BOSTON (WEEI.com) -- Tom Brady takes responsibility for staying in the pocket and getting sacked in the waning moments of the first half in the New England Patriots' shocking 34-33 loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins, which resulted in the Patriots leaving three points on the board.
In his weekly interview Monday with “Mut & Callahan,” Brady said his mistake is inexcusable, echoing his words from the postgame podium.
“It was just a bad play,” he said. “We called the timeout after we got the first down and we ran a couple of plays. It was third down, and I thought, ‘OK, well let’s not throw an interception,’ and I had a few other things going through my mind. I just took it for granted. I don’t care how long you play, you’ve got to just stay really aware of those situations. Don’t give away three points like that. That was just a really bad play by me.”
If Brady threw the ball away, the Patriots would’ve called on Stephen Gostkowski for the chip-shot field goal, which would’ve been the difference in the game. Still, after two follow-up questions about the play, Brady said it was time to move on.
“That rarely happens,” he said. “It’s kind of an anomaly. I’m not going to overly evaluate it. It’s just a bad play.”
Overall, Brady played one of his best games of the season, completing 27 of 43 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman led the offensive attack, reeling in 17 combined catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
But the Patriots’ vintage offensive performance was wasted due to the Dolphins’ improbable 69-yard lateral touchdown to close the game. Brady, who was watching the play develop from the sidelines, says he doesn’t think the heartbreaking defeat will stick with the Patriots the rest of the way.
“We’ve had a lot of tough losses over the years,” he explained. “We’ve lost some pretty important games. What’s the difference of losing by 14 (points) down there or losing by 50 or losing by one? They all count the same, and mental toughness is mental toughness. You've just got to realize that lots of things had to go right for them to win, and they did. Give them credit. They made some important plays. We’ve got a lot of football to play. There were a lot of positives from yesterday’s game that we’ve got to use going forward, and will use going forward. Our whole season is ahead of us. Let’s make the most of it.”
With the Kansas City Chiefs two games ahead in the standings, it looks like the Patriots may be forced to go on the road in the playoffs. All four of their losses this season were on the road. Despite their record away from Gillette Stadium, Brady says he’s confident in his team’s ability to win anywhere.
“We’ve had four losses on the road,” he said. “In the first two, I would say it was slow starts. Then you look at the Tennessee game. We just got physically outplayed. Then yesterday was what it was. We had every opportunity to win that game. I don’t think we can’t win on the road. We’ve won on the road, we’ve played well on the road. We’ve just got to close the deal.”