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Patriots Postgame Quotes

LAMONT JORDAN, RB

*On planning on getting a lot of carries on a day like this *
I knew once we got here and the wind was blowing and the goalposts were tilted sideways that it's going to be another game. We practiced in it and we've prepared for it and I think it shows by us going out there and getting the victory.

*On these being the craziest conditions Jordan has played in
*No, I mean its football. It's football weather. This isn't baseball. We're not going to cancel the game because there is rain. We're not going to cancel the game because there is wind. I guess that's why it's called the gridiron. We're going out there and we're going to get it done. No matter what the conditions are, unless there is lightning, we're going to go out there and play football and we've done that for the past four weeks.

*On rooting for some of his ex-teammates on the Jets *
Well, we have to hope that Brett Favre is as great as the media makes him to be. We've just got to go out there and get on the plane and hope that the two teams that we need to win, at least one of them goes out there and takes care of business. We know we're a playoff caliber team. We had some slip ups along the way. Our job is done right now. We just have to wait, see what happens and hope for the best.

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI, K

On what he was trying to do on the26 yard field goal
I was trying to make the kick. I thought I was close enough to where the wind wouldn't affect it that much. Obviously, I was wrong. It wasn't doing it like that in warm-ups. I hit it where I wanted to hit it and it felt good coming off my foot. You can't beat Mother Nature. It is what it is. I'm just glad I made the other two.

On the game being about wind management
I'm sure the whole game plan was. You'll have to ask Coach about that but we talked a lot about it. It's definitely a factor when the winds are going over 40 and 50 miles per hour. It's not like it was one way. The winds kept switching in and out. It was insane and I'm lucky I didn't miss all three of them. I'm pretty happy I made two of them.

On it being difficult to wait and see if the Patriots are in the playoffs
We don't want to think about that. We won. We'll find out what's going on in a couple hours here. We're not going to let worrying get in our way of celebrating the win.

On what it means to go through all of this adversity and make the playoffs
We're not worried about injuries. Just the chance to get in the tournament will be good for the team playing good. We just want a chance to get in the tournament and a chance to move on.

DAN KOPPEN, C

*On considering this Bill Belichick's greatest coaching season
*I think he does a great job every year. You'll have to ask Bill (Belichick) on that. Bill puts a lot of time and effort into each game every week. It seems like when the season is done he's spending more time in the office working on next year, so you can't say enough about him.

*On it being Belichick's best year based on what went wrong this year
*That's for you guys to decide. We go out and play and (Belichick) does a great job of getting us ready every week. That's simple and easy to see but he's a football coach.

On it being tough to be in the position of waiting to see if the team makes the playoffs
It is what it is. We did what we could control today and we can't control anything else. We just have to wait and see how it plays out and by the time we get home maybe we'll know a little bit more.

*On having this win not assure you of anything
*It's different but I think 11-5 right now is a great season and this team has nothing to be disappointed with. I think we can walk out of this locker room with our hats high. It is what it is and we'll see where we go from here.

JUNIOR SEAU, LB

On having their playoff status uncertain
We have the waiting game. We have to be patient with it and see what happens. Obviously there was a journey that had a quest on going out and fighting set at the beginning of the season that was for 16 guaranteed games. So we'll see what happens.

On if in his career he's ever played in conditions like today
No I have not. The wind was a big factor. It really was. With snow and things like that, you're still able to go ahead and run some routes, throw the ball and what have you. It definitely was a run type of game and to tell you the truth it played into my hands and I kind of liked that kind of game.

*On if the team can be happy with an 11 win season and not make the playoffs
*We have to be. I mean we have no choice. Obviously when you start in May, March and May, I mean you obviously have a season that you have to go out and obviously try to do the best you can. Well this is the end of the road and until we get to tomorrow, we won't know what our faith is.

On the feeling of making the playoffs
Well, we'll just go back to work. We'll just go back to work. There's no parade, there's no confetti in the air. We'll just see each other again. And that's probably the biggest thing for us. This could be the last time we ever huddle. This could be the last time we ever have this type of locker room because everything changes. This is the National Football League and we all know about that revolving door, going in and out.

On his shorten year thus far with the Patriots.
The mini journey has been great. I really appreciate it and if anything I'm really grateful to be apart of this.

On the craziest moment for him in the wind
Well there was this one time when I was running, and there was a gust of wind that was behind me and it felt like (Gary) Guyton and (Jerod) Mayo. I kind of picked up more speed than I can handle. So I felt young. It was really fun.

On going into the wind
Going into the wind I just felt like Junior.

On the thoughts of his career ending if they don't make it to the playoffs
I haven't even thought that far. I'm just really just kind of gathering in and embracing the moment. We'll work on that.

On the team getting this far after being counted out once Tom Brady went down
Well this is a testament to the players, the coaches and the leader of this team which is Bill Belichick. They've done a hell of a job keeping us in the running and giving us hope. We had that with four games winning out and we'll see what happens from here. For the most part, this is one of the most impressive jobs that I've seen that a head coach can ever do.

WES WELKER, WR

*On how windy the conditions were
*Enough to affect the game. We tried to handle it the best we could and play good situational football and for the most part we did that and we were able to come away with a victory.

On how much of the game was wind management
A lot of it. As far as special teams goes, being able to pass the ball. We ran a lot of two-tight type sets and things like that and just trying to run the ball and move the ball that way and run some time off the clock until we got our opportunity to really get the wind to our back.

On going up against the wind and knowing as a receiver that most of the game he was going to be blocking
I mean you got to do what you got to do in any particular situation. The game was what it was and you had to make sure that you were going out and doing your job each and every play whether it is blocking or going out for passes or whatever it is. You just have to make sure that you are executing to the best of your ability.

On how big the fourth down run from quarterback Matt Cassel meant to the momentum of the football team
That was big. And obviously he saw an opening and it was one of those deals. Getting him some opportunities to give a run-pass check and he saw he had an opening and he ran the ball and it was a good play for us.

Thought process on waiting to see how their playoff status pans out
Yea we'll just wait and see.

On what it says about this team by overcoming the adversity of the games conditions
Yea you just do what you can. Obviously we did what we could and just getting the wins that we needed to and from here it is just a waiting game.

On if this would be a disappointing season if they miss the playoffs at 11-5
It is what it is. You can't change anything.

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