Billy Cundiff’s missed 32-yard field goal, which would have sent the game into overtime had he made it, will be discussed well beyond today. But here are a few thoughts by the Patriots on what they were thinking as he lined it up . . . and then in the aftermath.
Jerod Mayo: “It felt like child-like joy. It’s all about child-like joy. Last night felt like the day before Christmas for me and I haven’t had that feeling in a long time. At this level, the day before Christmas is like a regular day. But now I just feel like I got my present. We have one more game to go. We’ll enjoy this one tonight and get back to work tomorrow.”
Matt Light: “I had my eyes closed, man. I wasn’t going to watch that one. That was a little too much stress for this guy, but it was unbelievable man. Things happen for a reason.”
Devin McCourty: “We were going to block it. That’s what I was thinking that we were going to block it and not go to overtime and win and go to the Super Bowl. The guys came off the ball had a great rush and that’s the difference. You just want to keep the pressure on the kicker and it went wide left and next thing you know I’m sprinting down the field.”
Aaron Hernandez: “I was watching. My heart was pumping because I knew I had a chance to make that play so we wouldn’t have to give the ball back to them. It was crazy. I feel bad for Billy Cundiff because it’s a tough kick with a lot of pressure but I’m glad we came away with a victory.”
Brian Waters: “What an ending. I don’t know what to say. Every inch counts in this game and every foot counts in this game. We were fortunate to come out on top.”