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Patriots Postgame Quotes

New England Patriots players comment on their 31-14 win over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, November 22, 2009.

Jerod Mayo, Linebacker
(On the defense)

"The defensive backs did an excellent job today along with the defensive line by putting pressure on the quarterback. The guys made some plays and we got the win. "

(On comparing this game to the first game)

"I can't really answer that question because I didn't play in the first game. From watching film they came out of the third and fourth quarter and moved the ball. In the first game we still made plays but we made crucial plays this week."

(On the defense setting the tone for the game)

"It was really important for us to come out early and set the tone. We jumped on them early which was very important but we kind of struggled coming out of half time and they moved the ball on us. We are going to go back and make some adjustments for next week."

Brandon Meriweather, Safety
(On Leigh Bodden's interception for a touchdown in the beginning of the game)

"Leigh played great coverage and he just happened to step in front of a pass that [Jerrico] Cotchery thought he was going to get. Leigh does it all the time in practice but it just happened to come all together in this game. "

(On if the defensive backs have started to get in a rhythm)

"I think we are getting close to it. I don't think we found it and still have a lot of work to do but I think we are coming very close to it."

(On if the Jets were trying to force passes after they fell behind)

"I don't think so. They stayed within their game plan which was to run the ball and then hit us with a play action pass and that's what they did."

(On if Mark Sanchez made bad decisions)

"Sanchez usually takes care of the ball a lot better. He threw a couple picks, but what quarterback doesn't? Even Brady throws picks, but Sanchez is a good quarterback and he is just young."

(On facing the undefeated Saints next week)

"It's great to play against another good team because it makes you practice a little harder and focus a little more. It makes you go to the next level a little more."

(On facing the Jets for the second time)

"This is the second time we played them. The more you get to play against somebody, the more of a feel you get for them."

(On Leigh Bodden's three interception game)

"To be honest with you man, I don't know what was up with that. Leigh had a great day. Leigh had a great day. I don't want to take anything from Leigh. Leigh practiced hard. He watched a lot of film this week and it showed. They say you do what you do in practice. You know, so he had a good week of practice and a good game."

(On what Leigh Bodden's interceptions were a product of)

"I think it was more of Leigh being in good position, having great coverage on the receivers than [Mark] Sanchez making bad decisions."

(On what this win says about the team bouncing back after a loss)

"It says a lot. You know, we don't linger on things. We kind of let things go as we get going. We play each week as it comes. We let that game go and got onto the Jets. Just like we're feeling to celebrate tonight and let this game go and get onto New Orleans."

Dan Koppen, Center
(On the offensive line's performance)

"Individually we broke down a few times but that happens in games. Even with good players things are going to happen. For the most part things were good and we got the win. "

(On if this game meant a lot to the team)

"Everyone from the first day was zeroed in on trying to get a win and it turned out good for us."

(On running the ball well today)

"You have to keep a balance to keep the defense on their heals a little bit. Changing it up on them really helped us and the coaches did a really good job with play calling today and Brady sat back in the pocket and did what he could."

(On how great it is to see the best players at their position face off)

"[Darrelle] Revis is a young kid who really has come on and became the top corner in this league. His play this year has really showed it but Randy is Randy. He can go out there and play with the best of them."

Mark LeVoir, Tackle
(On picking up the Jets' blitz)

"The goal is to pick it up. Obviously, you just trying to get your guy blocked and then try to get rid of the ball quickly."

(On stepping in to play left tackle)

"That's just part of my job, to play both tackles, so if we're unfortunate to have somebody go down, I can step in and play."

(On Laurence Maroney's performance)

"Laurence is a competitor, he's a great player. As you saw today, he ran hard, as all of our running backs did."

(On attacking the Jets defense)

"Obviously, their defense speaks for itself with what they've done this year. The coaches put together a great game plan against their team. We executed it well and came out with a big victory."

Jonathan Wilhite, Cornerback(On the secondary's strong performance)

"Leigh [Bodden] played tremendous tonight. And not just him, there were a lot of guys. Pertaining to the win, I think the defense is coming along and the most important thing is to get better every week. I feel like we're getting our hands on more balls and just competing."

(On keeping the Jets' running game in check)

"You watch film on the Jets and everybody knows they can run the ball real good. I think Vince [Wilfork] and the guys up front did a heck of a job. Every run play there was a 'pow.' Thomas [Jones] ran the ball good. I just feel like we're proud of this victory, it means a lot to the team and also the defense."

Adalius Thomas, Linebacker(On the biggest difference between Sunday's win and the loss to the Jets earlier in the season)

"I think we started faster. Started faster, created more turnovers. We won the turnover war, I think that's the biggest thing. I think that's really it. It's just about playing better football consistently."

(On if the win helps the team get over last week's loss)

"What last week? (laughter) I mean, it's always that way. Even after a win, we always think we have to move forward from this game. The only thing that was going to help us was coming in here and getting a win. This definitely makes it better. You couldn't let last week beat us twice. We came here and were focused on the Jets."

(On when you know you have moved on from a bad loss)

"I think it's just a state of mind, like a process. I don't think it's one thing that you do or say, I think it's just something that happens over a period of time. It's 'I just want to get this done and over with and move forward.' That's what we did. We knew [the Jets were] a division opponent, which made it that much more important because we had lost to them once already this year. So we didn't want to lose to them twice."

(On the mentality of the team when the Jets pulled to within 10 points)

"We just said we have to finish. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. It's got to be 60 minutes of football. You've got to get that killer mentality. When you have a team down, you have to keep them down."

(On if he had his most productive game of the season Sunday)

"I don't know, you tell me (laughs). It is what it is. Certain games, you have good games. As we call it, you eat more than you do in other games. But I think I made more plays today than I have in the past, so I would say yes."

(On Leigh Bodden's career day)

"Yeah, I didn't know today was December 25 (laughter). I mean, three fair catches. But I mean, great. It's very rare to get a day like that, so hats off to him."

Pierre Woods, Linebacker
(On the play of Leigh Bodden)

"I think it was a conspiracy or something, with three wide-open fair catches, two were on a knee, one was right there to him and he ran it in for a touchdown. He had a great game. As a defensive back or any other player, you wish you could have a game like that. Big ups to Leigh."

(On the differences between today and the September game versus the Jets)

"It was a lot different. The guys went out there and were starving. We were out there being hungry, just trying to eat Jets. "

(On next week's matchup with the Saints)

"We have a big task this week. We just played the Jets and this game is over. Now we have to move on to playing a team that's 10-0. They're undefeated. They have a potent offense, the defense is pretty good, so they're doing their job."

Kevin Faulk, Running Back
(On bouncing back after the loss to the Colts)

"It's very difficult, but at the same time, that's what makes your team and that's how you know what team you have. It was a very emotional and physical loss we had last week, but at the same time, we knew as a team that we were coming back to play a team that beat us the last time we played them, so we had to really focus and tune in."

(On if the September loss to the Jets played a role in the team's mindset)

"I'm not going to say it played a big role but at the same time, it played a role. You have to take it for what it's worth. It's a football game and we want to win."

(On if the game was the most complete game the Patriots have played this season)

"You forgot about one aspect of the game and that's special teams. That's a key factor, and from watching the film, I'm pretty sure Coach [Belichick] is going to have some corrections. We have to go over that and make sure we don't have more corrections."

(On the play of the offensive line)

"They were there to keep us in the game and hold their own. That's what they're here for. Coach [Belichick] always says he doesn't keep guys here that he doesn't believe can do the job when another guy goes down."

Julian Edelman, Wide Receiver(On his contributions to the offense)

"Any time you're out there with 81 [Randy Moss] and 83 [Wes Welker], it's a lot of fun watching those guys play and helping the team and contributing in any way I can. I think I had three catches, but as long as I contribute to the team and help them, that's my job."

(On his big first down catch in the fourth quarter)

"You don't really remember plays like that, you just kind of do it. You go with the flow. I knew I had to get a couple more yards, and I stumbled and kind of jumped a little, and that was it."

(On the team's mindset after the loss to the Colts)

"I remember in college, before being in New England, our coach always reminded us after a loss that you have to be like New England and bounce back and win out that next game. You never lose two in a row. That tells you something about this franchise. When you lose, you have to have a short memory, as we emphasized this week with Junior [Seau] saying that. We had a short memory and we went out there and we played a solid game."

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