Here's what quarterback Tom Brady had to say after today's victory. Video by Steve Silva.
Below is the full text of his postgame Q&A, provided by the Patriots' media relations staff.
Q: How does it feel to be 6-1?
TB: It feels great. We won. It was a tough battle out there. Theyíve got a damn good team and we just kept fighting. We made some big plays there in the second half. Itís good to win. Itís good to beat good teams. I think you leave a game like this [against] a team that has as many talented players as they haveÖit was a battle. I hope [Brett] Favre is ok.
Q: Can you talk about your touchdown to Brandon Tate and how you got out of that trap?
TB: I was looking for Wes [Welker] and then I came back to Brandon. Brandon had just wheeled and went up the sideline and made a great play to uncover. I just caught a glimpse of him as I turned out of it and threw it up there. He was wide open and he made a great catch and a great run. He's so dangerous in the open field. Heís tough to tackle. It was great to see the back of his jersey running. That was pretty sweet.
Q: Is 6-1 where you thought this team would be at this point in the year?
TB: I donít know. Thereíre so many things that have happened over the course of this season: injuries and a guy like Randy leaving, bringing a guy like Deion [Branch] in and Woody [Danny Woodhead] in, who have been big contributors for us. Itís the way itís always been around here: Itís really one game at a time and to think past that wonít work on this team. It doesnít work for any team. With as many young guys as we have on this team, we need to think about today and then tomorrow and not get too far ahead of ourselves. Coach always says, ĎSix games gets you nothing in this league,í which is true. So weíve won six games, [but] if we have six wins at the end of the year, then we havenít done anything. Thereís a lot of football left. Weíve got a big game coming up this week on the road.
Q: Can you talk about the two conversions you had on that last drive to Welker and then to Woodhead?
TB: Those were big. Getting the ball to Wes is important. He always comes up with the plays. On the one to Woody, they were blitzing and he came out of there and saw him kind of flash open. He made a great catch and broke a great tackle to get the yards we needed for the first down. An 80-yard drive there in a critical situation, thatís something that weíve been missing a little bit this year. Itís good to come out of it knowing we can convert on those plays.
Q: Are you impressed with the teamís mental toughness and the ability to improve?
TB: Weíre winning close games. Weíre winning tough games and I think thatís what it takes. Youíve got to win on the road. Youíve got to beat good teams. Youíve got to win when you're down. Youíve got to come from behind in the fourth quarter. Youíve got to keep the lead when you have it in the fourth quarter. All those things we talk about. Coach Belichick stands up here and talks to us and thatís what he really preaches. I think itís nice when we can go out on the field and execute it.
Q: Can you talk about all of the young guys you have on the team this year? Are you surprised how productive they are being? Thatís not always how it goes.
TB: I think theyíre kind of there learning as theyíre going. And itís up to the older guys to really do our job as well. There are a lot of young guys. We have plenty of veteran guys, too, though, that are great examples of what we need. Guys like Wes and Deion for the receiver group. A guy like Alge [Crumpler] for the tight end group. Guys like Sammy [Morris], Freddy [Taylor] and Kevin [Faulk] for the running back group. The O-line is a bunch of veterans. Within each group there are people that really lead the way and the young guys are doing a great job of taking the leadership and doing something with it. All those guys are contributing and weíre going to need it all year.
Q: You guys had nine carries for nine yards at half time. What were the adjustments that you made at halftime?
TB: I donít know. I donít know. I just listen to the run plays and call them, so I donít know what they saw. They found a few things that were working. It was good. You're right, Benny [Green-Ellis] had a huge game and made some big runs. I think Alge is a frigginí great blocker. Heís a dominating blocker in there. The O-line played great. No sacks against a front like that is pretty impressive. [I] had great time all day to make some throws and guys in the passing game came up great, too, so it was a great effort.