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Vince Wilfork calls Andrew Luck one of NFL’s ‘best quarterbacks’

Vince Wilfork.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

As the Patriots use this week to gear up for the AFC Championship game against Andrew Luck and the Colts, Vince Wilfork addressed the media Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s always a pleasure to be playing in this game,” the defensive tackle said. “It’s hard to get to this level. Winning is hard.”

New England has had major success against Andrew Luck, who is 0-3 in his career versus the Patriots.

“Our next opponent, which is a good opponent, a team that’s different now from the last time we’ve faced them. I think they play well together as a team,” Wilfork said.

New England defeated Indianapolis, 42-20, in Week 11, behind Jonas Gray’s 201 yards and four rushing touchdowns.


“[They have a] great offense. I mean, Luck is probably one of the best quarterbacks in the game. He is a young stud,” Wilfork said.

Wilfork had high praises for the quarterback who has had little-to-no success against a New England defense that has forced Luck to throw eight interceptions to his only six touchdown passes.

“Everything we have to do, leading up to this game, we have to do it at the highest level,” Wilfork said.

Sunday’s game is the Patriots their fourth consecutive conference title game appearance.

“To be playing in this game is always a great feeling,” Wilfork said. “As far as having experience in this game, one thing I always try to do is try to treat it like a regular game.”