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Rob Ninkovich on M&M: ‘A lot of plays that we left out there’

10.21.13 at 12:41 pm ET

Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, one of the team’s new defensive captains following season-ending injuries to Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, joined Mut & Merloni on Monday afternoon to talk about Sunday’s 30-27 overtime loss to the Jets.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow when you don’t come out and play the way that you need to play,” he said. “After watching the tape, there were a lot of plays that we left out there, myself included. I put myself in that category. I should have made a few more plays that could have changed the game.

“It’s just one of those things that we can’t go and have these Cincinnati, Jets away games like this. When we’re playing on the road, we’ve got to play tougher, we’ve got to play better.”

The game ended in controversy, as Pats rookie defensive lineman Chris Jones was called for a new obscure penalty for pushing a teammate into the line on a field goal attempt. The Jets missed, but penalty gave them a second chance that they converted for the win.

“The rules are the rules, and you’ve got to live with them,” Ninkovich said. “But at that specific time, there’s a lot of flags that weren’t thrown out there for things that were going on. For that to be the long, super-long field goal, for them to kind of alter the way the game was going with that call ‘€¦ Granted, the rules are rules, and you can’t go away from rules. But that’s the first one called ever this year, and I’m sure it’s happened before.

“To throw the flag on that one, it’s not a fun situation to be in, especially when they missed the field goal and the [Patriots] offense gets the ball there around the 50.”

Added Ninkovich: “I think that situations like that come up weekly around the league. I’m sure that we’ll learn from it and move on from it. It’s just an unfortunate ending to a game that we thought that we could finish out there. We shouldn’t even have been in that position to begin with. We could have done some things along the way to not even have that situation come up.”

To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at

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