New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork spoke to the press on Thursday at Gillette Stadium. The official Patriots website posted the full transcript of his press conference, at which he spoke at length regarding Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, where the Pats will face off against the New York Giants.
Wilfork was asked about Giants quarterback Eli Manning:
You've seen him grow. You've seen a guy not making the bonehead mistakes. He's protecting the football and that's first and foremost. When you can protect the football offensively, you have a good shot. And I think with the guys surrounding him that can make plays - that's all they have to do is protect the ball and they'll find themselves in pretty good shape. So it's just a team that's going to grind it out for 60 minutes. They going to play for 60 minutes and you know what, if we make a mistake or anyone that faced them made a mistake, it's going to cost them so it's going to be a tough, tough game for us but at the same time it's going to be very, very exciting.
Manning last stacked up against a tough defense in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. The New York QB took a lot of abuse in that game and still retained his composure, so the Patriots will have their work cut out for them if they are looking to force Manning to make some mistakes.