Following the Patriots' 35-29 overtime loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, Bill Belichick acknowledged the difficulty of coming so close to what would have been a crucial early-season victory.
In the opening remarks of his postgame press conference, Belichick said, "Tough one to lose tonight."
Belichick said, Give Dallas credit. Theyre a good team, well-coached. We just came up a tad short. I thought we went toe-to-tonk for 60 minutes. They made a few more plays than we did. Lets give them credit for that and move on.
One of the most striking aspects of this game was the disparity in plays played by each offense. In total, the Cowboys completed 82 offensive plays versus just 50 from the Patriots.
When asked about the challenges of holding down such a spirited offense, Belichick was straightforward.
Theyre a good team and thats what you have to do, he added. You must stop them.
But even when New England was able to cover Dallas receivers adequately, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott would find a way to extend time.
Prescott completed 36 of 51 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns (including the game-winning pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime).
Prescott did a great job, Belichick said of Prescot. There were a lot of times where I thought we had him covered pretty well, but he was able to extend some plays and make some great throws, she added. They have a lot of very good skill players.
Belichick provided a basic overview of what he thought went wrong with Lamb's deciding score.
We covered a flat receiver and then they beat us on the over route, he concluded, another extended play. I didnt play it well enough, didn't coach it properly enough.
The Patriots, now 2-4, host the Jets in Week 7 at Gillette Stadium.
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