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Tom Brady: Wes Welker benching didn't affect way team played

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  January 17, 2011 09:03 AM

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On the Patriots' offense:
"Scoring points ultimately comes down to, if you're not making big plays, comes down to consistent plays and we didn't do that as an offensive unit."

On throwing his first interception in three months and difficulty passing:
"The interception on the screen pass was just ... you never imagine that happening. And the other one, I think what happens is we drop balls, that's part of playing receiver, we had a third down play there we could have executed better as well, but you're right, to have two pretty efficient drives to start the game and really only come out of it with three points, was really, I think gave them a lot of fuel..."

"We certainly added fuel to their fire ... They played very well, and I've been racking my brain all night last night, realizing all the different things I wish I would have done better, but that's why they won. That's why they're moving on."

On mistakes
"They pretty much played without any errors and we made our fair share."

"I think the difference was, they didn't made any mistakes. They didn't have any penalties. They didn't have any turnovers. They played well in field position. They didn't give up any big plays on defense. And the last game they gave up some big plays against us, a couple of 50 yard gains, a couple of 20 yard gains for touchdowns. I think they really came into this game saying we're not going to give up those plays when we blitz. We understand there are going to be times when they play man coverage, but I thought they mixed their zones in, and there was some pretty tight coverage in the zones. That was the game plan."

"I think they wanted to say, 'here's what we're going to do,' we're going to play just very similar to the way they played the Colts. We had our opportunities, but we're not going to win games if we turn the ball over, we can't make critical plays in critical situations. You're not going to win those games. Obviously, it's tough to get over. We will get over it but not for some time."

On the Patriots' running game:
"I thought we ran the ball well at times, we really tried to stay balanced. When they had their little guys on the field, we were running the ball a little bit, when they had their big guys on the field, we were trying to take advantage of throwing it. We weren't effective enough in our play-action pass in making big gains out there to take them out of what they' were doing, and I think more so than anything, that's what it came down to.

"I was driving home last night and I said, 'God, we just never put any pressure on them.' And when you're playing at home, and you have a great advantage of playing at home, you really gotta take advantage of those situations, and we didn't do a very good job of that."

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