FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The presence of owner Robert Kraft holding the shiny silver Lamar Hunt Trophy, and the "MHK" portrait that was placed in the middle of the locker room, were highlights of the post-game locker room following the Patriots' thrilling 23-20 win over the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.
An emotional Kraft talked about the end of the game and Billy Cundiff's missed 32-yard field goal.
"[There were] forces at work that’s beyond anything we can understand," he said. "I’m just pretty happy and proud we’re going to the big game. The support our fans have given us this year and given me personally and our whole family has been terrific. So let’s hope we do some business in two weeks."
Later, Kraft added, "There are so many little things that happen during the year, when you think about it, just the little things that can go the other way. I’m so excited that we’re going to the big game. I still pinch myself thinking about it and I think of my sweetheart.”
When Kraft was finished speaking with reporters, he went to visit running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who had tapped the "MHK" on his jersey after scoring on a 7-yard run in the second quarter. Kraft wanted to thank Green-Ellis for the gesture, as the season has been dedicated to the memory of Kraft's late wife, Myra.
Green-Ellis explained that he did it because, "I just wanted to let him know we're still thinking about it and we still care. It's an unfortunate situation that Mr. Kraft has gone through, but we want to go through it with him and let him know we have his back."