Tom Brady has witnessed his share of ups and downs in his illustrious 15-year long career. Who can forget those Super Bowl losses to the Giants? But Brady ranks Sunday night’s heartbreaking 30-24 overtime defeat to the Denver Broncos near the top of his list of unforgettable losses.
The 10-1 New England Patriots had a golden opportunity to rewrite history books, attempting to finish the season at a perfect 16-0. Most oddmakers gave them a strong chance. They almost did. But a snowy night in Denver and the impressive skills of young Brock Osweiler stood in their way.
The defeat also ended an undefeated streak that began in January. Brady is still not over it. “It was a very hard loss. I don’t think I’ve ever been so pissed off after a loss,” an infuriated Brady said Monday morning on sports radio WEEI. “I think everyone felt the same way. Hopefully we can use it as motivation going forward,” added Brady.
Typically, Brady spends the flight home from road games preparing for the Patriots’ next opponent. But he spent this Monday morning pondering the defeat suffered the night before, especially since the Patriots blew a healthy fourth quarter lead against the Broncos.
“Tough game. This one hurts,” said the Patriots quarterback. “I think the circumstances of the game, the circumstances of the situation that we were in – having a good lead in the fourth quarter, then having a couple huge third downs that we made called back by penalty, then losing a player like Gronk in the fourth quarter, and then fighting back like we did to get it to overtime.”
Brady rued all the missed opportunities. “It’s a tough way to lose a game, especially when we had some pretty great opportunities there throughout to close them out. For a myriad of reasons, we couldn’t quite make the critical ones when we needed. When we did, it got called back or something like that.”
The only positive for Patriots is the improving health of Rob Gronkowski, who boarded the flight back home with his teammates. “He (Gronkowski) was in decent spirits, so that made me happy. They have some things they’re going to have to check on, and we’ll go from there.”
The Eagles will next host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.