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A lot of things
happened in this game on and off the field. It was more of a circus than a
football game. Upon further review, the Rams are a worse team than the
Browns. The Browns have had worse luck at QB. Right now, the Rams want
Goff at QB. That is just a disaster.
this was kind of an unusual weekend for us but definitely a good
one," BB said. "Seeing the guys from the '01 team is really a
special one, and of course tying that in with the Rams and having a good
performance out there today by our team was good. Tom [Brady] breaking the
record today, of course what it's all about is winning games. Thinking
back to that first one in 2001 against Indianapolis, that's a lot of water
under the bridge, but good, good. I thought we had a good effort today all
the way around.
"Offensively, defensively we got off to a
good start. We played from ahead. Certainly there were some plays we left
out on the field but I thought we made enough of them and turned the ball
over. [We] took good care of the ball.
"It's a battle with the Rams in the kicking
game as I talked about all week. They're really good. They did a good job
on some field position plays that we covered well but so did they. Again,
that was a tough matchup. But overall, it's good to get to 10 wins so we
know we have a big challenge this week with Baltimore, so we'll turn the
page and get on to that. But it's a good, solid win today against the
Rams. I'm proud of what our team did. I thought those guys worked hard.
Again, this week we had a good week of preparation for a team we didn't
know very well. I thought we got to know them and played pretty
competitively there for four quarters." The Pats didn't even lose the kicking game
battle omni potent Rams punt, and kicker.
I think they are a
worse run and coached team than Cleveland, so there was nothing to brag
about from this victory. "I think for us it's been spoken
throughout this whole week," McCourty said about not playing down tot
heir level. "It's December, time to play our best football. We've
been at it for a while now dating back to the beginning of training camp.
Things we've talked about working on and things we've talked about
improving, it's time to start improving on those things and getting them
done. Bill said it over and over that who we play each week is not going
to matter if we don't come and fix the things we need to fix and play the
way we need to play. I think the whole team understands that and it starts
with him, but us echoing it as captains and as leaders. Today I think
showed that when we do those things, we go out there and play well."
The Pats came out and kicked the Rams right in the teeth, and they folded.
They dominated the Rams so badly, right from the
start, that they only had 25-yards of total offense in the 1st Half, and
there was a lot of sheep teeth on the field in the 1st half. "That's
big obviously," Sheard said. "Our offense did a good job
controlling the game. And we were well rested and I think that's big as a
defense." The Pats shut them out of the 1st Half, held them to
a point a quarter in the first three quarters, and left sheep teeth all
over the field.
This defense needs to continue to get turnover if
they want to continue to get to the Super Bowl. "It was great,"
Butler said. "Like I said once before, turnovers come in handfuls.
Once you start making them, they'll start coming. We got a couple of sacks
today, a couple of interceptions. We're just trying to build off it week
in and week out. It wasn't perfect out there, but we're taking a step each
week." We can live with the bend but don't break defense, as long as
they are getting TOs as well.
At one point in the 4th quarter the Pats had
404-yards of total offense, and the Rams had 90. "Probably,"
McCourty said. "Once you get rolling, and I think the game plays out
and we were able to play fast and get on top of everything, that was the
key. The stats aren't as important as just us having an understanding of
how we want to play, how the game was flowing, and I thought we did a good
job. Then getting off the field on third down was huge." That is as
dominating a stat as I have ever seen, but it really is as meaningless as
shearing sheep to our
chances of winning in the Playoffs.
The defense is going to need to produce some
turnovers in the Playoffs. "It's huge," McCourty said. "I
said that a couple of weeks ago, 'nothing would help us more defensively
than turning the ball over.' Starting off with Malcolm [Butler] and then
Kyle [Van Noy] making a play. Great pass rush today, they were able to get
in there, force some throws to be a little off, and then we were able to
capitalize in the secondary." They will not face a rookie QB the rest
of the season.
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