Gostkowski plans to have short memory on Sunday's miss


Gostkowski plans to have short memory on Sunday's miss

FOXBORO -- We all know what happened the last time the Patriots and Ravens played.

Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal, with 11 seconds left, that sent New England to the Super Bowl.

As the two teams enter a rematch from last year's AFC Championship Game, the Patriots do so coming off a loss in which their kicker -- Stephen Gostkowski -- missed a 42-yard field goal, with one second left, resulting in an Arizona Cardinals win on Sunday.

Sitting in his locker at Gillette Stadium prior to Wednesday's practice, Gostkowski said he's not going to let one bad kick affect his psyche entering Sunday night's game in Baltimore.

"What I did last week or Week 1 or whatever, will not affect me the next game, negatively or positively," said Gostkowski. "You just move on. If you do well, you can get too big of a head. And if you do bad, you can get down on yourself. You've just got to have a short memory. And if you want to last long on a team or in the NFL, you've got to have a short memory, good or bad."

"Stuff happens, and you've got to move on. I've had too much success kicking to let one bad kick ruin me for another week . . . I just focus on kicking well against Baltimore. You don't dwell on the past, good or bad. You just move on."

Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft


Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft

Many -- most? -- of Tom Brady's teammates, and ex-teammates, feel the same as the denizens of Patriots Nation: That the future Hall of Fame quarterback has been unfairly railroaded in the kangaroo court of Roger Goodell and Ted Wells and the NFL.

Unlike the rest, however, Kevin Faulk had the chance to do something about it.

He made an unmistakable statement when, while making one of the Patriots' picks at the recent NFL Draft, he whipped off his jacket and displayed a Patriots jersey adorned with Brady's No. 12. And he punctuated it with a look of total defiance on his face.

Pats fans loved it. And so did a certain quarterback.

Brady called Faulk and, according to the ex-running back, told him: "Thank you for just showing the respect that we had for each other."

"That was all it [was]," Faulk said Tuesday morning on Toucher & Rich. "It wasn't [a] big, drawn-out deal, nothing like that. It was, 'Thank you.' . . .

"We may not talk every day, but whenever we do pick up the phone to call to each other, we can help each other out."

Still, Faulk admitted to nerves prior to the moment, Until . . . 

"[I] went to the green room right before they take you to the stage," he related. "And the girl who took me to the green room, she was a New England Patriots fan. And she was like, 'I love it!' So that just gave me that much more . . . confidence.

"It was like, 'Let's go do this!' "