Bill Belichick arrived at the interview podium Tuesday and had an upbeat tone.
"Getting ready for the playoffs, it's always an exciting time of year when you come into postseason play," he said. "This is something we've been working for all year, so I know our football team and coaches, staff, players, everybody, are excited to get going here."
Belichick pointed out comments he heard from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, when Lewis said the Ravens' experiences this year have made them tougher, more resilient and more ready for playoff competition –- something he could see himself.
One theme of the press conference was: "We’re on to Baltimore."
That was Belichick’s response when asked about what had unfolded Sunday, when Wes Welker was injured and Belichick later called the field conditions terrible.
That singular focus on the playoffs and preparing for the Ravens was part of several answers.
"At this time of year, you get that second wind and you reach down and give all you've got going into the playoffs," Belichick said.
Players are in for workouts Tuesday and coaches plan to go over some scouting report information on the Ravens.
"We’re not going to spend a lot of time on the Houston game," he said. "We’re more looking forward to Baltimore. We're much more focused on going forward than backward."