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You win some, you lose some.
That was the mantra in the New England Patriots’ locker room after their 26-21 loss against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
The players and coaches gave credit where credit is due. “That’s a good football team, and in the end they made a few more plays than we did tonight” said head coach Bill Belichick at his postgame press conference.
The Packers are indeed a good football team as they are now tied with New England, Arizona and Philadelphia for the best record in the NFL at 9-3. They average 36.2 points over their last nine games and that number is even higher when considering only their home games during that time span: 42.8. So there was no shame in losing to this team on the road after winning seven consecutive games.
Although, as cornerback Darrelle Revis said after the game, there is not other team that he’d been on that took a loss so seriously. The overwhelming feeling in the locker room was rather pride. The players were proud of how they fought together, Belichick was proud how they competed throughout the entire game.
“Our guys hung in there right to the end” Belichick said after the game.
His thoughts were echoed throughout the locker room. “We went out there and definitely competed” said tight end Rob Gronkowski to reporters after the game.
The Patriots were chasing the score all day long and although, they had a chance to take the lead at the end of the game; they couldn’t capitalize on it. This may be the only concerning factor from this loss.
“It would have been nice to take the lead at that point, but we didn’t and we have to figure out how to do a better job” quarterback Tom Brady summarized after the game.
There is still time to focus on these issues because as defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said “the season starts at Thanksgiving.”
Despite losing a tight game, the Patriots know that they have no time for mourning and they are already, literally…
…on to San Diego.