Comments from Patriots coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and players after the game:
"It was a very tough football game against a good team. You've got to give the Colts credit. They made more plays than we did and they deserved to win. It was about as competitive a game as you can get. They just made a couple more plays than we did."
"We just let too many opportunities get away. We had the ball in good field position at certain times. We should have got the ball in the end zone. We didn't execute very well."
Receiver Reche Caldwell
"That was tough. They played for four quarters and made more plays than we did. I dropped a few critical balls that I should've had."
Linebacker Tedy Bruschi
"It was a tale of two halves, really. We had some key defensive stops and a key defensive score by Asante [Samuel]. We had a little bit of momentum going into halftime. Give credit to them. They made some great adjustments and were able to do a lot of things on us in the second half. It seemed like both defenses were doing what they could to make a stop, especially in the fourth quarter, and they got their stop to win the game."
(On his comments to Peyton Manning)
"I told him congratulations and good luck. He's a great competitor. He's always fought out there. I'm out there playing against him every time we play and he's got his heart and soul out there on the field. So I just wanted to wish him congratulations and good luck in the Super Bowl."
Linebacker Mike Vrabel
"Everyone had their opportunity there, to put the game away. Defensively, we weren't able to get much done in the second half. It's frustrating."
Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin
"We have to give credit to them. They made the plays when they were supposed to. We didn't execute in the situations when we had opportunities. As a defense, I think we have to play better than that to give ourselves a better chance to win."
Nose tackle Vince Wilfork
"The second half, they came out and played some great football. They ran the ball. They threw the ball. They play-actioned us and moved it up and down the field. We played our hearts out. That's all you can ask."
Cornerback Ellis Hobbs
"Coming out of the half, we were very lazy on defense and they just kept driving and driving on us. In the first half, we just beat their heads in. Then we came out flat and just basically let them in the game again. It's kind of like a boxing match. You keep punching, keep punching at them, and we didn't punch hard enough."
Outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain
"You don't want to get into a shootout with this type of team. They can play from ahead and behind. They can put points on the board before you know it. We had a comfortable lead but it wasn't really comfortable because they came right back."