Wilfork: Biggest win in a long time

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Nose tackle Vince Wilfork had some strong words about the Patriots’ overtime victory over the Ravens on Sunday, calling it “one of the biggest wins around here in a long time” and praising the defense for stepping up in the second half. Here are some of his comments:

Thoughts on the magnitude of the victory:

“I’ll tell you, [I’m feeling] exhausted. Both teams came out and played good football, a lot of credit to the Ravens. Those guys came out and fought hard, but at the same time, we came out and fought hard. What we displayed today was a team. When things weren’t going good, we stuck together. We just kept on saying, ‘Lets just control what we can control’. One play at a time, and everybody got the message.

“That was awesome. Big win. Probably one of the biggest wins around here in a long time. It was the most physical game I’ve ever played in and my hat goes off to my teammates, coaching staff [and their] preparation.”

On the Patriots sticking together after getting down 10 points in the fourth quarter:

“Everyone got the message. A lot of guys here for the playoff game [last season] understood what this game meant. To get away with a W and how we did it -- down 10 and we fought back. At times, we were getting booed, but you know what? We looked past all that stuff and stuck together as a team, a true team. That’s what we have here. We have a very, very good team. We go to war every day for each other, we practice together, we work hard every day and it paid off today for us. I’m very excited about this win -- tired. But at the same time, the feeling is a really good feeling.”

On the defense delivering:

“We stepped up when we needed to step up. All year on third down, we’ve had problems in that area. Then, something went off and we basically turned it around. It’s third down and we get off the field. Once we can get off the field, we’re a totally different defense. ... Now everybody understands how important third down is. Something that small, you know?”

On playing for one another:

“We never gave up. I don’t care what the clock said, we always believed we were going to win that ballgame. How? We didn’t know. But one thing I do know, we stood up for one another. We played for one another. That’s a team. I can go play for anybody if they’re willing to do what we did today. ...

“That’s a very good team in Baltimore, don’t get me wrong. They played their butts off … that ballgame could have gone either way. Both were slugging it out back and forth, back and forth. I’m happy to be on the W side this time.”