New England QB Tom Brady said he wanted the ball at the end of the game with a chance to win it. That's just what he got last night, except he had envisioned a different outcome.
“We got to the 50 (yard line) and just ran out of time," Brady said after the game. "We threw a hail-mary at the end. I’m not sure how close we were to getting it. Obviously I wish we could have done a little bit more.”
The Giants' defense stepped up when it counted, but Brady sat at his presser last night lamenting about what could have been. The Patriots left a lot of their game out on the field last night. He felt they did not do enough to beat the Giants - who did just enough to win.
"We just didn’t make enough plays. In the first quarter, we didn’t have the ball a ton," said the future Hall-of-Famer. "The second quarter, we played a little bit better. Third quarter, we started well and it came down to the fourth quarter. (The Giants) made some plays there at the end. We went out there to win the game. We just didn’t make enough plays.”
No, they didn't. The most notable missed opportunity was with 4:06 remaining in the 4th quarter. On 2nd-and-11 from the Giants' 44, Brady spotted his favorite target - WR Wes Welker - wide open in the left flat with room to run. The pass was a bit high and Welker could not reel it in. It is a catch he routinely makes....
“Wes (Welker) was running down the field and it looked like they messed the coverage up a little bit and I threw it to him." Brady said. "(Welker) went up to try and make it, as he always does, and we just couldn’t connect. He’s a hell of a player. I’ll keep throwing the ball to him for as long as I possibly can. He’s a phenomenal player and teammate and I love that guy.”
"....That is what it comes down to in football. That’s one play. You look at our game four years ago, it was a miracle play that they made. Today, we had the chance to make one of those and we couldn’t come up with it. It always comes down to one or two plays in this game and if you make it, you’re celebrating. If you don’t, then you don’t sleep for a week.”
Brady continued his forlorn diatribe with what-could-have-beens.....
“I think everybody was just disappointed. You win as a team and you lose as a team. One play certainly wasn’t the reason we lost today. Everybody feels like we could have done more. I said after the game, ‘I’ll keep coming to this game and keep trying. I’d rather keep coming to this game and lose than not get here.’ Hopefully we’ll be back at some point. We had a great year; we just didn’t make enough plays today.”
“They made a few more plays than we did. They’ve done a good job of that all season. Like I said, we all wish we could have done a little bit more. Our team fought really hard. Our defense really held at certain points today. They knocked some balls out. I wish we’d have gotten one of those. The ball didn’t really bounce our way either. They played a good game.”
Brady had some positive remarks for his counterpart, Giants' QB Eli Manning, who has now defeated Brady in three straight games.
"...They’ve got a very good offense. Certainly, Eli (Manning) has had a very good season. He made some great throws there in the fourth quarter and they deserved to win. They did a better job than we did.”
“He’s a great quarterback. I’ve always really respected him. Obviously, he is a great leader. He’s a great quarterback.”