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Patriots players aren't dwelling on loss to Dolphins, they are on to Pittsburgh

Ryan Hannable
December 11, 2018 - 12:37 pm

The biggest concern following Sunday's stunning loss to the Dolphins was how the team would react and potentially let it linger.

After going into Gillette Stadium for meetings on Monday, it does not seem like that will be the case, as the team has already turned the page and has moved on to the Steelers.

“We’ve processed what happened, and we’re on to Pittsburgh,” Matthew Slater told reporters Monday afternoon. “I don’t think there’s really much else to talk about.”

Added center David Andrews: “It is what it is. We’ve got a lot we can do better. We’ve got a big challenge coming up this week, so that’s what we’re focused on. We can’t do anything to change what happened, so we’ve got to move on.”

Sunday's game in Pittsburgh is a huge one for both teams.

The Steelers have lost three straight and desperately need a win since if they continue to slip they are in danger of not even making the playoffs at all, while the Patriots likely need to win out to ensure the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.

“We have a good group of men in here — men of character,” Kyle Van Noy said. “We work really hard. We’re disappointed with the loss, but it’s time to move on. We’re ready for the Steelers. It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere there. It’s going to be a playoff atmosphere. They need a win. We need a win. So it’s going to be a highly competitive game.”

The Patriots have beaten the Steelers in 12 out of the last 15 meetings.

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