FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – One Patriots player said that following the team’s 23-20 overtime win over the Ravens, head coach Bill Belichick was as excited as he’s seen him. Belichick’s excitement carried over into his post-game press conference.
“That was a good win for our football team. I’m really proud of those kids,” Belichick said of the fifth-youngest squad in the NFL. “They played hard – 10 points down in the fourth quarter, then rallied, fought through it in overtime. It’s really just a heck of a job by our players. You have to give them all the credit in the world.
“I know a lot of people doubted that they could do it, our second half and all that. To come back from behind against a team like Baltimore, and win it at the end. … We had a lot of big plays out there. You could talk about everybody. They all contributed. It was a real team effort against a real good football team. Baltimore has a good club. They do a lot of things well. Fortunately, we were able to do one or two things better than they did today.
"We didn’t do very good to start the game. They drove right down the field. Another bad drive there at the start of the second quarter and then didn’t do very well there in the third quarter. We didn’t have good field position, we didn’t play well. Overall, I thought we competed hard. They’ve got good players. They’ve got a good team. We made some plays; they made some plays. It was a back-and-forth kind of game, but I thought the one thing we did was to keep fighting.
"It was just a good back-and-forth battle the whole way. You love the competition of those games. It’s so much better when you come out on top, but it was a good football game. I can’t imagine anybody that saw that wouldn’t feel that way.
“I’m really proud of our team. We have a good challenge ahead of us going out to San Diego, but we’re going to enjoy this one for a little while and get back to work.”
Belichick cited the leadership of the team’s captains as a big part of the week, which included veteran Alge Crumpler, who was elected captain on Wednesday. Crumpler joins Tom Brady, Kevin Faulk, Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo as captains.
“Those guys did a real good job of staying focused, staying positive and really working hard and setting an example. Everybody else followed. You can give them a lot of credit on this one, too,” Belichick said.
And we could be seeing Belichick sport the pink-soled shoes he wore Sunday (in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month) more often.
"Yeah, I should [stick with the shoes]. I should. I could wear them to the prom."