Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather stopped by for his weekly chat with the Dale & Holley show Monday at Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday, one day after a 31-28 victory over the Colts. Meriweather said credit goes to the scout team and the coaching staff for having the defense ready to face Peyton Manning and the potent Colts offense.

 

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning at Gillette Stadium for his weekly appearance on WEEI's Patriots Monday. Despite the defense allowing Peyton Manning to seemingly march down the field at will in the fourth quarter, Wilfork said he's looking more at the positives from Sunday's 31-28 victory over the Colts.

 

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about the Patriots' dramatic victory over the Colts. The game was secured when James Sanders picked off a Peyton Manning pass in the final minute as the Colts were driving for the potential go-ahead touchdown.

 

FOXBORO — The ball was hanging in the air over Gillette Stadium, and it seemed like it was taking an awful long time to come down.



First: On Sunday Peyton Manning was as close to great as you can be without actually being great.

I know, I know -- he didn't get it done when it mattered, he had three interceptions, all that matters is the final score. All true, I suppose. 



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FOXBORO -- Moments before his game-clinching interception, James Sanders had a very bad flashback to last season. But he avoided reliving the nightmare of his team's collapse in Indianapolis, as Sanders intercepted Peyton Manning at the Patriots' 6-yard line with 31 seconds remaining to clinch the 31-28 win over the Colts on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

 

FOXBORO - Colts quarterback Peyton Manning met with the media following his team's 31-28 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Manning threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns in the game but also tossed three interceptions, including a pick to James Sanders on the final drive of the game.

 

"I certainly didn't get everything into the throw that I wanted," said Manning of the Sanders INT. "Had a matchup we wanted, we were going to take a shot, don't have a reason why I couldn't get everything into the throw that I wanted."

 

FOXBORO -- Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne discussed the rivalry between the Patriots and Colts following his team's 31-28 loss.

 

"No one wants to fall, no one wants to be that team," said Wayne. "They won numerous Super Bowls, we're trying to win numerous. I believe, I don't want to speak for everybody, but me personally I feel like we're kind of chasing them a little bit."

 

 A disappointed Wayne added they have to beat the Patriots if they want to match them in Super Bowl victories. 

 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was able to breathe a sigh of relief after James Sanders picked off a Peyton Manning pass in the final minute of the Patriots 31-28 victory over the Colts, but he wasn't happy about the way his offense executed down the stretch. "We knew it was going to come down to the end, like always," Brady said. "We started fast. Wish we would have executed a little better there in the second half. Any time you play these guys, you’ve got to play to the end." 

 

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick described his team as "really happy to get the win" following its 31-28 victory over the Colts at Gillette Stadium. But while he was pleased to improve to 8-2, he also suggested that the quick turnaround prior to the Thursday game against the Lions left New England with little time to celebrate.