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Patriots ready to move on from ugly loss to Lions

08.30.11 at 12:17 am ET

The Patriots have taken a look at the film of Saturday’€™s 34-10 preseason loss to Detroit, and on Monday, the players who did get a chance to speak with the media said the onus was on them to learn from their mistakes and move on to the next challenge.

‘€œWe were out there ‘€” we knew how bad the game was. We just didn’€™t make a good game plan,’€ said linebacker Jerod Mayo. ‘€œWe learned a lot from the film and that’€™s one thing that we’€™ll take with the loss. We learned a lot, and hopefully we can move forward in a positive direction.’€

‘€œIt was just one of those games that unfortunately we didn’€™t play to the best of our ability in. We didn’€™t play on a level that we expect to play on,’€ said defensive end Andre Carter. ‘€œIt was just one of those games that you learn from it and just move on. That’€™s something that we’€™ve done.

‘€œWhether it’€™s a win or a loss, the most important thing is that you continue to strive for perfection, and where your strengths and weaknesses are, whether it is you’€™re successful or unsuccessful, and just continue to go on from there,’€ Carter added. ‘€œDespite the loss that we had ‘€“ it’€™s a loss. It’€™s a loss, so from a player or from a coaches’€™ perspective all you can really do is say, ‘€˜OK, these are the things we need to work on and continue to grow, and these are the things we should never do again,’€™ and that’€™s the  best way to put it.’€

Wide receiver Deion Branch discussed what happened on the offensive side of the ball, where the Patriots scored just 10 points after putting up a combined 78 points in the first two preseason games.

‘€œOverall, it wasn’€™t the best performance by [anybody],’€ said Branch, who has yet to catch a pass this preseason. ‘€œEverything is based off execution. If you don’€™t go out and execute, then that’€™s what happens. You know, [if] you go out and do the things the coaches ask you to do, play-by-play, every play, you’€™ll see a positive output. If you don’€™t go out and execute every play ‘€” and another thing, eliminate negative plays ‘€” that’€™s another thing that kind of sets your offense back as a whole.’€

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