Tom Brady: ‘Certainly, I wish I could’ve done more to help us out’
|01.19.14 at 9:17 pm ET|
DENVER — This was not Tom Brady‘s finest hour.
He knows more than anyone that when you don’t put points up early on the road in a playoff game, you’re in big trouble.
Sunday it was the difference as the Patriots fell behind 10-0 and 13-3 at the half and could never recover as New England fell, 26-16.
Several times in the first half Brady missed open receivers, twice to Julian Edelman and once to Shane Vereen out of the backfield. Brady had Aaron Dobson deep over the middle in the third quarter but couldn’t connect for what would’ve been a momentum-changing touchdown. Instead, Brady lofted it out of the end zone from midfield.
Brady threw his first touchdown pass of the playoffs in the fourth quarter to Edelman and ran in another. But it wasn’t enough.
“Certainly, I wish I could’ve done more to help us out,” said Brady, who finished 24-of-38 for 277 yards and one touchdown pass.
“We executed a little bit better,” Brady said of the two fourth-quarter touchdowns. “I just found some spots and made some throws and catches. We found a little space in there. I just wish we could’ve done it for four quarters.”
In the first three quarters, Brady was just 13-of-22 for 142 yards. He was victimized by a drop by Danny Amendola and the Patriots had just 39 yards rushing on 13 attempts.
“I think when you play good teams, the margin of error is pretty slim all day,” Brady said. “We dug ourselves a pretty big hole there. We just couldn’t do enough. They have a good team and made a lot of plays. I give them a lot of credit.
“It’s the same it’s always been. Certainly, for the New England Patriots, we want to win every time we take the field. We did a decent job to get ourselves to this position. There are two teams that were playing and one gets to advance, and that is the team that played better today.
“They played good and have a lot of good players. I thought they made plays offensively and defensively that really helped them win.”