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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Brady: Not our best game

By Chris Forsberg



PITTSBURGH -- While the Patriots' defense will be heavily scrutinized for its lapses in Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Steelers, New England quarterback Tom Brady said the offense shoulders much of that blame as well.

"Your defense is busting their butts to get them off the field," said Brady. "We gotta complement them as well. If [Pittsburgh goes] on long drives, we can’t go in there and go three-and-out like we did [on the game's first drive]. We gotta do a better job of that. Look, it’s a good football team. We played them on the road, and there’s not much margin for error when you play a good team on the road. And we certainly made plenty of errors."

Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesTom Brady wasn't pleased with the offensive execution in Sunday's game.
The Steelers dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 39:22, limiting New England to only three offensive plays while building a 10-0 advantage early in the second quarter. Brady admitted it was frustrating standing on the sideline, but said it was on the offense to make the most of its opportunities when the unit does have the ball.

"We just didn’t execute very well on offense," said Brady. "I don’t think we complemented our defense very well. The first quarter we had an opportunity to go answer their score and we go three-and-out... It's just a poor level of execution, all around. Individually, we’ll have to look in the mirror and figure out what we need to do better.

"We never really played with a lead; We never really played the game on our terms. I think they played very well defensively, there's a lot of good players over there -- a great scheme, great coaching, we give them certainly a lot of credit. But we understand that, if we play like that, we’re not going to beat many people at all."

Brady said the Steelers played more man defense than they had shown previously, but said the Patriots simply failed to adjust to the steady pressure Pittsburgh brought. As Brady bottom-lined it, "The way you beat man [defense] is to make plays against it and get them out of it. And we didn't do enough of that."