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12/20/2010 - 1:46am
Vince Wilfork: No apologies for a win

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork found no reason to apologize for his team's 31-27 victory over the Packers. While the game might have been closer than most expected -- particularly given that Green Bay was playing with backup quarterback Mike Flynn, and not Aaron Rodgers -- Wilfork suggested that any efforts to criticize the manner in which the Patriots won the game missed the point.

 

"We came up big. We came up big for us," Wilfork said of the defense. "This game wasn’t perfect, but at the end of the day, W’s, that’s what counts. I think good teams find a way to win, especially in December.

 

"Green Bay, I tip my cap to them. They came out fired up and played a hell of a ballgame. Flynn did a hell of a job. Looking at him this week, he ran the offense pretty well. We weren’t shocked that he was going to come out and perform," Wilfork continued. "It was all...

12/20/2010 - 1:19am
Belichick: 'We've got to play better than this'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't happy with his team's performance after they pulled out a 31-27 win over the Packers, Sunday night. After crediting the players for, "playing 60 minutes and fighting through some adversity," Belichick added, "It certainly wasn't one of our better games. Obviously I've got to do a much better job preparing the team. We couldn't handle a lot of the basic things that they did. That was disappointing."

 

He then added: "We've got to play better than this, or our season won't last much longer," he said. The win puts the Pats at 12-2 and they can clinch the Eastern Division title and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with a win or a loss by the Jets next week.

 

Belichick had few words of his praise for this team that fell behind 17-7 in the second quarter and had to rally in the fourth quarter to get the win. "Our performance was up and down all...

12/20/2010 - 1:13am
Brady: 'They gave us all we could handle'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, at the conclusion of his team's 31-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers, expressed relief at his team's narrow escape. He suggested that the Packers defense proved a significant challenge, and that on a night when the offense lacked rhythm, the Patriots were lucky to emerge with a win.

 

"They made it tough on us," said Brady. "It’s a damn good defense. Real good secondary. Good defensive front. They gave us all we could handle tonight. Give them a lot of credit. They were very well coached. From the opening kickoff to the last play of the game, it took all 60 minutes. When we needed it, we made the plays. I’m glad we won."

 

Brady was critical of the execution of the offense, which was outgained by a significant margin by the Packers.

 

"We didn’t do much to help ourselves for the entire game. There were so many long-yardage...

12/20/2010 - 12:28am
Packing it away: Pats win 6th straight

FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez caught a pair of touchdown passes from Tom Brady and the Patriots held off the feisty Green Bay Packers, 31-27, Sunday night at Gillette Stadium for their sixth straight win. Tully Banta-Cain sacked Matt Flynn as time expired at the Patriots 16. 

 

With Aaron Rodgers inactive due to his second concussion of the season, Matt Flynn was impressive in his first NFL start as he threw three touchdowns and one interception. That one interception was returned 36 yards by Kyle Arrington for a touchdown early in the third quarter to give the Patriots a 21-17 lead. Flynn, who finished 21-of-33 for 229 yards, engineered several time-consuming drives, helping the Packers hold a dominant edge in time of possession, 40:48 to 19:12.  

 

Patriots starting right guard Dan Connolly set an NFL record for the longest recorded kick-off return by an offensive lineman when he rambled 71 yards to the Green Bay 4...

12/19/2010 - 8:13pm
Pats-Pack inactives: Taylor out, McCourty in

FOXBORO -- Aaron Rodgers won't play tonight but Aaron Hernandez will as the Patriots rookie tight end avoided the inactive list and will play in the game against the Packers. Running back Fred Taylor leads the list of inactives for the Patriots. 

 

The three defensive linemen who all missed practice this week are also inactive for the Patriots as Mike Wright, Ron Brace and Myron Pryor will not play. Offensive linemen Rich Ohrnberger and Mark LeVoir are inactive, as are receiver Taylor Price and running back Thomas Clayton.  

 

In addition to Rodgers, CB Josh Gordy, LB Frank Zombo, OL Nick McDonald, OL Marshall Newhouse, DE Cullen Jenkins, RB James Starks and CB Pat Lee round out Green Bay's inactives. For complete coverage of the game against the Packers, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/packers and the blog...

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