Tom Brady: ‘Just a poor performance all around’
|10.06.13 at 5:42 pm ET|
CINCINNATI — Tom Brady wasn’t concerned about his streak of touchdown passes coming to an end at 52 games in a 13-6 loss to the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. He was more concerned with why it happened.
Brady was just 18-of-38 for 197 yards, with one interception and no touchdowns for the first time since 2010. There was good reason for Brady’s day of misery. He was sacked four times, hit eight times and hurried constantly all day. Brady couldn’t find the end zone with a pass or a run for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets in Sept. 2009. His quarterback rating of 52.2 is unofficially the seventh-lowest of his career.
“It wasn’t our best day of execution today,” Brady said. “We certainly let some opportunities get away in the first half. We had too many times where we had negative plays and it took us out of field position. It wasn’t very good execution. I give them a lot of credit. They have a great defense that puts a lot of pressure on you in many areas. Our execution needed to be good today, and it wasn’t.”
As for the streak?
“I’m bummed we lost,” Brady said. “That’s all that really matters.”
All that really seemed to matter for Cincinnati was their championship caliber defensive line, led by Geno Atkins.
“We did a good job applying pressure on him,” Atkins said. “We made sure he couldn’t step up [in the pocket]. As a whole, we did a great job pushing the pocket.”
Brady felt badly for his own defense, that held Cincinnati to just one touchdown and took away Andy Dalton’s weapons all day.
“They have been playing great all year,” Brady said. “You can’t expect to kick two field goals and win many games in the NFL. We can do a better job than that, and we are going to have to if we want to win these games. We had too many silly execution errors and mental mistakes. It is hard to drive the ball down the field if you keep making those mistakes.”
Brady seemed to struggle with communication all day, including when the Patriots got to the Bengals 1 in the fourth quarter, trailing, 13-3. Julian Edelman went in motion just as the Bengals were calling timeout on defense. Brady clapped his hands together in anger and frustration as Cincinnati got a chance to regroup.
“That is always something that we are trying to handle on the road,” Brady said. “They do a pretty good job of disguising blitzes and so forth. They got us several times today, especially in the fourth quarter. We had plenty of opportunities and chances in the red zone to get it in today and we just didn’t. It was just a poor performance all around.”