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Trouble in the red zone

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  November 8, 2009 08:52 PM

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Tom Brady meant no offense to Stephen Gostkowski, the kicker he affectionately calls "Meat," when he diagnosed the most glaring issue with the Patriots offense.

"We can't just keep kicking field goals out there," Brady said.

Recalling a problem from before their blowouts of the Titans and Buccaneers, the Patriots bogged down today once they reached the red zone. The Patriots settled for field goals after facing first and 10 from the 24-, 27-, 11-, and 12-yard lines.

The Patriots ran six plays inside the 20 over three trips. On those plays, they lost four yards on six plays. They scored a touchdown on one of them, but only a one-yard plunge by Laurence Maroney after a 36-yard pass to Moss set up first and goal at the 1.

“We could have been better in the red area today,” Brady said. “It comes down to execution. You’ve got to get the ball in the end zone. If you do, you don’t kick those field goals and it’s a much different game in the end. It’s something we’ve been looking on all year, and some weeks it looks pretty good. Today, we could have done a better job, and we need to do a better job.”

If not the Patriots will have more games like today, when they scored two touchdowns despite 432 yards of total offense.

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