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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: New England Patriots

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Observed in the locker room after the New England Patriots' 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints:

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Belichick's sense of humor: You know coach Bill Belichick is in a good mood when he arrives at his postgame news conference and says, "Well, I'm sorry we had to rewrite some of those [game] stories at the end." Indeed, it doesn't get much more thrilling than an ending like that -- a touchdown catch with five seconds remaining.

Collie soaks it all in: Receiver Austin Collie didn't know if another team would give him a chance to play football again after his history of concussions, so to be part of the winning drive and play a critical role by making two catches was obviously meaningful to him. "It's amazing," he said, as he was the last player to leave the locker room, drawing a huge media crowd that came in multiple waves.

Banged-up Patriots: The team had four starters leave the game with injuries -- right guard Dan Connolly (head), receiver Danny Amendola (head), cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (right shoulder) -- as the win came at a cost. Mayo left the stadium with his right arm in a sling. Belichick told players they'd get their first "Victory Monday" -- meaning they get the day off -- which was obviously welcomed by players.