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Tom Brady on K&C following loss to Dolphins: 'Everyone took this pretty hard'

Ryan Hannable
December 12, 2017 - 8:19 am

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Kirk & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss Monday's 27-20 loss to the Dolphins and to look ahead to next Sunday's game against the Steelers. To hear the complete interview, visit the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Patriots entered the game riding an eight-game win streak and had a chance to clinch the AFC East with the win. Not many saw the poor performance coming, but the team cannot afford to dwell on the loss as the biggest game of the year is just five days away in Pittsburgh.

“I think everyone took this pretty hard," Brady said. "The locker room wasn’t in very good spirits and the plane ride home was very quiet. It is also the ability for us to learn from it and move forward, which is what we are going to need to do because I think we have always felt that one loss shouldn’t become two and two shouldn’t become three because that is when it really turns into bad seasons. We have to figure out a way to play a lot better and I am confident we will put out a good plan. There will be lot of urgency. We know what we’re up against and we will try to put out our best game of the year.”

Pittsburgh enters the game at 11-2 and atop the AFC standings. It has been talking about the game for a few weeks now, which drew some criticism across the country.

“They have been talking about this game for a long time," Brady said. "It is an important game for both teams, so we will see if we can go out and play a lot better. There is no real magic formula, it is just execution on a play-in, play-out basis and that is what it will take to beat a really good team.”

Against the Dolphins Monday night, the Patriots got off to a bad start and were never really in the game. Brady noted you never want to play from behind against a team like Miami. It was the first time the Patriots trailed in a game since the Chargers game, the week before the bye.

“It was exactly how we didn’t want to play the game," Brady said. "We got behind and whenever you do that against a team like the Dolphins, they do some good things coverage-wise, they have obviously a good rush. You don’t want to be forced into a one-dimensional game and that was really because of our poor play. That happened and just ended up playing very out of sync and not doing anything right on third down. It was a big factor. We couldn’t stay on the field and just a bad night.”

New England did fight until the end, kicking a field goal in the final minutes to make it a 27-20 game and then trying an onside kick, but failing to recover it. This meant something to Brady.

“I was proud of the way we fought back and we made some plays there at the end," he said. "I thought we played a lot more competitively at the end and that was good to see. We just have to draw from that and I think we will. It’s certainly a team effort out there. I don’t think we really got it done in any of the phases. Kind of what coach talked about — it is one game, one loss and we have to be able to learn from it and just move forward.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit the team page.

On if he was upset with Rob Gronkowski for getting suspended: “No, like I said, he said what he had to say, and I think he knows it was a mistake. It is unfortunate, but you learn from it and move on. Hopefully it never happens again. I think that is what you take from it.”

On his relationship with Ben Roethlisberger: “I think he is just incredible. He is an incredible player and he has such a unique style of play and he has those guys going. That offense looks pretty unstoppable, so we have a lot of work cut out for us to figure out ways to slow them down, but Ben looks like he is playing as good as he ever has."

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