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Bill Belichick Post Game Press Transcript

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            **(on ending up with a win)**  

"We talk a lot on our team about hanging in there and playing 60 minutes of football, and today was 74 or 73. As I told the team, I didn't think we played particularly well but we have a lot of tough guys in that locker room that stepped up and made a lot of big plays at key times."

(on the Texans' effort)

"I've got to give a lot of credit to Houston and to Dom (Capers). They are a tough team, and we knew that coming down here. We didn't expect anything different from what we got. They are a tough, physical team and they certainly played that way all day today. They are one of the better special teams units we have faced and they obviously gave us some trouble, so it was good to get out of here with a win."

(on the poise of Tom Brady down the stretch)

"Tom has always been great at the end of the games. He's a good decision-maker; he made some really key throws under pressure scrambling around and taking some hits. The touchdown pass to (Daniel) Graham was a big-time throw under pressure. He really did a good job."

(on the bootleg call on fourth down for the touchdown)

"It's one of our lead plays on the goal line for this game. I thought it was the right situation at the time. We could have run it but if we picked up the first down we were still looking at having the ball on the three or four yard line. Then we would have gone through another sequence of plays, and we thought we might be able to get that one in and score there."

(on Adam Vinatieri's troubles)

"Adam has been as good a player as we could possibly ask for in that situation. I don't think there was much he could have done about the one that was blocked. The guy came through the end-wing gap and made a good play. I felt like once we got the protection straightened out we could count on Adam and he made it."

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