New England Patriots

Oct 14, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated Kansas City 43-40. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 43-40 in a thriller in Foxboro on Sunday Night Football. Much of the focus after the game was on the Pats’ game-ending drive, which started with clutch plays by Tom Brady, James White, and Rob Gronkowski and ended with Stephen Gostkowski’s game-winning field goal as time expired.

Below is a sampling of postgame comments from Brady and others from the Patriots and Chiefs on the ending to the game, and other key moments.

Tom Brady on turning to Rob Gronkowski and James White on the Patriots’ clock-killing, game-winning drive:

“That was great. I was happy we made the third-and-1. You know, that gave us a great opportunity, and then we hit some other plays. James [White] made some great catch-and-runs, then the big play to Gronk – he got a matchup and made a big play. He’s been making a lot of those in his career. I’ll keep throwing to him in the biggest moments.”

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on whether his second touchdown to Tyreek Hill was actually intended for Kareem Hunt:

“A magician never reveals his tricks. So I’ll just leave it at that.”

Josh Gordon on what it’s like to be in the huddle with Tom Brady in a crunch-time situation:

“His poise – I think it’s overall just he has a certain calmness to him in a high-pressure situation. Not everybody has that. I think when he displays that, other guys feel better about what they’re supposed to do knowing that we’re in good hands. And, he’s consistent and he does his job. “

Bill Belichick on how the Patriots prepared for their game-ending drive:

“Well, we talk about it every week. Again, each situation is a little bit different based on time, timeouts and score and so forth. But this one ended up playing out good for us. We had the final possession. We had the final opportunity and we made it. Josh [McDaniels] called a great game. We had great execution on that drive by a lot of different people. But we work on that stuff every week. Both ways – if they had had it, if we had it, need a touchdown, need a field goal, so forth. We try to be prepared for that.”

Stephon Gilmore on the speed of Tyreek Hill:

“I’ve never seen anyone that fast before. Fast, fastest guy I’ve ever covered.”

Stephen Gostkowski on feeling comfortable kicking field goals during the game:

“I definitely felt in a groove on field goals tonight. Games like this when you get a lot of opportunities, you feel very involved in the game. To me it makes the job easier. Sometimes the hardest games are when you’re sitting around and you don’t know when you’re going to go out there. I’m used to it because we score a lot of points, we have a great offense. You hit the first one and it goes right where you aimed, it’s easy to get on a roll when stuff like that happens.”

Chris Hogan on making the most of his opportunities:

“That’s just football. You can’t do everything on the field. I just have to make sure that for 60 minutes, I’m going out there and doing my job, running routes the best that I can and trying to get open. When opportunities come my way, I’m going to try to make the play.”

Matthew Slater on giving up a 96-yard kick return:

“I don’t know what happened. We got to look at that on film. It was bad. I think we’re a lot better than what we’ve played out there, so we better figure it out quick. I think we have to be better fundamentally; we got to get out of the box and use our hands better. We have to play together and trust it. The guy next to us is going to be where he’s supposed to be and we have to improve. We put our team in a tough spot tonight giving up that return and they bailed us out.”

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