(on the resiliency that his team has shown all year)
"It’s been a long journey. It’s just a great win. We left it all on the field."
(on the keys to victory in today’s game)
(on if he thought this was a game that he would throw the ball 50 times)
"You know, whatever it takes. We were playing a great defense and they’re a great team. Took everything all the way to the last play. Just proud of our effort and our determination. We showed it all year. Every team has a journey and a lot of people lost faith in us early, but we held strong, we held together, and it’s a great feeling."
(on if he was able to process his emotions going from Seattle about to score to New England getting an interception on their final drive)
"Unbelievable play by Malcolm (Butler). We didn’t call a timeout and the clock was winding down and we realized, you know, this is basically it if we stopped them. I saw the interception and couldn’t believe it. It was just an incredible play. You know, what a play. A championship play. My guys made them. A lot of guys just did some great stuff out there. Took everybody. We knew it was going to take everybody. It was a 60-minute game. Just proud of how everybody played."
(on if he is thinking about where his legacy fits in NFL history)
"No. I’ve got a lot of football left. It’s hard to play this game and it take a big commitment, a lot of sacrifice. For all the players that have played in the past and I’ve looked up to and admired and a lot of the players now who I look up to and admire – it’s a big challenge and it’s incredible to experience this feeling once and I’ve been fortunate to play on four really great teams, so I’m really blessed."
(on what it means to have won four Super Bowls and three Super Bowl MVPs like former San Francisco QB Joe Montana and to be compared to him)
"Well, I haven’t thought about…I never put myself in those discussions. That’s not how I think. There are so many great players that have been on so many great teams and we’ve had some great teams that haven’t won it and I think you’ve got to just enjoy the moment. Enjoy (it). We’ve been on the other end of this twice now and being ahead late and not being able to make the plays to win, and, this time, we made the plays to win. Just awesome. What an experience. A lot of mental toughness by our team, a lot of physical toughness. We played against a phenomenal defense and we just ultimately made enough plays. We made a couple of crappy plays – I certainly did – but we made enough plays to win."
(on what it means to get those performances out of guys like WR
"We needed them because without those guys, we don’t win. They stepped up. They did it. They were in there a lot. It was hot. It’s a long game. I don’t know what time it is, but it’s late. But we needed a great play at the end and we got it. Offensively, a lot of guys made huge, huge plays. Defensively, a lot of those guys made huge plays. It’s a great team. They’ve got a great offense, well-coached, great defense – that’s why they’re here and it took a lot to beat them."
(on what the attitude was taking the field down three points on the final drive)
"We were down 10 and we just said, ‘Look, we’ve got to put one good drive together to get us back in the game.’ We made the plays. We overcame a couple of penalties and made the plays to do it and then got the ball back and then scored again. They had a great drive, made some phenomenal plays, and we made a great play in the end. These games, they’re tough. They go down to the end. Glad we finally pulled it out."
(on finding wide receiver Julian Edelman on the game-winning drive)
"I saw Jules. I had an opportunity to move up in the pocket, and Jules had kind of a deep in-cut. I tried to drill it to him and he caught it and made a great catch – took a big hit, and that was the key to the whole drive. There were a lot of keys to the game. You single any one play out today, it could be different. Like I said, I give a lot of credit to them. They’re a great team, but we just made a couple more plays than them."
(on some of the things Seattle did to disrupt the timing of the offense)
"We made some good plays. We had some great drives. Early in the game, I thought we moved in really well. We just stopped ourselves. I threw the interception on the first drive after a great drive, and then we had a third down play, which could have been a really big play, but execution was pretty poor. Going into the second half, I felt like we were ready to do it, and then Bobby (Wagner) made a great interception on the one I threw him. We got behind bad, and then found a way to slug it out and come back. It was a tough day – a lot of energy, a lot of effort. We just made enough plays to win."
(on going 8-for-8 on the final drive, and if that will be a signature drive in his career)
"I didn’t think about that. A lot of guys – we made great catches. It’s a team effort. There’s never one player. It took the whole team. We blocked great all day against a great front, made a lot of great catches and a lot of critical plays in the red area. A lot of guys overcame a lot of mentally-challenging moments, and I’m just proud of the way we overcame it."
(on comparing his game-winning drive tonight to his game-winning drive in New Orleans in his first Super Bowl)
"Hard to remember that far back. I’m a little bit older now. You just have to make the plays to win. It was great. We haven’t had many games this year that have come down like this. I’m glad we made the plays when we needed to."
(on if he thought Marshawn Lynch was going to get the ball at the one-yard line)
"They had a lot of options, so you know, that was their choice. Russell (Wilson) played a phenomenal game. Marshawn played unbelievable. We lost the turnover battle two to nothing and won, and that’s pretty hard to do. I’m glad we did."
(on what it means to have the most Super Bowl touchdown passes in NFL history)
"However we get them, the goal is to score points, so running it, throwing it – I don’t care. Whatever it took today, that’s what we needed to do. We played against a great defense and they made a lot of great plays. We found a way to get it down there at the end, and I’m just proud of the way our guys played."
(on the last two weeks being mentally challenging and if he feels any vindication now after all the controversy)
"No. I don’t feel any."
(on if he’s tired)
"Yeah, it’s a long day. I think we put a lot into it. Yeah, I’m tired."
(on if it felt at home and at peace on the field after all the controversy surrounding the team leading up to the Super Bowl)
"Well, it’s just a lot of mental toughness. I think the whole team had it. Coach (Bill Belichick) always says, ‘Ignore the noise and control what you can control.’ We had a great two weeks of practice. That’s what it took, and every situation that came up was important – every third down that we made, every short-yardage, every red area possession. So that’s who we were focused on, that’s who we needed to be focused on, and that’s how we got the victory."
(on his reaction to winning the Super Bowl)
"This is an unbelievable feeling. We played such a great team game together. This is the most amazing feeling ever. What a great team victory. It’s unbelievable. This is indescribable."
(on where he was lining up on the field)
"All over the place. You’ve just got to line up everywhere and just do what we do. Everyone played together well and it was excellent. It was unbelievable."
(on how the Patriots were able to overcome two costly turnovers)
"We’ve just got to keep looking forward after every drive – score or not score, just keep on moving and just go onto the next drive and just take one play at a time."
(on what this means for Gronkowski and the Patriots organization)
"It’s unbelievable. It’s an unbelievable feeling. It means everything. This is awesome. I’ve got to go. I’ve got to celebrate."
WR DANNY AMENDOLA
(on his first reaction to winning the Super Bowl)
"All the work we’ve put in all year, all the adversity, dealing with everything that we have – it’s paying off and it’s the best feeling in the world."
(on scoring a touchdown in a game of this magnitude)
"I scored, but we all played great. We left some plays out there and it came down to the end, but we’re really happy."
(on what he feels gave New England the edge over Seattle tonight)
"Hard work pays off. All the work pays off."
P RYAN ALLEN
(on being a big part of the game due to his number of punts and the field position battle)
“Shoot, it was a blessing to be out there with our unit and to be able to have an impact on the game. In the end, man, it’s incredible. For us to work as long as we have for eight, nine months out of the year and to see it come like this in the end, it’s amazing.”
(on how surprised he was that Seattle’s last offensive play was a pass rather than a run and his reaction to the interception)
“It was incredible. Believe it or not, I was getting ready for any type of play over by the [kicking] net. When we heard the crowd, it was an incredible feeling.”
(on how the game finished)
“I’m at a loss for words almost a little bit. It’s just amazing. Sometimes, like (Head) Coach (Bill Belichick) always says, we’ve got to play for 60 minutes, and that’s a prime example of that right there.”
(on if he was surprised by Seattle’s final offensive play)
“I wasn’t paying too much attention around that. I was making sure that I was focused on what I needed to do in my job if I was called upon.”
C BRYAN STORK
(on what it's like to win a Super Bowl with
"You can't really describe it. It's amazing. Worked hard to get here, but very lucky at the same time. You've got to have a little bit of luck."
(on the fight at the end of the game)
"Guys were just fighting for jobs. It's the Super Bowl. Tempers get thrown everywhere. I just tried not to draw a penalty. Just wanted to win the game."
(on the interception at the end of the game)
"I'm just thinking about the next play."
(on whether they were thinking about how to score next)
"We were just taking it play by play and whatever came our way, we were going to take care of it."
(on what he plans to do this offseason)
"I'm going to go fishing."
(on the fight at the end of the game)
"Guys were just fighting to win. Tempers just got out of control. I just tried to do my best not to draw a penalty."
(on when he knew he would be playing today)
"When did I know that I was going to be playing? I knew all along. I just worked hard every day. I wasn't going to be denied."
(on coming back in the fourth quarter)
"It's a storybook ending. It's amazing. Sorry for the people at home that had to be on the edge of their seats the whole time; I know I was on mine. It was a good win."