Sunday, December 15, 2013

Brady's potty mouth sums up Patriots' red zone play


The New England Patriots had plenty of opportunities to put some more points on the board and pull away from the Miami Dolphins in their 24-20 loss Sunday. Whether you want to call it a lack of a lack of execution or solid defense, it didn't happen.

Quarterback Tom Brady picked a six-letter word as his description of the offensive production.

"We had plenty of chances all day," he said after the game, via "We make some good plays and then we make plenty of sh**** plays."

Following a moment of stunned silence by reporters, the peeved signal-caller nodded, said "Thank you," and walked away from the podium. Given his performance in the red zone Sunday, the response wasn't too surprising. 

Brady and the offense were 1-for-4 inside 20 yards in the loss, the biggest of those three breakdowns coming on the final drive, where it looked like the Pats would once again pull out a come-from-behind win in the final seconds of the game. What transpired was a trio of incomplete passes and an interception in the end zone on fourth down to seal New England's fate and keep the division title up for grabs.

Brady attempted a season-high 55 passes in the loss, completing 62 percent of his throws overall. His percentage was much worse in the red zone, however, completing only 20 percent of his passes (2-10). 

"We didn't do a good job getting into the red area and we didn't do a good job finishing drives," Brady said before his tamper tantrum. "It turns out we come up on the short end of the stick so it just wasn't a good day. We just couldn't make enough plays when we had a chance to."

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