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Patriots Postgame Quotes

New England Patriots players comment on their 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, November 8, 2009.

Randy Moss, Wide Receiver

(On his 71-yard touchdown reception)

"Just a play, just we executed. It was the play we called and everybody did what they had to do and 71 yards later it was a touchdown. So you really have to commend all 11 guys, because I've said once before, if you got 11 guys working together, anything is possible. That's what we tried to do here, is just execute on offense and everybody did everything right on that play and you saw the results."

(On what he saw when lining up on the play)

"Well, Wes [Welker] was on the other side and he took the safety to this side, so the good thing about it is we run decoy routes, we got other people open and when good things happen we all get a pat on the back."

Stephen Gostkowski, Kicker

(On keeping the ball out of Ted Ginn's hands with touchbacks)

"That was huge, just a couple of plays that we didn't have to go out there and cover. We saw on the first kick that he was pretty dangerous, running around everybody. It's just a good day for special teams when you can contain a guy like that, especially him coming off a week like [last week]. Just to get the win, it feels pretty good."

(On kicking another touchback after one was nullified by an offsides penalty)

"It was pretty cool. I was pretty upset that that one got called back. But then everyone was like, 'Just do it again,' and I said, 'Alright, I'll try.'"

(On the reception he got from his teammates after that play)

"Well, we've got guys who appreciate good special teams. The kickoffs, the punt coverages can't be very good if we don't kick good. Bill [Belichick] makes a big point about special teams being a big part of the game and he says that in front of everybody. And everyone realizes how big it can be and they were pretty excited about it."

(On the unseasonably pleasant weather Sunday)

"It was beautiful, it was a make-up day for the Tennessee game (laughter). It's always nice to have good weather and to be able to capitalize on the good weather and have a good day kicking is even better."

Wes Welker, Wide Receiver

(On the Dolphins' young cornerbacks)

"They're really talented. Obviously there's some inexperience and a learning curve, but they're some talented guys and definitely going to be some good corners in this league for years to come and guys we're going to have to battle against."

(On Randy Moss' ability to run after the catch on his long touchdown)

"Being able to stiff-arm that guy and then get his legs up; he's a savvy player and knows when players are around. And he was able to turn that into a big play for us where we needed an answer and he really came through on that."

(On having at least 50 catches for a third-straight season with the Patriots)

"I don't know. It's actually the fourth [overall], but who's counting? (laughter) It's definitely humbling, but at the same time, you just go out there and do your job on a daily basis."

(On the Dolphins always being tougher than everyone expects)

"We knew they were a good team. Their record may not have indicated it, but they played some tough games in the early part of the season. We knew we were going to have our hands full and we knew we were going to have to go out there and play really well and we were able to do enough to get the win."

Jerod Mayo, Linebacker

(On today's win)

"We came out with stops when we needed to and we also came away with the win. We are happy about that, but like I said we have a lot of work to do and get back to the drawing board."

(On why the Wildcat offense is so effective)

"I'm not sure. We had a little problem tackling but we made a couple of adjustments and got better later in the game."

(On facing Pat White as QB compared to Chad Henne)

"You definitely have to respect the way he runs. He can run the ball and pass it as well. He is a dual threat QB and any time you face a guy like that you have to take it into account."

(On how big today's game was)

"It was great to get a win inside the division like this. Those guys were undefeated in the division and we really needed this one."

Adalius Thomas, Linebacker

(On some new looks in the Wildcat offense today)

"It was just a new wrinkle they added to it. They always have some type of wrinkle so we talked on the sideline and adjusted to it. It hurt us a little bit with missed assignments but other than that I thought we did a pretty good job."

(On how did the Patriots focus on defending the Wildcat offense before the game)

"You always have to prepare for it cause they have the Wildcat and it wasn't like we didn't know it was coming. We just prepared for it but they added a new wrinkle to it like every team is going to do. Just like last year when the first time we saw the Wildcat was against us and the first time we saw the option play was against us as well. They always have something special for us and I guess we are their coming out party."

(On his fumble return for a TD being overturned)

"I was heart broken. I was trying to get the field goal kicked and everything as fast as possible. You always play to the end of the play because you don't see what happened. All I knew was that the ball was on the ground so I picked it up and do what comes natural. It's not often that a defensive player gets the ball in his hands so when you do you want to take advantage of it and get the points on the board and help the team win."

Nick Kaczur, Tackle

(On feeding off the play of the defense)

"They're going to get it done, one way or the other. We just have to go out there and back them up and find a better way to score right back. We feed off them."

(On the win over Miami)

"It helps. Obviously division wins are key. This one put us ahead a little bit. It's far from over, but it's a step in the right direction."

(On the play of center Dan Connelly)

"I think he did a great job. Dan's been around for awhile and he stepped up and did real well."

Brandon Meriweather, Safety

(On learning from last year's loss vs. Miami)

"Last year, we panicked, we didn't stay focused and we were all over the place. This year, we were more like a veteran team. We stayed calm, we listened to the coaches and we let the coaches coach and the players play."

(On the divisional win)

"It was a huge game for both teams. Whoever won the game led the division. Last year, Miami stepped up and won the division and this year we have a chance. You always control your own destiny. Miami still controls their own destiny. It's still a game where you have to go out and play every game, we still have to beat other teams, we still have to play the Colts and the rest of the teams."

(On playing the Colts next week)

"I'm happy to play football. It just gets a little more exciting when you get to play against one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game [Peyton Manning]. He's great, he has a lot of great players, they have a lot of good role players and they have a good team. Today, I think they won, so they're another undefeated team that we play. We're excited to go into the challenge and we're going to study hard and come to play."

Leigh Bodden, Cornerback

(On entering the fourth quarter with the lead)

"That's definitely what you want, to play with the lead. You can do a lot of things with the defense and that's a credit to the offense. That's why we have a good offense and it's good to have an offense like that."

(On Miami's time of possession in the third quarter)

"They had a long drive. Guys were maybe a little winded, but not too much. Me personally, I wasn't, but that's the name of the game. It doesn't matter. Sudden changes and things happen in the NFL and we have to go out and do our job and stop them and that's what we did."

(On next week's game against the Colts)

"We just have to get healthy, get prepared. When we come back on Monday, we'll watch the film and see what we can do better and move on to Indy. It doesn't matter about anyone's record - the NFL is tough - but we'll be prepared."

Patrick Chung, Safety

(On his sack of Chad Henne)

"Without 10 [other] guys on the field I don't get that sack. Anybody's eyes light up. It's once in a lifetime you get an open gap like that and you have to take the opportunity. He was throwing some good balls. He's a good quarterback and he has a good arm."

Logan Mankins, Guard

(On Jason Ferguson not starting for the Dolphins)

"We didn't know until today, so that was a new surprise to us."

(On the Patriots controlling their own destiny at home)

"Yeah. It's always you win your division games and you win some other big games and conference games you control a lot of your own destiny. Those are important games to win. If you just look at last year we lost a lot of those games and that's why we were home in January."

(On the game being a typical AFC East game)

"They know us. We know them. It's going to be physical and it's going to come down to the last half quarter and that's what it came down to today."

Kyle Arrington, Cornerback

(On finding out that he had been signed from the practice squad)

"My agent, actually, gave me a call on Wednesday and right after practice, everything seemed to happen so fast that day, but it was a great feeling."

(On finding out he was going to be active today)

"This morning, about two hours before kickoff, that I would be dressing."

(On if he was nervous)

"Throughout the week I was getting ready, Bill [Belichick] told me to come into every game and prepare to play. When you're like that 52-53 [on the roster] guy, you're not sure if you're going to dress every game but you want to be prepared like you will."

(On warming up with the running backs)

"Oh, that was 'pat and go' with the receivers and running backs. We're so deep in the secondary that to make the lines even, that was just one of those things. But don't get me wrong; I play both sides of the ball."

Ty Warren, Defensive Lineman

(On defending the option)

"There's so much attention paid to it over the course of the last year, but they're still running it effectively on some of the plays that they run. As a linemen, I'm not the guy who has the pitch man or anything, but basically you just have to play what's going on in front of you."

(On learning from past experience against the Wildcat)

"We just put so much into what we've seen in previous weeks, in what we break down and in what we think is going to happen in the game. Then, when something else happens, it's like studying for a test in college. I've done it ... you study all week, all week. Maybe you studied for multiple choice, but then you get an essay. So now it's like you're kind of caught off guard. That goes from the top to the bottom. That's kind of what happened the first time."

Sebastian Vollmer, Tackle

(On his performance against Joey Porter and help from Mark LeVoir)

"He's a great football player. I just tried to play well and execute. Everything else we'll see on film. We did a lot of things. I don't know how many plays we ran with different blocking schemes, but there were times when Mark helped."

Tully Banta-Cain, Linebacker

(On combating Miami's constantly changing offensive game plan)

"The key is that you don't want to be out there thinking too much. You just want to play fast. That's why I say it just comes back to playing fundamentals and just playing what they give you and not chasing ghosts."

(On the defending the Wildcat as the game goes on)

"I wouldn't say its gets easier, but I would say you're more alert, because especially if they have success with it, they can run it out of so many different looks. You just try to not over think it and take what they give you"

(On what was going through his mind during Randy Moss' touchdown)

"That was a huge play for us. We really let a drive slip away from us. We had a lead the majority of the game and we let that slip away. So to see the offense come back and score showed a lot of resiliency from our team and that put us back on top."

Brandon McGowan, Safety

(On stepping into his role as a solid defensive player)

"I haven't done anything. I do my job, you know. Everything else just kind of rolls up you know? "

(On how much time he gets to enjoy the win)

"It's over- and then on to next week...try to get everybody healthy and focus on the Colts."

(On struggling early against the Wildcat...)

"A couple of us got out of our gaps and missed some tackles, but we came together and shut it down a little bit. We still need to do a better job though.

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