make the calls or the rules. I mean, I know...like I said, I didn't see it so... I wish it wouldn't have come down to that. I mean, I think there was plenty of plays we could have made. But it did, and they're going to make the call or they're not make the call. But we can play better than that."
On the 3rd and one play where he threw it out of the endzone, and if there was anything he wished he could have done differently:
"I wish we would have converted it. We didn't execute great. We had an opportunity. But that was a big play in the game and we didn't come up with it. There were a few of those where if we make the play, it puts a lot more pressure on them. But that was one of the critical ones and third and ones, you've got to make, especially on the road. We lost some close ones on the road, three of them, all pretty close games. So we've got to find a way to win them."
On if he felt that last pass to Gronkowski was catchable:
"I mean, he was kind of weaving in and out of there and I just didn't really want to throw it over his head and out of bounds so I was a little indecisive. It wasn't a great throw. No excuses, it should have been a better throw."
On the fact they settled for field goals instead of touchdowns in the red zone:
"Especially against a good defensive team. We knew they were pretty good statistically in a lot of the categories. We had opportunities to get down there, we moved the ball pretty well. We just couldn't punch it in and get enough points. We had plenty of chances, we just didn't get it done."
On the amount of pressure their front seven got on him:
"Well, they got a couple sacks and then really nothing until the last drive where they had a little pressure. But it's a passing situation, so ... they've got a good front, they get after the quarterback. We had plenty of chances. We didn't play our best. They played better than we did. They made a few more plays and that's just the way it goes sometimes."
Here's what Bill Belichick had to say following the Patriots loss to Carolina:
"Well it was obviously a tough game, came down to a few plays here and they made a couple more than we did. We had our chances, we've just got to do a better job, came up a little bit short today. Just have to go back to work and do a little bit better job."
On what he saw on the final play of the game:
"I saw the same thing you saw."
On if playing from behind hurt them tonight:
"No, we just didn't make enough plays. They made a couple more than we did. Game came down right to the wire on both ends of the field and we just couldn't make enough plays."
On the fact he said earlier this would be a low possession game and if there was any urgency on the sideline about having to take advantage of each one:
"That's what we always try to do. We always try to make the most of every possession."
On if he had to tell Aqib Talib to settle down earlier in the game after his altercation with Steven Smith:
"You know, it was two competitive guys, two good football players. Guys were both competing."
On the fact they played a team with a lot to prove in a pretty good atmosphere:
"So what's the question?"
On how he feels about his team's performance overall:
"That we came up short. It wasn't good enough. We just came up short. We have to do a better job. We just didn't make enough plays."
On if he got a sense of what the flag was for on the final play:
On if he had any idea of what the flag was for:
"There was no explanation given to me."
"No. The officials ran off the field, and I didn't see anything. I've gone through that before. The last time I tried asking an official a question about a call, that was the wrong thing to do. So I have no idea."
On if he thinks he's owed an explanation on what it was for:
"Like I've said, we've been down that road before. Didn't get one tonight, didn't get one at the Baltimore game. Guess that's the way we do it."
On the fact they ran the ball a lot to start the second half and if that was an adjustment that was made at half time:
"I thought we ran it O.K. in the first half. Thought we had decent production in the first half running the ball too. I don't know, what did we run for in the first half? Anyone have a stat? I mean, seemed like we had, I don't know, 80, 90 yards in the first half? What did we end up running for, 160? I don't know."
On the fact they had 47 yards rushing at the half:
"We had 47 yards rushing? And what did we end up with?"
"I mean, I thought we were balanced. We got sacked out of field goal range, we fumbled, and we got a personal foul penalty. So those hurt our three drives in the first half."
On if he got any official notification on the flag in the endzone being picked up:
"I saw what you saw Tom [Curran]."
On if he thought it was uncatchable, or anything like that:
"I can't answer that question."
On if he's curious and if he'll follow up with the league:
"Sure. It was the last play of the game, I don't know what happened. There was a flag thrown, and then the game was over. I don't know."
On the return of Shane Vereen:
"He was in in some passing groupings. Thought he did some good things. Obviously missed some time and there's some things he's got to work on. We weren't as consistent as we needed to be in the game, overall, in any phase. But it was good to have him back."
On the absence of Ridley:
"What about him?"
On why Ridley didn't carry the ball after the fumble until later in the game:
"Because all three of our backs contributed. We got production from all three of our backs."
(Someone coming in late) On if he got an explanation from the officials after the game:
"Yeah, that's the fourth time on that."
On how big an issue Carolina's speed was:
"I don't know. I mean every team in the league has fast receivers. They have good receivers. We're going to see good receivers next week, we saw good receivers last week against Pittsburgh. I mean, there's good receivers every week."
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