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Postgame Quotes From The Field

Various New England Patriots players speak on the field after winning the AFC Championship on Sunday, January 22, 2012.

Vince Wilfork, Defensive Line

(On the desire of the team)
"We're hungry and very passionate about what we do and we get it. That is the good thing about this team.  This team never gives up.  I don't care what the score may look, this team never gives up and that is a championship team."

(On the key to the victory)
"Playing physical.  We knew the Ravens coming in they were going to play physical.  We knew that.  We had to match their intensity and I think we did a great job of that tonight.  Our main thing was coming out and not giving any big plays and playing for 60 minutes and we go it."

(On the feeling of going back to the Super Bowl)
"It is an unbelievable feeling.  It's hard to describe, but when you play this game this is what you play for.  Everybody starts at the bottom every year and to get to this moment right here and to win the AFC Championship and go through what we went through with Mrs. Kraft and Mr. Kraft and go through the injuries and everything just playing a big part of us getting here.  It is just unbelievable.  It's great."

Logan Mankins, Guard

(On the feeling of going to the Super Bowl)
"I've had it before and this one is better.  It is hard to explain, you're just relieved and happy.  I'm really happy we get to work again the next two weeks and that is the best part."

(On what he was doing as the Ravens final field goal was attempted)
"I was right there on the sidelines just wishing it wide left and keep going left."

(On how fortunate they were to win despite the offensive output)
"It wasn't our best day, but look we won, we are moving on and that is what it is about."

Matt Light, Tackle

(On the feeling of winning the game)
"It was a heck of a game.  It doesn't get any better than this.  We have had a heck of a season with everybody stepping up and I'm really proud of these young guys on this team.  They took everything to heart and they battled through a lot of adversity.  We won this one for a reason."

(On the performance of the defense)
"The defense to have so many guys go down and go through so much, it is a heck of a testament to the guys that are playing there up front.  The guys stepped up in the secondary and then the leadership we have at the linebacker position.  Those guys all fought hard and really had a heck of a week."

Brian Waters, Guard

(On the feeling of going to his first Super Bowl)
"I'm overjoyed.  This is an unbelievable deal.  This is probably the most excited I have been in a long time, since the birth of my children probably.  God knows this has been unbelievable and I have been truly blessed.  I appreciate my teammates and these guys welcomed me here and just gave me an opportunity to do something special."

(On the ending of the game)
"What an ending.  I don't know what to say.  Every inch counts in this game and every foot counts in this game.  We were fortunate to come out on top."

Jerod Mayo, Linebacker

(On the feeling of going to the Super Bowl)
"It is such a great feeling.  We finally got something done and hopefully we get something done one more time."

(On the defense forcing the Ravens to kick a field goal at the end)
"It is the mental toughness.  We have been talking about it all year.  Baltimore is a great team but we made a stop."

(On people questioning the defense all year and making the final stop)
"It showed the mental toughness and it showed the character of this team and this defense.  We are happy we got the win."

(On limiting the Ravens offense)
"Those guys up front did an excellent job and we made the big plays when we had to."

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