Belichick ‘disappointed’ with loss; tips hat to Denver defense

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Moving on. That was the message Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had Monday morning, less than 24 hours after his team lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game.

A fourth-quarter comeback fell short in the final seconds of Sunday’s afternoon game, with the Patriots falling to the Broncos 20-18.

Back at Gillette Stadium Monday, Belichick said everyone involved in the game wishes they did something differently that would have changed the outcome of the game.

“It’s all interconnected between the receivers, the quarterback the offensive line.  The timing, the execution, balance and the running game, longer yardage situations, it’s all part of it,” Belichick said. “And in the end, it just wasn’t as good as what it needed to be yesterday – period – in any area. So, I wouldn’t put it on any one guy or any one situation or one position or anything like that. It was just, in the end, we came up short.”

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is chased out of the pocket by New England Patriots defenders during the first half the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
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Belichick said Denver did a good job defensively but said he’s proud of his team.

“I have a lot of respect for the way our team competed.  Proud of it, you know. The guys were battling right to the very last play,” he said. “So. I think each of us that competed in the game – players, coaches – feel the same way.”

He said the team will turn the page, move on, and start the process all over again.

“We’ll do the same thing we do every year. We’ll look at everything that we did try to analyze that. Look at every opportunity looking forward and whatever areas those fall in and make the decisions we feel are best for the team to improve the team,” Belichick said.

The players were in the locker room at Gillette today to clean out their lockers before departing for the off season.

Eyewitness Sports will be in the locker room talking with the players. Hear what they have to say coming up on Eyewitness News starting Live at 5.

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