BOSTON (CBS) – Usually, it’s Patriots head coach Bill Belichick who is known for his short press conferences following a loss.
But Sunday in Miami, quarterback Tom Brady went short.
Following the Patriots 24-20 loss in Miami, Brady was a very unhappy camper. Despite a solid afternoon with 364 passing yards and two touchdowns, Brady and the Patriots’ comeback bid came up short, with the Pats QB getting picked off in the end zone to seal the loss.
After Miami took the lead with 1:21 remaining in the game, Brady nearly led his team down the field and into the end zone. The Patriots got down to the Miami 19-yard line with 27 seconds left, and had four shots at the end zone.
But they couldn’t convert on any of the chances, and Brady’s frustration showed in his brief chat with the media after the loss.
“We didn’t do a good job getting in the red area, we didn’t do a good job finishing drives,” Brady said. “Turns out coming up on the short end of the stick. It wasn’t a good day and we couldn’t make plays when we had a chance to.”
“We had plenty of chances all day. We made some good plays, and made plenty of [crappy] plays,” said Brady, using a different word before walking off to catch the team bus. (Continued…)
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The Patriots nearly had the win, but just couldn’t come through when it mattered most. Brady almost connected with receiver Danny Amendola on first down, who caught the ball and fell into the end zone. But as he came down, Miami defensive back Michael Thomas knocked the ball loose.
“I’d like to have that one,” said Amendola, who posted 131 yards on 10 receptions. “The game is on the line and I’d really like to have that one.”
After an offside penalty on Miami set the Patriots up with a second down on the Miami 14, Brady’s pass to Julian Edelman was a little too long for the receiver to come down with, and Brady’s third down bid for tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was a little too high over the middle.
On fourth down, Thomas jumped in front of Austin Collie in the end zone to come down with the game-sealing interception.
A win would have clinched the AFC East for the Patriots and moved them to the top seed in the AFC. But instead, they no longer control their own destiny in playoff seeding, and a Cincinnati win Sunday night over the Steelers will knock the Patriots down to the three-seed in the AFC.
It’s easy to see why Brady was so frustrated after a “crappy” loss.
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