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Patriots Postgame Quotes

The Patriots mounted a fourth quarter comeback to overtake the Buffalo Bills 21-16 at Gillette Stadium.  The following players offered comments on the game.

Eugene Wilson, Safety
(On holding the Bills to three field goals instead of TD's)
That was real big, real key. Our defense was out there for a while, but to be out there that long and then just get away with three is good. We would rather have none, but they got real close to the goal line a couple times and we held them. We were happy to get off the field with three. We made a lot of plays but we made mistakes as well. Any win is positive though. We kept fighting and it paid off for us. It was real tough but that is why we are a team.

(On the return of Bruschi)
That was great. The enthusiasm was up. The crowd was into the game and it was great to have him back. First of all, he brings intensity. He is a great linebacker and he did a good job today. I am glad he finished the game strong. He seemed like he didn't miss a step. He jumped right in there and did a good job. I was really happy for him, he deserves it and the fans know that too. I don't think I ever heard the fans that loud.

Jarvis Green, Defensive Line
(On the return of Bruschi)
It was great, I heard him behind me screaming and making calls. Every time he made a play you heard the fans yelling and that pumped us up. When we came out, to hear the appreciation the crowd has for him, it felt warm inside of me. People said he couldn't come back, he couldn't be back after what happened but he was out there hitting, full contact. He is the same old guy. He was right on point. I am just happy that he is back and he can continue his dream of what he wants to do.

(On the turning point of the game)
The interception, that was the big play. The Bills were looking to score again and the interception got us back into it.

Tim Dwight, Wide Receiver
(On his catch by the goal line)
It was just a little hitch that we run and Tom (Brady) threw a nice ball. I tried to get it in the endzone, but I was glad I got it down near and then we punched it in.
(On the offense coming together late in the game)
We stuttered and stuttered and stuttered and then we got going and made the plays. You cannot turn the ball over and we did that. They are a solid defense and gave us a heck of a game.

Deion Branch, Wide Receiver
(On his big plays)
We all have games like this. I just have to capitalize when my number is called just like David (Givens) does when his number is called. We would be fortunate to have a game where we get 8 or 9 catches each. That will be a great day. In the beginning they did a great job of controlling the game, especially the first quarter. We made two or three more plays tonight then they (the Bills) did and that is why we won this game.

Roosevelt Colvin, Linebacker
(On his big play)
I just tried to get off the ball as fast as I could and I had the opportunity to stop the play. I stripped the ball and the ball was there. It was a big play.

(On the return of Bruschi)
I think he accomplished exactly what he set out to do. He came out and performed at a high level. Tedy was Tedy tonight.

Willie McGinest, Linebacker
(On the return of Bruschi)
It was good to see Tedy out there running around. I think he played a lot more than he thought he would. It wore him down and tested him tonight.

(On the Bills)
Buffalo is a good team. They were undefeated in our division, they have a great defense and an offense that can run the ball. It was a tough game. We are happy we won, but we can definitely play a lot better. We should have gotten off the field a lot quicker.

Dan Koppen, Offensive Line
(On tonight's game)
We really didn't do anything different from the first half to the second half We just tried to eliminate a lot of the mistakes. We have confidence in all of the guys in this locker room and when you have #12 back there you are confident you can win the game.

Asante Samuel, Cornerback
(On his INT)
I backed off of the receiver and I read the quarterback. I read the drop, dove and picked it off. It gave us momentum then Rosey (Colvin) came back and got a strip sack and that was huge. Finally, we get two turnovers and they were big in this game.

(On the return of Bruschi)
It was awesome. His leadership ability and play making ability – it is just good to have him back. He knows the defense well. He has been here about 20 years! He is a Massachusetts favorite and they gave us momentum too. From when we came out and every time they said his name the fans were screaming.

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