FOXBORO, Mass. -- Here's what was being said from the New England Patriots after the 49ers' 41-34 victory on Sunday night:
"Obviously we just didn't do anything well enough tonight to win. It starts with me. (I) didn't do a good job of coaching, didn't coach well, we didn't play well, we weren't good on offense, weren't good on defense, weren't good enough on special teams. They just did a better job than we did. We just have to perform better than that. We didn't so that's the result. We just didn't do a good job tonight, it's as simple as that."
Coach Bill Belichick
"They do what they do, and they do it very well. We made some mistakes early in the game and they capitalized. We couldn't stay on the field on third down. (We) turned the ball over. . . The first half was a terrible first half. We got down. Fortunately, we were in it at the end of the first half, but we didn't play well to start the second half. And then (we) went on a little run, but you can't play 30 minutes against a good team."
Quarterback Tom Brady
"They came out and played with a lot of energy and played really well. So hat's off to them. We didn't, and it showed."
Receiver Wes Welker
"We executed better. We kept the ball better and kept ourselves out of bad situations like those third-and-long situations."
Receiver Brandon Lloyd on what was different in the second half
"We knew they were a fast-start team and a good defense and we just didn't get anything going in the first half. You know, we had some turnovers, some penalties, some not-so-good runs, a few pressures. So it all adds up to a bad half."
Guard Logan Mankins
"They are a solid team. The 49ers are a great football team. We gave them too many opportunities. We couldn't come in here and play them that way. We gave them opportunities to capitalize on, and that's exactly what they did."
Running back Stevan Ridley
"He's been poised throughout games. Nothing seems to rattle him. He's been able to just play his game. Even last week against Miami, (with the) game on the line, important drive, and he keeps it and runs down the sideline for a touchdown. We knew we weren't going to really rattle him or get him out of the game. We knew that he was a tough player."
Defensive back Devin McCourty
"They came in and they did what they do. They didn't change anything. They executed very well and we didn't. In one quarter, you saw us executing and we were on the field and off the field, on the field, off the field. The offense was scoring. It was like clockwork. But it just wasn't enough. At the end of the day, it just wasn't enough. They made a lot more plays than us. They executed at a high level and the gap was just too big."
Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork
"We knew (Kaepernick) could throw the ball from watching film. We didn't know if they were going to throw it or not because it was raining a bit. But they came out and threw the ball, scored early on us. We fought back, but it wasn't enough."
Linebacker Jerod Mayo