Brady: 'Our execution was terrible'

December, 23, 2012
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A visibly frustrated Tom Brady didn't send any mixed messages following his team's 23-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, a game that was far closer than most expected it would be.

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Melina Vastola/USA TODAY SportsTom Brady (24-of-41, 267 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) wasn't at his best against Jacksonville.
"We played pretty terribly out there," Brady said. "It came down to the wire, our defense made some plays, but that was a bad 60 minutes of football. We got out-competed out there, out-fought. We were lucky to win."

From the beginning of the game, the Patriots looked sluggish on both sides of the ball. Brady acknowledged the offense's wire-to-wire struggles.

"We started slow. [We] couldn't do anything offensively, couldn't make any plays," Brady said. "They made plenty of plays. [We were] lucky to be in it at halftime, didn't really do anything in the second half in the run game or the pass game. Just a poor effort overall."

Brady was quick to point out the competitiveness of the Jaguars, but said Sunday's effort was about execution as well.

"Both. Our execution was terrible" he said. "That was easy to see. We didn't do anything."

The substandard effort comes a week after the Patriots found themselves down 31-3 in the second half against the 49ers before mounting a 28-point comeback that ultimately came up short.

Asked whether the two performances have him concerned, the quarterback replied, "You get very concerned when you don't play well. And that's very evident by the way we performed."

"We better have a good week of practice or else it's going to be just as tough against Miami," he said to conclude his postgame remarks.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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