Linebacker Tedy Bruschi was particularly emotional in the post-game locker room tonight.
"We went through a lot this week," he said. "It was one of the tougher weeks where we had to block out everything. Hearing some of the things that were said about our teams, this team, past teams, this victory was for all Patriots, past and present.
"This is the most satisfying [win] because I've never been in a situation where people have doubted what we've done with past teams," he continued. "I've been here my entire career. I've never been with another organization. I've never had another logo on the side on my helmet. It's only been a Patriots logo. I think I care about that logo just as much, if not more, than anyone in this locker room. I care about the way it's perceived. I care about what people say about it.
"So this last week was tough. We went back to what we do, what this logo does on the side of this helmet -- however we get it done, we get it done. This week, I don't care what anyone says, it was about winning."