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New England Patriots Links 11/07/11 - Brady: 'We're Going to Keep Fighting'

<em>Kenny Phillips tries one sure way to bring down Rob Gronkowski, who scored the go-ahead TD in the 4th</em>.
Kenny Phillips tries one sure way to bring down Rob Gronkowski, who scored the go-ahead TD in the 4th.

Bill Belichick didn't have much to say at his post-game presser, but sounded especially disappointed at the way it ended.

[On the offense being a big part of the game]  It was a hard-fought game and it came down to the last few seconds. We just came up a play or two short, that's all - across the board.

[On moving forward to the Jets and what kind of adjustments can be made this week]  I don't know. We just put everything we had into this game. The game's been over for 10 minutes. We'll start working the Jets tomorrow and work on the Jets all week and get ready for the Jets. We really haven't been working on the Jets; we just finished the Giants game.

Tom Brady answers questions about Sunday's loss, on WEEI this morning.

"We not going to sit here and feel bad for ourselves," Brady said this morning on WEEI. "We’re 5-3. Is it where we want to be? No. But rather than make excuses and point fingers, we’re all going to go out and try to perform better. … After eight games, it’s not where we want to be, where we expected to be. But we’re the only people who can do anything about it. We’re not going to bitch and complain and point fingers. Try to see if we can do a better job."

"I wish I’d completed more passes. There were plays out there that I could’ve hit. Those are the ones I think about. They made a lot of plays, it’s a good defense. We’re going to keep fighting, that’s what we’ve always done. We’ve got to get back to winning, making more good plays than bad plays. There are a lot of things I need to do better. When I’m driving home last night, that’s what I’m thinking about. What I need to do to help our team win."

Brian Waters doesn't think this loss is a reason for the team to lack confidence.

"There's no reason for us to lack confidence. This is a good football team. I've been on some losing football teams, some really bad ones. This isn't one of them. This is a good football team. We're going to fight it out all 16 games and see where it lays after that."



  • Ian Rapoport recaps Sunday's loss, that ran the gamut from a scoreless half to a 10-point deficit to a 20-17 lead with 1.40 seconds left to the 24-20 loss.
  • Shalise Manza Young notes the Patriots were so close to pulling off a come-from-behind win but that critical PI call killed them.
  • Steve Buckley talks about the total team effort in contributing to the loss.
  • Dan Ventura details the play of the game, the Manning-to-Cruz pass toward the left corner of the end zone with Sergio Brown running into Cruz for a pass interference.
  • Karen Guregian points out Tom Brady's trust issues with his receivers, some of whom can't get free of their own shadows in man-coverage.
  • Greg A. Bedard puts this loss on the atrocious play of the offense for three quarters.
  • Mike Rodak sees offensive execution as a growing problem.
  • Christopher Price tells us ten things we learned Sunday: Real test now looms for Patriots
  • Mike Reiss questions the disappearing act of Albert Haynesworth and wonders whether his back ailment was to blame.
  • Mike Reiss looks at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots' in their 24-20 loss to the Giants.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at snaps played by offensive skill-position players.
  • ESPN Boston Game Center. Headlines, stories, analysis of Sunday's loss.
  • Kirk Minihane tells us what went wrong and what went right for the Patriots.
  • ESPN Boston charts where the Pats stand through 8 games and offers a bit of good news.
  • Justin Doubleday recounts how the Patriots secondary shined and then faltered.
  • Ron Borges waxes poetic about how Sunday was an example of how dynasties end: "eaten bit by bit until the edge is no longer on your side of the line of scrimmage."
  • Dan Shaughnessy giddily compares in detail, yesterday's loss with Super Bowl XLII.
  • Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Chad Ochocinco is still optimistic despite going 0-for-cinco last night; Taylor Price tweaked his hamstring during the week; Injuries to Brandon Spikes and Gary Guyton were what forced special teamer Tracy White to be on the field at the end of the game; Stephen Gostkowski was kicking himself after a missed field goal; Wes Welker had a scare after getting crushed in a rib-and-neck-jarring tackle.
  • Boston Globe Patriots Notebook: Tom Brady targeted his favorite receivers, Wellker and Gronkowski, 25 times; Ochocinco came up with the goose-egg, making it three games without a catch; Brandon Spikes had a highlight-reel hit on Jake Ballard but left the game after colliding with Kyle Arrington on a play at the goal line; Belichick has had 4 of his 6 challenges upheld; Hernandez and Gronkowski have more than half of Brady's TDs this season.