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Belichick explains late timeout

9/25/2011

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he went on the field with 1:43 remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Bills with intentions of calling a timeout after a video review reversed a call that Buffalo's Fred Jackson had scored a go-ahead touchdown.

"I took a timeout," explained Belichick. "I went down to call a timeout... [The officials] were waving me back, I was going down there to call it."

Stopping Jackson short of the goal line actually worked against New England, as the clock was set to run after the reversal, prompting Belichick's timeout. Even with the timeout that Belichick called, the team did not have enough remaining to prevent Buffalo from eating up the rest of the clock. Rian Lindell booted a 28-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Bills to a 34-31 triumph at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

"Obviously, it was a disappointing loss for us today," said Belichick. "It was a hard-fought game. Buffalo did a good job. It's always difficult coming in here. They made a few more plays than we did today. We just have to do a better job -- obviously turnovers, the long drive, penalties, all those things didn't help us. We've just gotta do a better job on that."

Asked about the four interceptions throw by quarterback Tom Brady, Belichick said simply: "We turned the ball over four times. You don't win many games that way."

Belichick was brief with his responses and didn't expound much. Asked about defensive struggles -- an issue across the league -- he boiled it down.

"I don't know about the rest of the league, I just know about the game we play," said Belichick. "We just need to score more and give up less."