USA About: Patriots Publish: 12/21/2021 Edit: 12/21/2021 Author: Gardener
What's more surprising than Bill Belichick's team making sloppy mistakes? How about the longtime Patriots coach apologizing for his grumpy post-game post-game posture. The meme maker "on to Cincinnati" told reporters on Monday that he was sorry to have stopped short after the 27:17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, which deposed New England from the AFC's No. 1. Belichick's responses on Saturday night ranged from grumpy to argumentative, but the new week brought a new attitude. Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, right, runs with the ball while wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) safety New England Patriots Kyle Dugger, left, during the second half of an NFL soccer game on Saturday, December 18 2021, blocked. in Indianapolis. (AP Photo / AJ Mast) I seemed a little too short with you after the game, ”said Belichick. I don't know there's much more to say now, but it's not your fault. The Patriots had won seven in a row to catapult themselves to the top of the conference, but things quickly fell apart in Indianapolis. New England were tossed around on the Colts' first possession, with Jonathan Taylor running for 33 yards six times in a row to set up a touchdown. Indianapolis then blocked a punt and won it in the end zone to make it 14-0. Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Darius Leonard (53) pushes away New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers after intercepting a pass in the first half of an NFL soccer game in Indianapolis on Saturday, December 18, 2021. (AP Photo / Aaron Doster) A field goal made it 17-0 before Mac Jones was picked up after driving New England to Indianapolis 15 at the end of the first half. Jones threw his second interception to begin the second half, setting up the Colts' 46-yard field goal attempt; they missed, but an offside penalty gave them another chance that successfully put Indianapolis 20-0 ahead. In total, the Patriots committed eight penalties, including three false starts and one that knocked Kyle Duggar out of the game. When asked about Taylor, which ended in 170 yards, Belichick said, “I've said it five times, I could just say it five more times. We didn't do anything well enough to win tonight, including giving up 225 yards in the frenzy. ”The loss cost the Patriots pole position for the conference number one and a bye in the first round. "If we don't handle it well, it will be our season," said defender Devin McCourty. “Boys in here all have lost games. We started the season in defeat so we know what to do and we know how to practice against a team we know well. ”The Patriots are still one game ahead at AFC East Buffalo; You could get a playoff spot and close the division almost entirely by beating the Bills next week. And New England has the second easiest remaining schedule in the conference (to the Chargers) with their last two games against Jacksonville and Miami. The six offensive penalties were a highlight of the season. So we just have to keep going, ”said Jones. "Flush that game down the toilet and just roll." Hunter Henry caught two touchdown passes and now leads all NFL tight ends by nine for the season; it's also a career high. Nick Folk hit a personal high with his 34th field goal of the season. He has made 53 straight out of 50 yards, and his 133 points this year is also a personal best. Jones looks like a long-term solution for the quarterback for a few weeks and the rookie makes rookie mistakes in others. He blamed the performance of a week of poor exercise after a bye. "At first the energy was pretty low for me, maybe as if we were feeling a little bit sorry for ourselves because we were saying goodbye and all that," he said. "We just didn't train well and that just reflects how we did. And I didn't train well and I know a lot of the guys on our team thought the same." 1-4 - Belichick's regular season record without Tom Brady with an extra week of preparation (including the bye weeks and the games postponed due to September. The Patriots are 15-8 (.682) overall with an extra week since Belichick took over in 2000, but that's actually worse than his overall New England win rate of 0.723 The Patriots hosted Buffalo on Sunday in a rematch of the windy game on December 6, when Jones threw only three passes in a 14-10 win. The Bills can still New England at AFC East catch up, but would still remain in the tiebreaker of the conference records even if the series were split up. "We have to be on our way," said McCourty only a few weeks ago, defeated, that's ready to leave because they are in a must-win situation. "
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