- Mike Rodak, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe presented the Lamar Hunt trophy to Patriots owner Robert Kraft following their 23-20 win over the Ravens in Sunday's AFC Championship. Bledsoe embraced Kraft with a kiss, then Kraft held the trophy up to the fans. Here's what followed:
Patriots owner Robert Kraft: "Well, I want to congratulate these great players and the coaches. They're an amazing team, they're a great brotherhood, they're a family, and just like all of you out in this stadium, you're part of our family, all of you, and all the people watching on television who are Pats fans, you're part of our family. Thank you for the support you've given us this emotional year."
Head coach Bill Belichick: "Well, it's awesome. You've just got to give all the credit to the players. These guys fought all year, and just like today it wasn't always perfect, but they fought until the final gun, and we came out on top. So you've got to give the players all the credit, they're the ones that won it today."
Quarterback Tom Brady: "Well, I sucked pretty bad today, but our defense saved us. I'm going to try and go out and do a better job in a couple of weeks. But I'm proud of my teammates. You fans were unbelievable today, you're the 12th man, we needed it. We're going to try and go out and kick some butt in a few weeks."
Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork: "I think tonight was a big night for all of us. The fans, the organization, the coaches, the players. Everyone. It was a big, big night for us. We knew we had to come out here and play some good football to beat a good Ravens football team, and we did."