FOXBOROUGH -- Comments from Brett Favre's post-game press conference, as transcribed by the Patriots' media relations staff (click full entry for complete press conference):
Q: Where does this win rank in your history as a player?
BF: It ranks right up there near the top. Being in the moment, itís easy to say it may be at the top. It goes without saying how difficult it is to come here and win, not to mention the fact that the way we started versus the way regulation ended, they had all the momentum and every reason to win it. We couldíve easily folded. There were a lot of things in this game that happened based on the history, Iím sure most people were betting against us. We found a way to win the game and I think it says a lot about our team at this point. Weíve still got a lot of football left but we have to be proud of the way we played.
Q: On the 3rd and 15 play to Dustin Keller:
BF: Iíd like to give you some secret, we just called all go, four guys running vertical. I happened to look over and saw Coach Belichick telling them to get back which is no secret. They got back but they pushed towards the slot and our two guys to the left they pushed that way, it wasnít a blitz or anything like that, I wonít say blown coverage, maybe they just thought Iíd look down the middle of the field. Believe me, I was going to just buy some time and run around and make something happen and I was probably shocked as anyone.
Q: What did you say to the team before overtime began?
BF: I didnít say anything to be honest with you. What else is there to say, itís like third and two, I think everyone in the building knew if we got a first down that it was over. I give the Patriots a lot of credit, I do. They had situations where I know they were thinking hey, itís ours. It got to the point where there was nothing that needed to be said. We have a lot of veteran guys, guys that want to win and knew what was at stake. It was just a matter of making plays.
Q: What was the emotion like on the Jets sideline when the Patriots tied the game?
BF: Quiet. I couldnít watch. I saw the replay. But believe me when you have Randy Moss, I donít care what heís done or hasnít done until that clock is done. Until itís over, when you got 81, anything can happen. Matt Cassel played one hell of a football game and I donít know if you can make a better throw at the end of the game than he made, honestly. It was a great catch on Randyís part but that ball was thrown -- I mean Ty Law has great coverage -- you canít get any better than that throw. He [Matt Cassel] made some tremendous throws throughout the game. Fortunately we were able to win that game but emotion was Ė the tides had turned. We got the coin toss and after the first two plays I was like Ďoh boy here we goí. The crowd was into it, they were into it and it was one of those games.
Q: What does this win mean for the Jets going forward?
BF: Time will tell. I donít know. Whatever happens from this point forward happens but it canít hurt us. What are we, 7 and 3? What an unbelievable game and weíre 7 and 3. It wasnít the Super Bowl. Weíve still got a lot of football left, but that was fun, it was fun. It was one game, a big one, Iíll say that. But Iíve been part of a lot of big wins and Iíve been on the opposite side of those types of wins or in that case losses. We have football left to play and you can easily forget about this game based on what you do from this point forward. Who knows what happens from this point forward but I think it does a lot for our team. Itís a big win but the Patriots still have a lot of football left, theyíll be right in the thick of it as always. We just gave ourselves a much better shot.
Q: (On Dustin Keller)
BF: I just think, because I was at the stage at one time, where you think you know but you donít and here I am 18 years later and I think I know but I know I still donít. I mean you never quite master the game. You never know what is going to happen. You never know when you number is called. I donít even know if we know exactly how good he [Dustin Keller] can be or how we would use him. Some of those plays late in the game he was third and fourth in the read which you know he canít control. The fact that he caught the ball in traffic, yeah he dropped the touchdown but he sure made up for it after that. Heís got good character, he works hard, he wants to be good. I know there are a lot of guys out there like that but good things happen to guys like that.
Q: How much urgency did you feel during overtime?
BF: Oh I felt like itís either now or nothing. This is your one shot. They were rolling on offense, our defense was tired - it was all or nothing.
Q: Do you relish moments like this?
BF: Right now Iíll tell you all the things you want to hear. I was nervous as heck. Iím no different than anyone else. You know everyoneís coming up Ďhey this is where you do your thingí and Iím thinking, my God, why canít we make this easier? [laughter]. But itís true, thatís what Iím capable of doing but believe me there was no one more nervous in this building than me.
Q: On the rivalry between the Patriots and Jets:
BF: I sensed the enthusiasm and for the most part the getting over the hump feeling. We also have guys that realize that itís not over. Itís a big win, it was against the Patriots. Believe me, I know how big that is. But thereís still football left to play and we can not go through the rest of this season banking on what we did tonight. As great as it was, we have to enjoy it until Monday and get ready to play the next game.
Q: How do you think the Patriots will handle tonightís loss?
BF: I think theyíll react the same way theyíve always reacted Ė by winning, by being positive, by doing the right things. They didnít get to that point by doing something different. Believe me, they didnít play bad, we didnít play great, it was one heck of a football game. We had to play about that good to even get a shot. Good teams donít come back like they did. You can say what you want, okay theyíre over and done with and the Jets are this and that. I think itís a great football game by two football teams, one that we know how good theyíve been, one that weíre wondering how good they can be. Nothing more than that, I think theyíll respond the way theyíve always responded. Iím just very fortunate that this team was on the good side of this win.
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