What members of the Patriots defense said after another dominant performance

"Everybody’s willing to do whatever they can."

The Patriots celebrate after scoring a touchdown Thursday in a win over the Giants.
The Patriots celebrate after scoring a touchdown Thursday in a win over the Giants. –Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

A play Kyle Van Noy made Thursday night evoked memories from his high school days.

“Jaime [Collins] knocked the ball out like he usually does,” Van Noy told reporters. “A bunch of people wanted the ball and people missed. It squirted right to me. I picked it up and tried to score, looked like I was playing high school receiver again.”

Van Noy was originally ruled short on his dive toward the end zone, but upon further review, referees determined that he did, in fact, break the plane. Van Noy said he knew he was in, and his main focus was holding onto the ball so he didn’t have to face the wrath of head coach Bill Belichick.

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The score, which came midway through the fourth quarter, helped the Patriots extend the lead and ultimately earn a 35-14 win over the New York Giants. Van Noy’s scoop and score was one of many key plays on the night as the defense dominated once again.

Defensive end John Simon, safety Duron Harmon, and cornerback Stephon Gilmore all registered interceptions. Devin McCourty poked the ball to Van Noy on the fumble recovery, and Van Noy was quick to compliment McCourty and the rest of the secondary after the game.

“Those dudes are really good,” Van Noy told reporters. “Like I’ve said it for the past two years, they are the best in the business. Those dudes disguise and just lock, I mean, ‘Gillylock’ [Stephon Gilmore] man he is damn good at football. Devin [McCourty], Jason [McCourty] all them boys played their hearts out for each other. If you watch the film they enjoy playing football, and I’m blessed to be a part of that.”

One small hiccup came in the second quarter, when Daniel Jones found Golden Tate for a 64-yard touchdown. Tate beat two defenders, stopped, and backpedaled into the end zone. Devin McCourty said one defining attribute of this Patriots defense is its ability to bounce back after a mistake.

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They responded by shutting the Giants down the rest of the game and holding the opponent to 14 points or fewer, like they have in every game this season. Despite the obvious challenges of facing a slew of injuries, a short week, and a talented young quarterback, the Patriots defense handled an injury-plagued Giants offense and helped the team move to 6-0.

“Everybody’s buying in,” Devin McCourty said. “Everybody’s willing to do whatever they can to help the defense, and that’s playing a bunch of different roles for a lot of different guys, and we’ve just got to keep doing it. We can’t get tired of working hard.”