Why did New England take the ball at the start of the game, as opposed to deferring to the second half like they normally do?
“That’s what we wanted to do,” Belichick said.
Was the 97-degree heat a challenge on his players?
“Same for both teams.”
On fourth-and-one deep in their own territory with 8:01 left in the game and trailing 24-13, the Patriots did not go for it. Any reasoning or thoughts behind that?
“We decided to punt.”
Belichick later added, “We didn’t do a good job in any area. Coaching, playing, every part of the game wasn’t good enough. We didn’t do anything we needed to do to win this game or give ourselves a chance to win it. The results were what they were.”
There you have it. Brief, simple and back to work they go.