‘We just couldn’t keep up with them’: What Bill Belichick had to say after the Patriots’ playoff loss

What Bill Belichick had to say after the Patriots’ playoff loss

Patriots “They played well. We didn’t. They deserved to win.” Bill Belichick after the Patriots lost to the Bills in the playoffs. AP Photo/Adrian Kraus

Following the Patriots’ 47-17 loss to the Bills in Saturday’s AFC wild-card matchup, Bill Belichick praised his team’s opponent.

“Obviously they did a great job,” Belichick said of Buffalo in the postgame press conference. “We just couldn’t keep up with them tonight. Certainly deserved to win.

“Well coached, team executed well,” Belichick added of the Bills, “and we just couldn’t do much of anything. So we’ll just pick up the pieces, go back to work here and find a way to be more competitive.”

The Patriots head into the offseason on the second-worst loss of the Belichick era.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen played a nearly flawless game, completing 21 of 25 passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 66 yards rushing on six carries.

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Asked where he would rank Allen’s performance in the scope of his career, Belichick reiterated his general thoughts about the Bills as a team.

“They played well tonight,” he said.

On the other side of the ball, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones ended his first playoff game with 238 yards passing, two touchdowns, but also two interceptions. His first came on New England’s opening possession, when it briefly appeared that Patriot wide receiver Nelson Agholor would be…

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