Bill Belichick on OMF following loss to Dolphins: 'It’s the National Football League. Nobody died'

Ryan Hannable
December 10, 2018 - 4:54 pm

Sunday was one of the most shocking losses in the Bill Belichick era when it comes to thinking the game is over one second, and then losing the next. 

Miami scored a 69-yard touchdown on several laterals with seven seconds left to stun the Patriots.

This could potentially derail a team, so on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday, Belichick was asked what his message to the team was after the game.

“Look, it’s the National Football League. Nobody died," he said. "Got a big game this week against Pittsburgh. We have a two-game lead in the division. There’s a lot of football left in the season. We’ll see how it goes.”

The game against the Steelers doesn't mean as much as it could have with them losing to the Raiders Sunday, which was their third straight loss. The Patriots are now 9-4, while the Steelers are 7-5-1.

It appears like it will come down to the Patriots and Texans for the No. 2 overall seed, but still, Sunday's meeting in Pittsburgh is still a big one.

“They hit the quarterback a lot," Belichick said. "I think they are right at the top of the league in sacks. They have gotten a lot of pressure from their front. Very explosive offensively. We’ve seen that. [James] Conner has had a great year for them. Not sure what exactly his status is, but I am sure anybody and everybody that can be ready to go in this game will be there — both teams. We’ll see how it goes, but certainly we have a lot of respect for Pittsburgh and they are strong in every area of the game. We’ll need to play well. Last year’s game came down to, same thing, final play. I am sure it will be tough out there like it always is.”

The Patriots have won five straight games over the Steelers and 12 out of the last 15.

Related: Bill Belichick further explains final play vs. Dolphins, including why Rob Gronkowski was on field

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