Locker Room Buzz: New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Observed in the locker room after the New England Patriots' 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins:

Brady on status of right throwing hand: Quarterback Tom Brady, whose apparently swollen right hand was shown multiple times with close-up shots on the CBS broadcast, was asked about how it feels. "My hand is perfect," he said, not elaborating. Asked if it was bothering him, he answered, "Absolutely not." Told that it looks pretty swollen, Brady said: "I didn't know anyone knows what the back of my right hand looks like, but it looks fine to me. It feels good. I'll be out there next week, you don't have to worry about that. ... For the eighth week of the year, I feel awesome."

Belichick all smiles: Patriots coach Bill Belichick was obviously pleased with the result, saying he was proud of the team's mental toughness and that the result reflected its character. He pointed out that the third quarter has been a tough one for the Patriots, as they had been outscored 44-9 in the quarter entering the game, but that changed Sunday, even as the crowd booed the team at halftime, something Belichick acknowledged that he heard. Belichick also smiled when referencing one of the key plays in the game, an 8-yard run by Brady on fourth-and-4 on the team's final touchdown drive. Brady doesn't run often. Belichick seemed to like that one.

No overlooking Gostkowski and impact of wind: Stephen Gostkowski's 48-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter, which came after the Patriots took a smart timeout with the wind in mind, was cited by Belichick as a "big one for us at that point because we also got the kickoff, which he touched back." The wind was a factor in game management/field position, and the Patriots aced the test.