How Did The New England Patriots React To 17-9 Loss To Buffalo Bills?

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Dec 28, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) knocks a pass away that was intended for Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Ninkovich

(On if there are any worries the team doesn’t have the right momentum heading into the playoffs)
“It’s a new season, so we’re just going to start over. Everyone starts over. It’s a new week. Buffalo’s over; we don’t know who we’re playing yet. I’m going to relax and sit in a hot tub and get myself ready to roll.”

(On if he’s looking forward to the bye week)
“Yeah, again, that’s a huge thing there, getting an extra week to recover. Like I said, hot-cold tubs, massage, get my body back; find out who we play and go.”

(On what some of the younger players need to look for during the playoffs)
“I would say the preseason to regular season is a big jump in play and then when you go from the regular season to the postseason that’s another big jump in play. So everything is magnified, everything means that much more and it always come down to a play here, a play there for the outcome of these games. So, it comes down to execution. The best teams are in the playoffs and you got to really work hard during the week and prepare well to know who you’re playing and understand the things that they do well. It all comes down to studying.”

(On Jamie Collins strip-sack)
“Another good play. He beat the back, I think they had [C.J.] Spiller in there, he was able to toss him away and I think it was a missed tackle, then a strip sack for recovery. That goes down as the ultimate play there.”

Darrelle Revis

(On the game)
“It wasn’t good. All three phases, it wasn’t good. Buffalo had a lot of energy coming out at the start of the game and we just didn’t play to our standards. I can’t think for everybody or what everybody is thinking about, but at the same time it’s a game where we let it slip by, but most of us weren’t out there. There were so many things and so many variables of today’s game: guys not dressing and guys not playing.”

(On the play of the backups in the second half)
“I think they did great. Buffalo didn’t score again so that’s something good. They got off on third down numerous times as a defense. At that point, my job is just to be a leader and help my teammates out.”

(On if this game slipped by because of the team’s playoff situation)
“No I don’t think that’s our mindset. Our mindset is to go out there and win every game. That’s how we look at it. Like I said, there were so many situations in this game, guys not dressing and guys getting pulled. You have to take that into account too and go from there.”

Brian Tyms

(On his overall play today)
“It always feels good to be out there. I just try to take advantage of every opportunity. I missed some opportunities and I have to go back and watch the film later on tonight and go over that so I don’t make the same mistakes when we come into practice.”

(On the extended playing time for certain players)
“Like I always say, this game is about opportunity. When your number is called, you have to be ready and I tried to be as ready as I could. We have to execute better. It was plain as day out there. We left a lot of plays out there. We dropped a lot of balls, missed blocks. We just have to go back over the film and get better as a group.”

(On playing the Bills for the second time)
“It felt like an eternity since we played them. But for me personally, every week I erase what happened and who we played, and I’m on to the next person. They didn’t forget me though, because they always kept a safety over the top. I really wanted to go deep, but sometimes it doesn’t work like that.”

Ryan Wendell

(On what the team was able to accomplish despite the loss)
“You always want to win, so a loss never helps.”

(On the problem with the offense)
“We just didn’t play very well. We just didn’t do our jobs.”

(On the team’s ability to move past this loss considering the team has a first-round playoff bye)
“We’ll have a bad taste in our mouth until we get a chance to play again.”

(On if there was anything the team was able to get out of today’s game)
“Yeah, I mean I’m sure there were some plays that were good plays, but I think we will have to learn from the plays that weren’t.”

(On the team avoiding injuries and getting healthy for the playoffs)
“I don’t think anybody ever goes out to try and avoid injury. Nobody’s looking to get injured, but guys just play hard and injuries happen when they happen.”

(On how difficult it is to get the team’s emotion up for a game like this when nothing is at stake)
“I mean there were guys sitting, but there were guys that got a chance to play that normally don’t get a chance to play, so I think those guys bring a lot of excitement at their opportunity. I think as a whole things even out.”

(On how difficult a game like this is on the offensive line when players are going in and out)
“It was a good opportunity to get some other guys some reps. We’re going to need everybody moving forward. You never knew who’s going to get called up, so a game like this was a great opportunity to get a lot of those guys more reps that they normally don’t get.”

(On quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the offensive huddle)
“I thought he did a great job. I’m no quarterbacks coach, so I don’t know how it will grade out or anything like that, but in the huddle I thought his demeanor was excellent. I thought he had command of the huddle, command of the plays and as far as his execution, you’ll have to talk to [offensive coordinator Josh] McDaniels about that.”

(On the offensive struggles and if there was ever any rhythm today)
“I think it’s obvious that we didn’t really find a rhythm. We didn’t string too many plays together too often. Why? I don’t know. We’ll go back and watch the film and try to figure out exactly what happened.”