FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the media-access period in the Patriots' locker room Monday (2-3:45 p.m. ET):
1. Players drawing large media crowds were offensive lineman Nate Solder, safety James Ihedigbo, and special teams captain Matthew Slater. In addition, wide receiver Wes Welker, linebacker Rob Ninkovich, and honorary captain Troy Brown spoke to reporters from the podium in the media workroom.
2. Slater on the Gillette Stadium crowd in Saturday's win over the Broncos: "Our fans really got loud. It's the loudest I've heard them since I've been here. It enables us to do some things that we normally wouldn't be able to do on the road, with the cadence and things like that. Just having that 12th man is huge."
3. Ihedigbo on Saturday's crowd: "You can see how loud the fans were. They were rocking the building. It was great, and we thrived of that energy." Asked if it was the loudest he's heard it since coming to New England, Ihedigbo said, "Definitely, by far. It was loud. We were making checks defensively, and we had to double-check with each other because it was [so] loud. So we're just looking for that and more coming up on game day."
4. The last time the Patriots played the Ravens in the playoffs, it didn't well end for New England. For Slater, that was his first taste of the playoffs, but the experience isn't on his mind. "Really haven't given it much thought. It's a different season, different team," Slater said. "[But] you do remember the sting of getting embarrassed at home."