Comments from Broncos coaches and players on Saturday's AFC divisional round matchup against the Patriots, passed along from ESPN.com AFC West reporter Bill Williamson:
Coach John Fox
"We played them a month ago. It didn’t go very well. That would be kind of my mindset this minute. I think it will be a huge test. It is a well-coached, again, great football team, great organization. It will be at their place, so it will be a huge challenge. It is one we’ll look forward to."
Quarterback Tim Tebow
"They are a very good team. They’ve got one of the best players in football in Tom Brady and one of the best coaches in Coach [Bill] Belichick, so you know they’ll have a great game plan, and you’ll know they’ll be well-rested. They play hard, they play well, and we’re going to have to get ready for them tomorrow."
Tebow (on the conversation with Tom Brady after the Dec. 18 game)
"He was very nice. He was very kind. He just said some very nice things, and I really appreciated it … What an honor it is to play with him again and to have that opportunity. And it’s exciting as well to be able to face one of the best quarterbacks and one of the best teams in the [NFL]."
Receiver Demaryius Thomas
"I am just going to go back this week and watch film from the first time we played them and try to get better from what we did last game. I am going to try and have fun and win another game. ... [Josh McDaniels] drafted me and [QB Tim] Tebow, and me and Tebow had the winning score on the last play of the game."
Cornerback Champ Bailey
"We know what we can’t do, so now we have to figure out what we have to do to win. That’s a good football team – one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play. We have our hands full. We’re going to work our butts off to get ready for this one."
Guard Zane Beadles (on the Dec. 18 game)
"We try to be prepared for everything every single week going into the game. In this league, you never know what defenses are going to throw at you. Especially with the way we’ve been playing. That’s our thing every single week. I don’t think it surprised us at all. I think we were moving the ball well on them and then the way the score got, it kind of took us out of our game plan."
Cornerback Andre Goodman
“I think the one thing that we are going to figure out fast is you have to mature fast in the postseason, so this game that we played today won’t be good enough next week. Each game gets bigger, and I think we’re going to have to make a whole lot more plays against a team that we faced earlier on in the year to put up a lot more points."