Patriots feel 'child-like joy' at Cundiff's miss

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Patriots feel 'child-like joy' at Cundiff's miss

FOXBORO -- So how did the Patriots feel when Billy Cundiff lined up for -- and then missed -- the potential game-tying field goal?

Jerod Mayo: "Child-like joy. Its all about child-like joy. Last night felt like the day before Christmas for me and I havent had that feeling in a long time. At this level, the day before Christmas is like a regular day. But now I just feel like I got my present. We have one more game to go. Well enjoy this one tonight and get back to work tomorrow."

Matt Light: "The taste and the victory and the whole nine yards. When you get an opportunity to do it again its incredible. Its an incredible feeling. It will take a while to sink in that were going to the Super Bowl and then it will be a heck of a week of preparation as always, but this is what we fought hard for all year to have an opportunity to get to the Super Bowl. Well see how it goes from there."

Devin McCourty: "We were going to block it. Thats what I was thinking that we were going to block it and not go to overtime and win and go to the Super Bowl. The guys came off the ball had a great rush and thats the difference. You just want to keep the pressure on the kicker and it went wide left and next thing you know Im sprinting down the field."

Aaron Hernandez: "I was watching. My heart was pumping because I knew I had a chance to make that play so we wouldnt have to give the ball back to them. It was crazy. I feel bad for Billy Cundiff because its a tough kick with a lot of pressure, but Im glad we came away with a victory."

C's Mickey sent to D-League

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C's Mickey sent to D-League

Jordan Mickey, inactive in five of the Boston Celtics’ last six games, has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the Development League.

“He’s been inactive in a few of these games here,” Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Philadelphia. “And rather than being inactive and being here in a suit and tie, we knew there was a hockey game this afternoon and it was going to be unlikely to get much action on the court at all today. So it made a lot more sense to play for a couple days and fly down to Houston and meet us.”

Mickey has appeared in just eight games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

Tonight will be the former second-round pick’s 10th missed game this season, five in which he did not play (coaches decision) and another five in which he will be inactive.

The lack of playing time for the second-year player has more to do with Boston’s depth in the frontcourt than anything specific to his game.

“He’s done a good job,” Stevens said of Mickey. “It’s the same old thing that last year although we’re not quite as deep at that spot. But it’s still, at the end of the day we have to make a decision of, are we going to play more traditional or are we going to slide like a Jonas (Jerebko) or Jae (Crowder) over to the four (power forward) and play more spaced which limits the amount of bigs you can have in a game.

Stevens added, “he’s done a good job.  He’s made progress. I don’t think there’s any question we think he’s a guy that can help us not only down the road but this year.”

Mickey is in the lineup for the Red Claws’ game tonight against Santa Cruz and he’s also scheduled to play in Sunday’s game against the Raptors 905 with both games being televised via Facebook Live.