FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There’s nothing the Patriots can do now about Sunday’s game against the Giants.
New England lost, 24-20. That one is in the books, dropping the Patriots to 5-3. They have lost two in a row in falling into a three-way tie with Buffalo and the Jets for first place in the AFC East.
But while quarterback Tom Brady will be searching for reasons New England lost the struggle with New York, he’ll also be just as interested in how his team will react to this unaccustomed adversity in the near future, beginning with next Sunday night’s tough matchup on the road against the Jets.
“We’ll see what our team is made of this week,” said Brady, who was a rather pedestrian (for him) 28 for 49 for 342 yards, his personal line also showing two touchdowns, a pair of interceptions and a lost fumble.
“We’re not playing the way we’re capable of playing, so (we have to) try to figure out the reasons why. We keep practicing. We keep battling out there. I’ll say there’s a lot of fight in the guys. I think that’s one thing that we take away is that last week (in a loss at Pittsburgh) the going got tough and we got going. Same thing with Dallas (in the previous game) and the same thing this week,” said Brady, who threw a touchdown pass for the 24th consecutive regular-season game, extending his franchise record.
Clearly, Brady expects the Patriots to meet the challenge of righting the ship.
“There are a lot of guys who play hard and we play until the end. We learn every week. We just didn’t finish the way we would have hoped that it would have finished today,” said Brady, whose touchdown toss to Rob Gronkowski put New England on top, 20-17, with 1:36 to go, a lead the defense couldn’t hold.
“I’m proud of our resiliency. There’s no quit in this team. We’re going to keep fighting. There’s a lot of guys who battled back and fought through adversity (Sunday). Wes (Welker) takes some huge hits and gets back up and runs on the field. Look, everyone hates losing. Man, it sucks.
“You put a lot into each week and it sucks when you lose. But look, no one feels sorry for you. We’re going to come back and we’re going to fight just as hard next week and hopefully the outcome will be a little better,” said Brady.