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QB vows to work after uneven game

By Zuri Berry
Globe Staff / September 26, 2011

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The last time Tom Brady and the Patriots lost to the Bills was Sept. 7, 2003, when Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code’’ was No. 2 on the New York Times best seller’s list, the Red Sox lost to the Yankees in the Bronx, and 21-year-old Andy Roddick won the US Open.

Brady threw four interceptions in that 31-0 season-opening loss. The Patriots bounced back nicely, however, going 14-2 before beating the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Flash forward to yesterday’s 34-31 loss to the Bills. Brady tossed four interceptions, matching the number he threw all last season. Brady has five interceptions this season. And despite 387 yards passing and four touchdowns from Brady, the Bills snapped a 15-game losing streak to their AFC East brethren from New England.

“I think any time you turn the ball over you definitely, especially in the situations we were in, it’s never good,’’ said Patriots receiver Wes Welker, whose 217 yards receiving was a franchise record and whose 16 receptions tied a franchise record. “It’s never good for your psyche, it’s never good for the team, and never good for scoring points. It’s not just on Tom. It’s everybody getting on the same page and understanding that we’re in this together. And we all need to make plays and we’re all accountable for it.’’

Brady has been extremely successful against the Bills. He was 17-1 against Buffalo entering yesterday’s game, collecting 39 touchdowns against 12 interceptions while earning a 103.0 passer rating. But yesterday he seemed befuddled at times.

There was the pass intended for Danny Woodhead that bounced off the running back’s hands and was intercepted by Bryan Scott, who dived to nab it before it went out of bounds. Then there was Brady’s pass to Chad Ochocinco over the middle that Leodis McKelvin gobbled up in front of the receiver.

And then, in the fourth quarter, Brady eyeballed tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone, covered by two defenders, and his pass was picked off by George Wilson. His last pick was deflected at the line of scrimmage before Drayton Florence caught it and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.

“I’ve got to wait and see the tape, but [McKelvin] made a good play,’’ Brady said. “With receivers, some days you catch ’em, some days you drop ’em. With quarterbacks, some days it’s a touchdown and some days it’s an interception. It’s just a part of playing football.

“It’s football. It’s a few plays here or there. We’ve been on the other end of that before, too. You’ve got to play for 60 minutes. You’ve got to keep your foot on the gas pedal and play mistake free. We certainly didn’t do that. [We had] too many turnovers, too many penalties, too many scoring opportunities that we missed. That’s why we lost the game.’’

And despite the penalties and turnovers, Brady set a few records. His 387 yards gave him 1,327, the most for a quarterback through the first three games of a season and most in any three-game stretch.

This loss may not sit well with the future Hall of Famer, but he’s looking at the big picture.

“It’s one loss and it’s a long season,’’ Brady said.

“We’ll go back to work and see if we can play better next week.’’

Zuri Berry can be reached at You can follow him on Twitter @zuriberry.

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