The Seahawks secured a 31-24 victory over the Patriots on Sunday Night Football in Week 10 at Gillette Stadium. Here's what New England had to say to the media after the game:
Head Coach Bill Belichick
(Opening…)"Well, I thought that was a tremendous effort by both teams tonight. That's about as competitive of a game as you can get. Unfortunately, we just couldn't quite make enough plays and we could certainly micro analyze probably 100 plays in the game. They're all important. They're all critical. You get into a close game like that and there's a lot of things that could've made a difference one way or the other. But in the end give Seattle credit. They've got a good football team and they played just a little bit better than we did tonight and I'm proud of the way we competed."
(On sometimes having to just tip your cap to a player like Russell Wilson after a performance like the one he had…) "That's the first thing I said; the first thing I said. Give Seattle credit. They have a good football team. They're well-coached. They're very well-coached. They're tough. They compete on every play. They have a lot of good players. They have a lot of good players who play good, as we do. It can't get much more competitive than it was out there tonight but give them credit. They made more plays than we did. They did a little more than we did tonight. That's why they won. We've got to do a better job. I'm not taking anything away from them. Again, that's a good football team in all three phases of the game. They're good on offense, they're good on defense, they're good in the kicking game. Every play is competitive. There are no plays off. You've got to do a good job on every single play. That's what it takes to compete against them. You can start with [Russell] Wilson. I mean you can go right down the line. I mean whoever you want - Wilson, [Richard] Sherman, the backs, the receivers, the tight end, the front, the edge rushers, secondary, the linebackers, the kick returner. Take whoever you want. They're tough. It's not easy to make plays against them. We made a lot of them. They made a couple more so give them credit. They deserve it tonight."
QB Tom Brady
(On contact on the final play…) "I didn't see it. There's always a lot of contact with that team. Sometimes you get the call, sometimes you don't. It certainly looks like it could come down to one play, but it probably was a lot of plays in this game that we could have done a better job of. They're a good team. We knew that going in and we had to play better than the way we played. Just too careless with the ball, they weren't, and the turnovers were a big factor. We had our chances. We just didn't make enough plays."
(On struggling offensively after their first drive…) "Our execution wasn't great and they put a lot of pressure on you defensively. They've got a lot of good players and they make you earn every yard. That's what I respect about that team, that defense, and they play to the end. They've been in a lot of close games. It came down to one yard at the end and we didn't get it."
(On if anything Russell Wilson does surprises him at this point…) "He's just a great player. He made a lot of great plays tonight. He throws it great, he's got great command, and he spreads the ball around. He made some great throws tonight."
DL Trey Flowers
(On defending a quarterback like Russell Wilson...) "He's able to make plays with his legs and get guys to move around and make plays down the field. We knew that coming in, so we really tried to force that going into practice and things like that, but he's a playmaker, so you've got to give it to him."
CB Devin McCourty
(On Sunday's game against Seattle...)"Very physical. But we talked about it for the past two weeks about how this game's going to go all the way down to the last play. We knew it was going to be similar to the last game. Obviously we didn't know exactly how it was going to play out, but we knew both teams were going to fight. No matter what happened in the game we were just going to keep fighting and go blow for blow. I think we were prepared for it, but they just ended up making a couple more plays than us and that's what decided the game."
TE Martellus Bennett
(On Sunday's game against Seattle...) "They played good football. We knew it was going to come down to the last [play], we knew it was going to be a 60-minute game, that's one of the things we knew was going to happen. It's been like that for them all year and the last couple years it's always been 60-minute games no matter who they're playing. We knew we were going to have it at the end of the game and it was going to come down to the last couple plays."
LB Rob Ninkovich
(On the nature of a game with the Seahawks…)"A team like that, again, it's one play either way and it's the outcome of the game. So that's why when you play a good team it always come down to throughout the game there's one play here, one play there, if it goes one way it changes the outcome of the game. That's just the way it is when you play a good football team, you know that they're going to be there at the end. That goes back to how well they're coached. Again, you've got to give them credit for the things they were able to do against us. Now we move on. You've got to look to the next game that we have to play."
TE Rob Gronkowski
(On if he was looking to draw a flag on the final play of the game…)"No, I wasn't. I was going in. He was playing off me a little bit, pretty far, farther than usual. You usually don't see that, and it was a [fade], so I had to go up to him and make a little move. I wasn't trying to initiate contact actually, it just happened. I just went up to him and just tried to get on top of his toes. That's what you're taught, to get on top of the toes, make a little move and release outside. I just got up on his toes a little too much, obviously. I wasn't trying to make contact. I was just trying to make a move and get outside and catch a fade ball."
(On the big hit he took from Earl Thomas…) "Yeah, that was a big hit for sure; probably one of the hardest I've got hit in my career for sure. [It was] by a good player; a good fast player who's like a missile. It was a good, clean hit; nothing against it. I just took it and it just knocked the wind out of me a little bit, that's all. If you've ever gotten the wind knocked out of you, you know what that feels like. Just down for about a minute or two, it's a little tough to breath, but once it comes back, you're good.
(On crediting Earl Thomas for the hit…) "Yeah, it was a good, clean hit. I have no problem with it. He hit me fair and square. It's football. You're going to get laid out eventually."
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