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Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  October 18, 2009 10:13 PM

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LB Junior Seau
On his return:
“That [tonight] was my training camp…what I did the last eight months was basically training for the chance and a choice. The chance was if Bill [Belichick] ever called, I would work out enough where I can have a choice. Because if I didn’t work out, there wouldn’t be a choice.”

On getting back into game shape: “You’re never going to be able to be in football shape. But what you can do is get to a point where you’re conditioned--number one--mentally and physically. Emotionally, you know, it’s going to come. It’s going to come. Today was a good start.”

S Brandon Meriweather
On if the team thought the game was lopsided:
“To be honest I didn’t really know what the score was until we went in for half time. I just knew that the defense was playing good and we wanted to keep it up. ”

On what the team will take out of this game: "There is good and bad in everything. We took good out of last week and took bad out of last week as well. We are going to take some good things out of this week and also take the bad things about this week. We are just looking forward to playing next week.”

CB Darius Butler
On the reception his teammates gave him after his interception:
“It means a lot. It means that they support me. It was my first interception, so it was a big one. And obviously it meant a little more to me because of the news that happened last night [regarding Jasper Howard], so it was huge.”

On if the news about former Connecticut teammate Jasper Howard’s death was on his mind at all during the game: “Here and there. I was definitely focused on the game, but obviously something that serious was in the back of my mind.”

CB Leigh Bodden
On the defense getting several takeaways:
"The defense definitely stepped up; got a lot of turnovers today and helped put the offense in position and give the offense the ball a lot so they could do a lot of things. It just goes hand-in-hand, we played a big game today.”

RB Laurence Maroney
On the Patriots’ win today:
“It really wasn’t about me. As a team, we played a great game. We played a complementary game, offense and defense. I had a good game, but it was more of the team had a good game.”

On his first quarter touchdown run: “Especially with the conditions, you have to be patient and let the blocks happen, because a lot of things are going to be a lot slower because people are running and trying to keep their footing. I knew it wasn’t going to be a real fast, fast game. I knew it was going to be more patient and downhill and hopefully you slip through some tackles.”

On if his 100-yard game helped to build his confidence: “One thing I never did was lose confidence in myself. I knew with the right opportunities, we can go out there and I can do my thing. I never lost confidence, but after a game like this it does make me feel good.”

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