Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, praised the development of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Wilfork noted that Manning has become an elite quarterback in the two-minute offense, suggesting that the Patriots can't afford any lapses or else they will be at risk of suffering a defeat along the lines of their 24-20 regular season loss to the Giants.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told Dennis & Callahan in a revealing interview that aired Monday morning that he is grateful for the opportunity to compete in a fifth Super Bowl, and that he understands and appreciates the responsibility that comes with it.

Brady talked about how far he's come since he arrived in New England as an unheralded sixth-round draft pick out of Michigan in 2000.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The late, very great Robert Altman (I feel almost embarrassed to have to list his credentials, this is the director of "Nashville," "Short Cuts," "M*A*S*H," "The Player") once noted that there are really only about six or seven different stories, the rest is about character development.



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INDIANAPOLIS -- Speaking to the media at University Place on the campus of IUPUI on Sunday, Bill Belichick was asked about the dynamic of playing a Super Bowl on the home field of the longtime rival Colts.

“I never had too much hospitality here until I went for it on fourth-and-2,” Belichick said, referring to his decision to go for it on fourth down from the Patriots' 28-yard line with 2:08 left in the fourth quarter in 2009. “Since then I’ve been greeted in a lot more friendly manner than I was in the past.”

INDIANAPOLIS -- Speaking during Sunday's media availability at University Place on the campus of IUPUI, Patriots receiver Wes Welker didn't wish to discuss his future with the Patriots, only to say he expects to return to New England after the current season.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Speaking at Sunday's media availability at University Place on the campus of IUPUI, Wes Welker was asked if a victory over the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI would "make up" for the Super Bowl loss four years ago.

"The only thing I'm focused on is winning this game," Welker said. "Does it take care of what happened? I don't think so, no, but at the same time I'm not worried about that. What happened happened and we've moved on. The only thing I'm worried about is this game and what we need to do to win this game."

INDIANAPOLIS -- Less than an hour after Rob Gronkowski deplaned the Patriots charter and walked onto the tarmac in Indianapolis wearing a dark black walking boot on his left foot, coach Bill Belichick said Sunday evening that the team considers the Pro Bowl tight end "day-to-day" and would not make any projections about his availability this week during practice. 

Giants defensive back Corey Webster took a small jab at Patriots receiver Wes Welker, telling the New York Daily News that Welker -- who led the NFL with 122 receptions -- simply may be a reflection of the excellence of quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview with the Boston Herald, Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco said that former NFL receiving stars Randy Moss and Terrell Owens offered a sort of support group for Ochocinco as he dealt with the challenges of a transition from Cincinnati to New England. From the Herald's article:

FOXBORO -- With still nine days remaining before Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots released their injury report and projected availability as required by the NFL. Rob Gronkowski, who did not practice with the team during their Thursday and Friday sessions, was offcially listed as "questionable" with an ankle injury. Gronkowski was the only member of the 53-man roster who did not practice.