FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about receiver Wes Welker's comment about "sticking it" in the coach's face with his 13-catch performance Sunday, a comment Belichick said he hadn't heard.

Appearing on Comcast SportsNet's postgame show, Welker was asked about catching his increased targets and numbers compared to earlier in the season. 

"Yeah, it's kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face once in a while," Welker replied with a wink. "So this is definitely a good one."

Patriots running back Kevin Faulk will announce his retirement in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday. The 36-year-old, who played 13 seasons with New England, will retire as the franchise’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,349) return yards (5,041) and kick return yards (4,098).

Patriots receiver Deion Branch joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Broncos and the latest chapter in the alleged falling-out between fellow receiver Wes Welker and coach Bill Belichick.

Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly Monday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Patriots' 31-21 victory over the Broncos.

The Patriots offense was clicking for much of Sunday's game. Esiason said the running game has taken this offense to new levels.

The morning after he guided the Patriots to a 31-21 victory over the Broncos on Sunday, Tom Brady joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly Patriots Monday discussion. Brady completed 23-of-31 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown, but much of the talk was about the team's running game, as the Pats rushed for 251 yards, helping them record a franchise single-game record 35 first downs.

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has been known to get on the wrong side of coach Bill Belichick for his wisecracking ways. But the receiver, playing on a one-year contract and with an uncertain future in New England, didn't hold back after Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Broncos.

Speaking on a postgame show on CSNNE, Welker was asked about catching 13 passes and how that compared to Week 1, when his playing time was limited and he caught just three passes.

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick’s gridiron consigliere Ernie Adams is known throughout the Patriots organization as having a near perfect ability to recall football situations and strategy from decades ago.



FOXBORO -- After the greatest rushing game of his career, Stevan Ridley had to answer questions about a fumble that nearly cost the Patriots control of the game in a 31-21 win over the Broncos Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was mostly happy with his team's 31-21 victory over the Broncos, but as always with the coach, there's room for improvement. The Pats had to hold on to protect what had been a 24-point lead. 

"It was a good solid win for us," Belichick said. "We've still got to work on playing 60 full minutes and doing everything right all the time, but we did enough things today so it was good to come out of there with a win. That's a good football team." 

FOXBORO -- In a game of keepaway, Tom Brady led scoring drives of 12, 14, 16 and 16 plays while Wes Welker scorched the Broncos for 13 catches and 104 yards helping the Patriots turn back Peyton Manning and the Broncos, 31-21, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Brady finished 23-of-31 for 223 yards, a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown. Manning finished 31-of-44 and 345 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots set a new franchise record with 35 first downs.