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Patriots Postgame Quotes

A safety was the difference in New England's 19-17 win over the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium.  The following players commented on the Patriots win.

Matt Light, Offensive Tackle
(On first play of the game)
That first play of the game was a situation where I should have squeezed that guy. It's just recognizing things like that. Those are the kind of things you just can't do and since those things were done, I think that's what put us in the hole.

(On comeback)
It's never going to be easy to come back from 10 points down at halftime but it was a great effort in the second half. We obviously turned it around.

(On running game)
I think our backs have always been one of the biggest parts of this team as far as the offensive side of the ball is concerned. Those guys just went out there and did what they did all preseason. They're a hardworking group.

(On Maroney)
He showed a lot out there. He's the kind of guy that knows he has a huge responsibility to come in here as a rookie and make an impact, and he has a heck of a tutor. He did his job. He did a great job.

Reche Caldwell, Receiver
(On first game with Patriots)
It felt good to go out there for the first time and play. I thought I played OK but I still have a lot more to learn. I need to get better everyday and improve everyday.

(On lack of active receivers)
That's what we've been doing all week. The guys that we have, we have to go out there and execute what we have to execute and get the job done the best that we can.

(On committing just one penalty as a team)
That's good. That's always good. I think that was on me. That's not good [laughter]. We had 12 men in the huddle and I was the 12th man in the huddle. I wasn't supposed to be in there, so that's not good.

(On pressure from Deion Branch's absence)
We don't feel any pressure. We just go out there and try to do our best. We'd love to have him, but he's not here so we just go out there and play our game. Every position is being watched so we just have to go out there and do our job and execute our assignment.

(On second half passing improvement)
We just executed better in the second half. The quarterback was being pressured a lot and there were a lot of blitzes. We picked them [the blitzes] up in the second half, ran good routes, and caught the ball.

Kevin Faulk, Running Back
(On deficit)
You can't panic. You panic and you'll blow a fuse. You just have to be normal, be calm, adjust and go back out there and see if you adjusted well.

(On touchdown catch)
It was a good one because it was the next one.

(On difficulty executing passing game)
Not consistent. We weren't consistent. We just didn't do our job consistently.

(On Maroney)
He ran the ball well, got yards and he did his job.

(On depth in the backfield)
We have always had a nice little stable of backs here. With the addition of Laurence [Maroney], it makes you even stronger.

(On fourth-and-one stop)
That's what they're supposed to do. That's what our defense does. And when they stop them, we have to drive the ball down the field.

Don Davis, Linebacker
(On stop on fourth down)
It was a good job by the defensive line. When we get down there, we want to stop the run. So I have to give all the credit to the defensive line. They kept everybody off. All I had to do was make the tackle.

It's just a simple goal line play where they try to give it to the tailback and it's just a power play. Everybody's running through and it's just us against them. And whoever is going to hold up, that's what it's going to be. We take a lot of pride in that. We've been practicing it but we haven't had a lot of work at it in the preseason [games]. But here it is and we made the play, so it was a good job all around.

(On what the huddle was like beforehand)
We wanted to make a statement. We started out not playing as well as we'd like to, but that was a critical point in the game, and if you make plays at those critical points, it gives your offense and your team a chance to win.

(On the momentum change after halftime)
Absolutely. We came in at halftime and said, 'All right, we played bad football [in the first half]. We're down by 10. Let's go out and play the way we know how to play." We go out there [after the half] and you just felt it from the first play all the way through and everybody stepped up.

Stephen Gostkowski, Kicker
(On the condition of the field)
When you're out there on the field you don't really think about it. Before warm-ups you check it out and get a feel for it. That's when you really work on what you need to do to adjust. You find out what you have to do, find the different spots that are bad and wear the proper equipment, the spikes that you need, and during the game that should be the last thing on your mind.

(On field goal)
Any kick feels important to make. When other people look at it, they say there's some pressure, but it seemed the same to me.

(On first game)
The first game is always the toughest. You don't know what to expect. The regular season has so much more pressure. The way the fans get into it more and everything like that. It was really exciting. I had a really fun time.

Rosevelt Colvin, OLB(On the first play fumble)
You don't expect to start off the game with a strip sack for a touchdown and go 10 plays on defense and be down 10 – 0, so that's not what we were looking for and I think you need to give those guys credit. They came in and tried to do the things they wanted to do.

(On how the defense felt after the fumble)
As a defense we need to do our part and the offense has to do theirs, and special teams needs to do theirs and individually we need to go out there and do the best you can so collectively as a whole we look good.

(On team chemistry)
The guys stuck together and that's what you need. You need to go through some adversity and it's better to go through it now than later on. We showed some character and I hope it continues to build throughout the season.

(On the safety)
You know safeties are something that don't come often, and I think I have been a part of only one other safety in my entire football career. It's big because you produce points and you also get the ball back and it turned out to be the difference in the game. You know it was a huge play.

(On the win)
Anytime you win in the NFL you should feel fortunate. You don't expect to start the game with a strip sack for a touchdown, go ten plays on defense and [they] kick a field goal and be down 10-0. That's not what we're looking for. You have the give the Bills credit. They came in and did the things that they wanted to. But [we] stuck together. You have to go through some adversity, and better to go through it now than later on. We showed some character, and hopefully it continues to build throughout the season.

(On the second half adjustments)
I think we settled down. If you look at the Super Bowl and the playoffs, if you get caught up in the hype and caught up in trying to do too much to make a play guys are out of position—one guy this play one guy the next play, and you end up getting gassed. I think everybody settled down [in the second half], tried to figure out what they've been doing wrong and tried to go back to playing technique. And you saw the results.

(On the Bills scoring at the start of game)
There's nothing [the defense] can do about it. But we sort of allowed them to capitalize on it by letting them go drive down the field and kick field goal. Us as a defense, we have to do our part. The offense has to do theirs and the special teams has to do theirs. Individually you have to go out there and try to so the best you can. The first couple of minutes in the first quarter wasn't what like we looked like in the past as the Patriots and is not what we're looking for in the future.

(On the safety)
Safeties are something that don't come very often. I think I've probably been part of one safety in my entire career. It's big because it's important to give your offense the ball back. It turned out to be the difference in the game. It was a huge play… That's what this defense is about. When you have an opportunity to make a play, you make it… [Ty Warren] stepped up on that play and some other guys stepped up on some other plays.

Laurence Maroney, RB
(On first game performance)
It was a good feeling to just go out there and have fun. We have a great offensive line and great receivers who block down field. I was just running off what I see.

(On any surprises in first NFL game)
I can just tell the game was a little bit faster than what I have been seeing in preseason, but it's still the same thing, it's still football.

(On if he is being used in certain packages)
No, it's just that they happen to be the plays I'm in on.

(On how he and Corey Dillon play off each other)
I think we work well. He'll do something and I'll do something and we feed off each other's energy and both of us get the job done. We both run two totally different ways, so we keep the defense off balance and they don't know who is in the game. He runs one way and I run one way, and we keep fresh legs in the game while they are still out there getting tired.

(On if he feels it was important for him to make an impact in the beginning of the game)
It was just important for me to go out there and just help the team in any way possible. Just do what I do best with the opportunities they give me.

Dan Koppen, C
(On the depth at running back)
I thought the backs ran well today. They were able to get hats on hats for the most part and you know Laurence [Maroney] and Corey [Dillon] really give us a change up so its kind of nice. Corey is really down hill and Laurence has got the shiftiness to him and the jets. It's a good thing to have but you know it's just week one so we just need to keep continuing to get better.

(On Maroney's early impact)
That's just the type of kid and player he is and he has been able to work the system in training camp and learn it and really take well to what we do. It's good to see when he comes in and plays that well. It probably gives him a boost in confidence and the offensive line as well.

(On the first half)
I think Buffalo played very tough in the first half, and after that second drive, we just didn't play our game and were making mistakes and just not doing the things we were taught and supposed to do so we came into halftime 10 points down.

(On if he thinks the running backs wore down the Buffalo defense)
I think we had confidence in the run from the start and we were able to identify what they were doing. During the first half, we were just playing stupid and you we can't do that. It's going to catch up to us, so we just need to correct that and get off to a better start next week.

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