FOXBORO (CBS) — Here are some final sound bites from the Patriots locker room after Sunday’s 34-to-3 win.
Tight end Alge Crumpler (on the Patriots tight end group as a whole): “We break down every day by saying ‘We’re the best.’ All it takes is the guys on this team and the guys in my room to believe that. I think that we’ve gotten better. We look back at some of our games earlier in the season and just watch how we play, and just see constant improvement. That’s all we ask for — just play your best ball this time of year.”
Tight end Rob Gronkowski (on scoring his first touchdown of the day): “[I was] mad excited. Being home, kind of like a homecoming in front of family, it’s just great going home and scoring twice in front of them. It’s a dream come true. I never would have thought this was going to happen. This is amazing.”
Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork (on silencing the doubters): “That means a lot to us, to be able to come out and just silence the critics. A lot of people doubted us. Some people still might. At the same time, all year we know what we had in this locker room. The guys did a really good job all year of just staying focused and not even paying attention to the stuff that was in the papers or media, whatever it may be. We have a sign coming out of our stadium saying ‘Don’t believe the hype.’ I think that speaks for itself — from being the greatest team to the worst team, we heard it all. I think guys really buckled down and just trusted one another that we can be a really good football team if we just stay focused and outwork our opponents.”