FOXBOROUGH, Mass. --Here's what Interim Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, quarterback Peyton Manning, wide reciever Wes Welker, linebacker Von Miller and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson had to say when they spoke to the media after the game against the Patriots.
Jack Del Rio
On losing the halftime lead"I think regardless of how it goes down, you have to move on. That's what we do in this business. It definitely will sting on the ride home but all you can do is learn the lessons that are there to be learned and move forward."
On what the Patriots did differently in the second half"It's kind of like looking at what did we do in the first half. We turned the ball over – forced turnovers in the first half, they forced turnovers in the second half. And they did a couple things – we were playing a lot of tight coverage – they did a couple things with pick routes and wheel routes and things to try to take advantage of some of that. But it's not anything that we weren't expecting – not anything that we didn't handle better in the first half. But ultimately they made enough plays, they got a little momentum going, they made it a game. We're right there in the end with a chance to win the game we were just probably five yards short of where we needed to get to to have a realistic shot of making a field goal. But that's what it was."
On what the Patriots did to adjust to the success Denver had in the trenches"Well I'm not sure, I'd have to look at it to be able to address this specifically but I thought our lines played pretty well all night. I thought we ran the ball well all night. I mean Knowshon ran for over 200 yards right, so that's pretty good performance. Typically when you run like that, get that kind of productivity you're going to win the ball game."
Quarterback Peyton Manning
On the game
"You go study the film. It is disappointing. Certainly, you have a chance to beat a good team at their place. I still felt like we had a chance there, getting the ball there at the very end. I thought we were going to have the ball last and either we were going to score to win the game or I guess it could have ended in a tie. I hated the way that ended in not getting a chance there to get our hands on the ball. We had two good drives in overtime. We got down there twice and I think, I can't remember if that was a pass interference call there on one of them that was very disappointed and then all we needed was like five yards on that last play in order to give Prater a field goal attempt and couldn't get that. Very disappointing finish to the game, for sure."
On how hard it'll be to move on
"I think that's the test of good football teams. I think it would be wrong if guys weren't disappointed and bothered by this loss. So, I think you're allowed a night and maybe half a day tomorrow to still be ticked off about it and disappointed. That is part of being a professional, to learn from it, study the film, learn from the coaches. We did some good things. Obviously, the running game was great. Just had some mistakes. When you make those mistakes, it's hard to beat good teams on the road. I think by the time you start gameplanning on Tuesday, guys lifting weights and ready to go on Wednesday, it's time to move on to Kansas City and that's what you have to do."
On whether today's conditions will help later in the season
"Yeah, it's always a possibility in these last months of the season and then potentially in the postseason. I think the more you can be in it, the better off you can be."
Wide Receiver Wes Welker
On having chances at the end of regulation and in overtime
"Yeah. We definitely had opportunities. Opportunities were there and we didn't make the most of them. That's on me – that's on a lot of us. But there are a lot of plays that could have been made there."
On running back Knowshon Moreno
"Knowshon, he brought his A-game. You saw it tonight and he's a guy that you love having on your team because that's what he does – he brings it every night and every day in practice. You've got to respect that."
On what Belichick said to him"He came over and he was like, you know, 'Good job, we'll see you all again, I'm sure.' They're a good football team. And we think we're pretty good, too. We've just got to play better."
Linebacker Von Miller
On the game
"It was a pretty good first half, but the game is played for four quarters. The Patriots came back out and they had a nice game plan. They jumped on us real quick and before you knew it they were up. The whole game was really a battle. But that's really what we expected. A tough team, a tough battle. We came out on the short end of the stick. Get back in the lab, watch the film, judge it for what it's worth and get ready for a good KC game."
On what changed in second half
"I really can't put my finger on it. It is still early. I know we'll do a good job of getting in the film room and watching the tape. We'll find out what it is and we'll fix it. We'll use this as a stepping stone and keep playing harder and try to finish the season out like we know we can."
On whether there were any positives
"Yes, there are some positives, but the ultimate goal is to win. And that's what we didn't do. It's unfortunate, but we'll get back in the film room and work on all our stuff that we did wrong and get ready for a good KC game."
Defensive Tackle Kevin Vickerson
On the defense"It was just a tale of two halves, man. We came out aggressively, made plays. Second half, we made the plays but we didn't make enough to win the game. Credit goes to New England. Good football team, but at the end of the day, it's really on us – and us making the plays to get the 'W.'"
On the difference in the second half"Like I said, they made the plays and we didn't. That's all it really comes down to. They had some good plays, made some good calls and converted on their plays. We didn't execute well enough to get them off the field. They came out and scored four-straight touchdowns (from the) opening drive of the second half. We've got to just basically get off the field and get the ball back to the offense. But we failed to do it, so that's on us."
On not dwelling on the loss"I mean, these games are tough but at the same time, it's a short memory league. You've got to turn the page real quick because we get another big game next week in Kansas City. I think they took an 'L' today, too, so they're going to come out trying to get back on track. It's all about watch the film, make the corrections, get better."