EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – More from receiver Randy Moss's press conference after the game:
Can you talk about the two plays in a row – the long passes?
“The first play, the ball was under-thrown a little bit and I tried my best to come back and get it because I saw, I don’t know if it was the cornerback or the safety, but I saw one guy fall so I knew it was my chance to try to get that catch and move the offense a little closer to the end zone. But I missed the ball and jogged back to the huddle, and the very next play they called a play that was really designed for Wes Welker to go out and get the first down, but the corner and the safety trapped Wes and tried to trap Tommy into throwing the ball there to get the ball picked off, but Tommy made a good read. All 11 guys executed the play, and I think that’s really what jumpstarted the second half.”
Was it vindication for those who questioned this team signing you? How special was it for you to break Rice’s record?
“I don’t really think that me breaking Jerry Rice’s record was special. I think shutting you guys up was really what made it special. All the negativity and all my critics, I think this really is a good feeling to be able to come in and have a good season like this, to have confidence in myself that I can still get it done. And still I really wasn’t coming into the season not thinking that I was going to have a good season. My mindset was to come out here and have a helluva of a season. Now what the numbers were, I really didn’t know. I just wanted to come up here and play some good football this year, knowing that it was my 10th year in the league. Good things happened and you see what happened.”
How about being part of a historical season like this?
“Well, I think the only thing we can do with it being a historical season is really enjoy it for 24 or no more than 48 hours. We have a tough game in the second round of the playoffs. There’s no telling who we’re going to play but you know it’s the playoffs and anything can happen. It’s just really one game at a time and if you lose, you’re out. And like I said, I think we can really enjoy this for what we’ve accomplished as a whole unit for no more than 48 hours. Then we get down to the nitty gritty and get ready for the playoffs.”
Are you going to cut the ball in half and give half to Tom Brady and keep half because you both set the TD records on the same play?
“To be honest, I suggested that. I really did. I really suggested that. Tommy was telling me, ‘No, you keep it.’ Well we both did it. ‘I give my kids one half, and you give you son the other half.’ I really don’t know what we’re going to do with the ball. I’m very blessed and fortunate to be in this position to be able to go out and do what I love to do, and that’s play football. There’s certain things in life that you don’t want to pass up, and this was an opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up. Becoming a New England Patriot and playing some real heads-up championship caliber football not only towards the end of the season, but at the beginning, the middle and the end. Now that the regular season is over, hopefully we can continue but at the same time pick up the pace a little bit.”