Landover, Md. – A few notable postgame quotes following the Patriots’ 34-27 win today at FedEx Field.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick: “Washington did a real good job, Mike [Shanahan] gave us a lot of problems obviously on what they did offensively, but I was real proud of our defense… I thought we had our moments there all the way around, some good, some not so good, but in the end, the Redskins are a good team. I would say Mike did a really good job. It was a hard-fought game, thought we made a couple more plays than they did to come out on top.”
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo on his interception to end the game: “I think [linebacker] Tracy [White] made a great play on the ball and kind of separated the man from the ball and it just popped up and fell into my hands.”
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork on the fumble recovery for a touchdown: “It’s you against everybody else trying to fight for the ball; luckily I got it. We started fast on the defense. It’s simple, when you talk about doing it as a football team, it’s about starting fast and then finish. I think on the defense we started fast, then a little stumble in the fourth quarter, but finished the game with an interception. [You] can’t complain about that. So, we have to continue to work.”
Patriots defensive end Andre Carter on his penalty for hitting Rex Grossman below the knee in the second quarter: “I’m sure it will be looked at tomorrow. It is unfortunate, especially when it comes to making a play. There was no intention of going low. I thought it was a good hit. The league has definitely been involved in protecting quarterbacks, which I understand. That was my fault and I will try better to not put our defense in that situation… It’s unfortunate that play was called. There was no intent. I was just trying to find a way to make a play.”
Devin McCourty on how to improve his play: “You know, just being more consistent. I don’t think confidence is a real issue, just going out there and playing and being consistent.”
Wide receiver Wes Welker on the victory: “It was definitely a tough one. Luckily in the end, we were able to come away with the victory. The defense stepped up big for us. We had a lot of mistakes out there, but in the end we came out with a victory and that is what matters.”