Belichick: 'Came up a play or two short'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As is his custom after a loss, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was typically short on words and analysis after New England was stung by the Giants, 24-20, on a one-yard touchdown toss from Eli Manning to Jake Ballard with 19 seconds left Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

“Not much to say here,” said Belichick. “This was a tough game. We had our chances, we just came up a little bit short. We’ve got to keep working here and see if we can play a little better. The Giants are a good football team. They did a good job and we’ve just got to do a little better than we did.

“It was a hard-fought game and it came down to the last few seconds. We just came up a play or two short, that’s all, across the board,” he said.

The Pats’ generally high-powered offense sputtered in the first half, getting blanked. They rebounded for 20 points in the second half. Why the improvement?

“I don’t know. We try to go out there and do well every time we go out on the field. The players. They did a good job (in the second half, but) we didn’t do quite enough,” he said.

There were a couple of interference calls that went against the Pats, Ochocinco didn’t seem on the same page with quarterback Tom Brady and there were inconsistencies as a whole on offense and defense.

So what does this mean for next week’s clash for first place in the AFC East on the road against the Jets?

Belichick was not in the mood to look ahead.

“We just put everything we had into this game,” said Belichick. “The game’s been over for 10 minutes. We’ll start working the Jets tomorrow and work on the Jets all week and get ready for the Jets. We really haven’t been working on the Jets. We just finished the Giants game.”