The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East title and a place in the Playoffs by defeating the Buffalo Bills in a thrilling encounter last Sunday. The Bills grabbed a 21-0 lead in the first quarter which was destroyed by the Patriots in the following three parts of the game. At the final whistle the Patriots won the game with the score board showing 49-21.
Tom Brady, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski stole all the spot light during and after the match, leaving a couple of players with good performances as the unsung heroes of the game. Devin McCourty was one of those players. McCourty was able to provide the Patriots with a couple of good snaps at the safety position.
“We're just trying to improve our team,” Belichick commented on explaining McCourty’s last minute addition into the squad. Belichick further talked about other unsung heroes from the game“We worked with him and Patrick [Chung] back there all week and thought it looked good this week in practice, so we went with it during the game. I'm sure it could be better, but I thought they gave us some things back there. James [Ihedigbo] came in a played a solid role for us, too. We got good play out of all of those guys. We had some guys step up at the corner position - Sterling [Moore] Antwaun [Molden], so that was good, too. We got a lot of snaps out of Julian [Edelman].”
The Patriots have been quite impressive on the ground. Their running backs have delivered an immaculate job on the field. Belichick praised his for their good form while talking about whether the Patriots had established a dual threat at the running back position.
“It doesn't really matter; whoever we play next, we'll have to go out and play well against that team, whoever it is,” Belichick said reiterating his pragmatic approach for the season and the playoffs. “We have confidence in all of our players. We got good snaps out of all of our backs: Benny [Green-Ellis] and Stevan [Ridley], Danny [Woodhead], and [Lousaka] Polite when he was in there. He gave us some snaps, too. Whoever was in there, we have confidence in them and hope that they can be productive, which they have been.