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Tom Brady admits making a wildly uncharacteristic -- and costly -- mistake in walk-off loss to Dolphins

John Tomase
December 09, 2018 - 5:10 pm

After suffering what might be the most shocking regular season loss of his career, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady accepted responsibility for the lateral-fueled walkoff defeat to the Dolphins on Sunday.

“They made a good play,” Brady said after Kenyan Drake went 69 yards on the final play to steal the 34-33 victory. “I think we all have plays on offense for those desperation plays and they did a good job executing it. They got it to their fast guys. Football’s a crazy game. It shouldn’t have come down to that. I think we left a lot more points on the board offensively. That’s football, unfortunately.”

Brady in particular castigated himself for the final play of the first half, when he took a sack deep in Dolphins territory that allowed time to expire before the Patriots could kick a short field goal. Brady admitted he lost track of timeouts.

“That was a terrible play by me,” he said. “That should never happen. I just lost track. I thought we had one timeout. We called the one and ran a couple of plays and I was just not thinking on third down. Just a play that should never happen.”

While that play cost the Patriots three points, they also lost four off the leg of Stephen Gostkowski, who missed a field goal and extra point. Any one of those points would’ve given the Pats the game or at least likely forced overtime.

But that’s what happens in Miami, where Brady has now lost five of his last six starts.

“We said it’s tough to win here even when it seems like we should, and we figure out a way to not finish it the right way,” Brady said. “And give them credit – they made a great play at the end. They play well here. We haven’t. It’s that simple.

“I’ve had some pretty tough losses in my career,” Brady added. “I’ve had a lot of tough losses. We’ve got a lot of football left and we’ll play better next week.”

Brady finished 27 of 43 for 358 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots visit the Steelers next Sunday.