Following the Patriots' 47-17 win over the Patriots on Wild Card Weekend, many discussed how the gap between the two teams is pretty big, especially given how good Josh Allen was in the game and he'll be in Buffalo for at least six more seasons.
But speaking two days after the game, Patriots safety Adrian Phillips disagreed.
“Buffalo is a great team and what they’ve got going over there is great and they built up a nice roster, but I don’t think the gap is huge at all," he said. "They just made the plays that were out there to be made and we didn’t make ours. It’s going to be fun for the next few years, and we’ll look to see how it is at the end of those years. I don’t think it’s a gap at all. I will always ride with what we have on this side. I think we’re better than everybody else. We just have to go out there and prove it.”
Phillips, who signed a contract extension at the end of the regular season with New England, is excited for the future.
“I think the nucleus that we’ve got is really good, and we’re building with some great players, some great young players," he said. "Like Rhamondre [Stevenson] came in and balled, B-More [Christian Barmore] came in and balled and I think Mac [Jones] came in and did an outstanding job. Throughout the next few years, it’s going to be exciting.
"It’s going to be exciting, but it’s going to be work. It’s hard to win in this league and you can’t be comfortable just going to the Wild Card playoff game and thinking the next few years are going to be easy because everybody is going to be trying to get better. I think it’s going to be exciting, but at the same time I think it’s going to be a lot of hard work.”
Buffalo will travel to Kansas City for the divisional round.