Brady: Squandered too many opportunities

October, 14, 2012
10/14/12
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw a career-high 58 passes on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. A few of those throws proved costly in the Patriots' 24-23 loss.

Brady was intercepted in the end zone by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas early in the fourth quarter, following two earlier plays on which Brady was nearly picked off by Thomas in the same spot.

Meanwhile, on the final play of the first half, Brady was flagged for intentional grounding after sailing a pass over the end zone under pressure. On the three yard line and with six seconds left in the first half, Brady saw no one open and fired it straight ahead and out of the end zone in order to make sure the clock stopped and the team had a chance to attempt a field goal. The only problem was there were no Patriots in the area. The flag was thrown, the final ticks were taken off the clock and the Pats walked away empty.

Brady was also penalized for intentional grounding late in the fourth quarter, setting up a third-and-20 play on which the Patriots couldn't convert the first down.

Overall, the Patriots were 1-for-6 in the red zone. For Brady, that was just part of lost opportunities in the game.

"I thought we squandered quite a few opportunities today," he said. "Certainly we have to do a better job, and it starts with me."

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AP Photo/John FroschauerTom Brady had a career-high 58 pass attempts, but threw two picks and had a lukewarm 79.3 QB rating.
Brady's 58 passes broke a career-high he set twice, when he had 55 attempts in a win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 10, 2002, as well as in a loss to the Denver Broncos on Sept. 24, 2006.

"This is a team that really forces you to throw the ball, based on the schemes that they play," Brady said. "But whatever we do we have to do it effectively and efficiently, whether it's running it or throwing it. We had some real good run plays in there. We had some good pass plays in there. I just thought that there was more in the running game and more in the passing game that we just didn't have. I thought that's why you come up one point short."

The Seahawks came into the game allowing 192 passing yards per game, fourth-best in the NFL. Brady surpassed that average in the first half, throwing for 216 yards on 21-for-30 passing, including two touchdowns.

"We had a quite a few yards," Brady noted. "We moved up and down the field at times. We really squandered some scoring opportunities."

In the second half, however, as the rain picked up, Brady was less accurate, one-hopping some passes to receivers.

"I just wish I just executed better, to tell you the truth," Brady said. "I don't think about the weather much. I just try to go out there and do my job the best I can, and obviously the throws that were under-thrown, I wish I did a better job putting it where the guy could catch it."

Brady was 15-for-28 for 179 yards in the second half, throwing two interceptions. His final QB rating dipped to a lukewarm 79.3.

"We lost to a good football team," Brady concluded. "We played some very good football today at times, (but) obviously it's just not good enough over the course of the game to come out on the winning end."

"We're 3-3. We've had some tough games on the road, and we've shown a lot of mental toughness. I think we have to execute better, I think that's what it comes down to."

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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