Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his postgame press conference on Sunday, December 26, 2010.
General Comments:"I thought our guys did a good job here today. Certainly ball possession and turnovers were a huge factor in the game - our guys did a pretty easy job taking care of it and fortunately our guys were able to get a few on the other end and capitalize on those. It was a tough week - I really have a lot of respect for our players. We've got a couple guys with the flu and the injuries coming off the Green Bay game, we had a tough time practicing this week. But they did a good job and fought through it."
"It's nice to be in the position we're in - hopefully we can continue to improve and keep getting better on things that we can do a better job on. We'll be ready for Miami next week and whatever comes after that."
On winning division title and clinching home field advantage:"We're happy about it. It's great, but we'll just see what comes and take whatever the next step it. We'll play Miami this week, get ready for them, and take whatever comes after that."
On Tom Brady breaking the record for consecutive passes without INT streak:"I didn't realize he broke that. That's great. Tom does a good job. [Buffalo] didn't get their hands on too many balls, like they did last week. He did a good job placing it. Unfortunately it looked like we dropped a few. Tom does a great job of managing the game and taking care of the ball - I think he deserves that. He's pretty careful with the ball."
On Areas of Improvement:"Just overall improvement on everything - all three phases of the game, I think we can still continue to get better."
On 163 rushing yards in first half; what do you attribute that to?
"Good blocking, good running, good play calling. The players are the ones who gain the yards. They're the ones that blocked; they're the ones that ran. Our receivers have been doing a good job in the running game."
Is winning the division a goal?"It's definitely a goal, sure."
On capitalizing on turnovers:"It's great to be able to take advantage of those opportunities. We had a couple where we had the ball stripped out, the ball batted up in the air - we came up with it, we caught it, we had a couple good catches. When you get those opportunities, you've got to take advantage of them. Certainly we've dropped our share. We'll keep trying to stay after the ball and hopefully when it's loose, we can have enough people around it to come up with it."
Did Rob Gronkowski have an expanded role today?"I don't think so. That's the way we practiced all week."