Much of the blame of yesterday’s AFC Title Game loss by the New England Patriots seems to be focused on kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who missed an early extra point that kept the Pats going for TD’s the rest of the day instead of just field goals that could have eventually saw them win the game.
Pats coach Bill Belichick said Sunday’s 20-18 loss should not just be on the shoulders of Gostkowski, who was one of, if not the best kicker in the AFC this last season.
“Steve is a great kicker. He had a great year for us,” Belichick said in his early-morning news conference at Gillette Stadium. “I think every coach or player who participated in the game wishes there was a couple things they could have done differently. I feel that way. Everybody I’ve talked to feels that way. I can’t imagine that anyone who participated in the game doesn’t feel that way. … I feel like it’s my fault, I’m sure all the other players who played feel like it’s their fault.”
“We had some opportunities, but in the end, we just came up a little short,” Belichick said. “That’s obviously a disappointing feeling at this time of year. Turn the page here and move on, and start the process all over again. That’s where we are.”
The Pats will be watching as the Broncos and Panthers do battle in San Francisco in Super Bowl 50 in two weeks. While Pats fans are going to watch with a heavy heart after the loss, at least they have plenty of 2016 super bowl commercial selections to pick from while they recover from the setback.