Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addressed the media Monday morning amidst a somber mood at Gillette Stadium.
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Belichick: The disappointment of winning that game but not being in the playoffs has settled in and so it’s a bittersweet end to the season.
Brown: We had our chances but just didn’t take advantage of them earlier on.Phifer: We didn’t play well enough to control our own fate.
Vrabel: It’s tough to see how things unfolded but I don’t think by any means that we’re disappointed how we finished the season.
Izzo: It was very disappointing; going from the highs that we felt in the locker room to the lows of watching the Packers not come through.
Branch: Coming off a Super Bowl, teams want to go back to the playoffs and hopefully get to that point. We just got to keep our heads up.
Fauria: I’m happy with the way my season went. I kind of feel shorthanded a little bit because we didn’t get to go to the playoffs.
In an amazing comeback that had fans reminiscing of the not-too-distant past, the Patriots briefly kept their playoff hopes alive with a 27-24 overtime win over the Miami Dolphins. But it was all for naught as the afternoon wound down.
Belichick: Well, it was a long football game. There are some tough guys in that locker room there.
Brady: I think we came together later in the game and we made some plays down the stretch. We just pulled out a tough win.
Vinatieri: Guys stepped up big at the end. It was looking a little hairy for a while, but the guys did a good job and fought hard.
Even with a win on Sunday the Patriots will need help to make the playoffs, so regardless of how you look at it this is a must win game.
Belichick: Well this is it for us. Everything we’ve got on the line should be there this week, and I think that’s the way everybody feels.
The Patriots (8-7) will host the Dolphins (9-6) at Gillette Stadium (68,436) in a Week 17 battle for the division title.