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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Bill Belichick: 'Happy to win'

By Chris Forsberg

Brad Mills/US PresswireBill Belichick didn't like the first-half effort, but was happy with the win.
The Patriots needed a 27-point, second-half outburst in order to rally past the Dolphins 27-24 Saturday at Gillette Stadium. So what exactly did coach Bill Belichick's naughty list include after the first half?

"We didn’t do anything very well -- we didn’t throw, we didn’t catch, we couldn’t get open, we couldn’t block, we couldn’t tackle, we couldn’t cover, couldn’t rush, couldn’t return kicks, couldn’t cover them," Belichick detailed at his postgame press conference. "So, take a winner."

Belichick said at halftime he simply stressed the need to perform better in all areas.

"We need to do everything better, there wasn't really one thing we were doing that was, I would say, overall good enough," Belichick said when asked about his halftime peptalk. "Just got to do do a better job of coaching, playing. Like i said, I just gave you a list of everything -- we just didn’t do a good job in any phase of the game in any area. I know we're capable of more than that, and I think the players showed that. They responded. It wasn’t perfect in the second half and we got a couple breaks, but we made a few plays on our own. That’s good. And we were able to come out on top, but we dug ourselves a big hole there."

About the only thing Belichick could take solace in was the final result.

"It wasn’t our best effort of the season, but give a lot of credit to players, they played a good enough half of football," said Belichick. "Happy to win, happy to win."

Belichick said the team would take a couple days off to recharge before getting back to work for the regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills next Sunday at Gillette Stadium.