I’m sure there are things we can do better. Gotta watch the film, but it was a great team win. We have a group of guys that come in here each and every day, bring the hard hat and lunch pail and work our tails off. A lot of people don’t understand the kind of work that we put in. We’re here in this building a lot. We take pride in our preparation. It’s been showing these past three weeks. We have to continue to try to do that. - Julian Edelman
The Little Team That Could: In a season plagued with injuries and with the appearance of so many new, young, and untested faces on the roster, it was easy for the naysayers to assume the Patriots would have a tough year. Well, it hasn’t been an easy path. There has been a huge learning curve and shaky ground tread upon during the 17 weeks of play. But here we are once again: postseason, and the Patriots keep on pushing their way forward, stubborn and determined, hungry for more victories. Today was just a statement. Win or lose as they move forward, they’ve proven they are once again the gold standard in the NFL. They can make something out of nothing thanks to the leadership of their tenacious veteran quarterback, the cleverness of their coaching staff, and the brilliance of their head coach. So keep going, Little Team That Could. You have the entirety of Patriots Nation supporting you always.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson catches a touchdown pass against New England Patriots’ Devin McCourty and Kyle Arrington in the third quarter on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Orchard Park, NY. (Bill Wippert/AP)
The New England Patriots put on a performance worthy of a division winner. Making it even sweeter was that it came at the expense of the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, who bounced New England from the postseason last season. Logan Ryan had two interceptions, LeGarrette Blount scored twice and the playoff-bound Patriots breezed to a 41-7 victory Sunday, ending the Ravens’ four-game winning streak and diminishing their postseason hopes. The previous time the two teams met, the AFC title hung in the balance and Baltimore used a strong second half to pull out a 28-13 victory. In this one, New England took a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter and never let up behind a defense that forced four turnovers and had four sacks.[x]