All the Patriots needed was one yard to pull off an upset in Seattle against the Seahawks Sunday night.
The Patriots clawed their way back in the fourth quarter and trailing by five, marched down the field and got to the 1-yard line with three seconds left trailing 35-30.
Josh McDaniels called for a jumbo package with Newton as the only player in the backfield and a designed QB run, but the Seattle defense sniffed it out and stopped him for a 1-yard loss to end the game.
Speaking via video conference afterwards, Newton took responsibility for getting stopped short, adding he was confident in the play despite running it a few times earlier in the game.
“It was a great play by them,” he said. “It’s a play we had favored into the gameplan. We ran it a couple of times. I said we probably went to the well too many times, but at the end of the day, I still felt confident about it. I just have to execute. … Looking at the clip. I have to be better. I have to be better at the end.”
Newton added: “I just didn’t make everybody right. That’s the only thing I regret. In that type of situation, it’s humbling to be able to have the respect of the team to have the ball in my hands. I just have to deliver.
“I saw a clip of it. I could have made it right by just bouncing it. I was trying to be patient and thinking too much. … Or even just dive over the top. There were so many different things that flashed over me and playing a fast defense like that, as soon as you guess, you’re wrong. I’ll definitely learn from this. The play was there. The play was there all game. Moving forward, we just have to scheme up things and if put in that situation again, hopefully we’ll have a better outcome.”
As for Belichick’s take on the play, it was pretty straight forward and to the point.
“We had one play to score and we tried to go with what we thought was our best play,” he said. “What else is there to think about?”
Newton finished 30-for-44 passing with 397 yards, a touchdown and an interception while adding 47 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.