BOSTON (CBS) – It hasn’t happened that often so when it does, everyone takes notice.
Last week the Patriots lost for the first time at home in December since 2002. The loss against the 49ers was a tough one to take because of how it happened; New England got dominated only to make a comeback bid, and then let it slip away.
Losses stick with the team, and Tom Brady hates each and every one of them.
“I don’t think you ever get over any loss you ever had,” Brady said earlier this week. “I probably remember every single one. When you lose, it sucks. There’s no question about it. It’s not fun for anybody. It makes for a long week, and it makes for long seasons when you lose.”
So now the Patriots have spent the last week of practice focusing on getting back on a winning track. They’ve focused on correcting the mistakes from last Sunday — and there were plenty — while keeping their focus on Jacksonville.
“That’s what the last two days have been about, as well as getting ready for Jacksonville and the different things they do to try to screw up offenses,” Brady said. “They’ve been very competitive in a bunch of games this year. I know they haven’t won them all, but they went down to the wire against a great team like Houston, at Houston, so they’re as capable as anybody.”
Brady was just one of the many Patriots to sing the Jags’ praise this week. But the bottom line is they are 2-12, and haven’t done much well this season.
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It will be an angry bunch of Patriots heading down to Jacksonville this weekend, and that’s bad news for the Jaguars. If Brady torched the 49ers stellar secondary for 443 yards, imagine what he can/will do against the Jags — one of the worst pass defenses in the league.
One final note: Brady is 3-0 in his career against the Jaguars, throwing for 774 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
Tune in to Sunday’s Patriots-Jaguars game at 1pm on WBZ-TV and 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pregame coverage begins on 98.5 with Patriots Preview at 10am, followed by three hours of postgame coverage after the game. WBZ-TV kicks off their coverage at 11:30am with Patriots GameDay, followed by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s postgame press conferences on Patriots 5th Quarter after the game.