Bill Belichick: Patriots not using Super Bowl loss to Eagles as extra motivation

Ryan Hannable
January 24, 2019 - 2:15 pm

FOXBORO -- This will be the Patriots' third straight appearance in the Super Bowl, but last year did not go as well as the year before.

The Patriots fell 41-33 to the Eagles and allowed 538 yards of total offense and had 613 yards themselves.

Some players who spoke on Wednesday said they will use the loss as a little extra motivation to not have the same feeling again this year, but Bill Belichick said the team isn't thinking about what happened against the Eagles.

"Well, I think right now, this football team is this football team," he said. "It’s not any other one, and we’re going to do the best we can to perform as well as we can against the Rams. That’s going to be a huge challenge, but it’s really just about us right now – there’s nothing in the past that does or doesn’t help us. We’re going to bond together and coach and play as well as we can next Sunday night."

The Patriots have played a Super Bowl against the Rams before, as they beat them 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI.

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