"To be honest with you, this isn't the same team from the previous years," Mayo said Thursday, according to the Boston Herald. "I think this team is mentally tough. And you know, a playoff game in itself is motivation. So we're pretty motivated."
"The character of this team is amazing. We haven't had a team like this in a while," Wilfork said. "Hopefully we can finish this thing up and get to where we want to be ... with this team, I love my chances with this team."
The stars could be aligned for a deep New England playoff run. With Ben Roethlisberger hurting in Pittsburgh, Brady is by far the best QB left standing in the conference. Factor in the bye and home-field through the AFC title game, and the Patriots are in great position to end their seven-year itch.