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."
Appearing on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas’ hip will be evaluated by the Celtics in September before the team decides how to proceed.
The C’s were unsure of whether Thomas would require surgery on his right hip, which ended his postseason early. He has gone the offseason without surgery, so the C’s will look at it next month.
“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.
Added Stevens: “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.”
Stevens said that the uncertainty of not knowing whether Thomas would need surgery was challenging, but that his priority was the player.
“I don’t know if it was unnerving because you can only control what you can control, but it’s a big deal for me because it’s a big deal to him,” he said. “Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”
Anthony Scaramucci isn't afraid to say stuff. This time, it involves the Patriots.
The outspoken former White House communications director follows over 180,000 Twitter accounts. One of them is @rslashpatriots, who asked about Robert Kraft's Super Bowl rings via direct message.
Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005. According to Kraft, he took out the ring to show it to Putin, but Putin put it in his pocket and left without giving it back.
Now that Trump has Kraft's ring, Kraft theoretically only has three of a possible five Super Bowl rings now. Guessing he could get new ones made.