Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took a while before meeting the media to answer questions about the 33-14 loss to the Ravens on Sunday, but gave answers far more candid than coach Bill Belichick, whose 5-minute press conference pretty much amounted to saying "We got outplayed and outcoached," to answer every question.
To start, Brady was asked to put the loss into perspective as far as what it means to him and the franchise.
"You know, we didn't play well, and when you don't play well against a good team, I don't think it's anything more than that," Brady said. "To put it in terms of our franchise or anything like that, it was one game that we didn't play particularly well. We obviously got off to a terrible start in the first quarter and we never really could get back in the game. That's the way it is when you get to the playoffs and you play some good teams. We just made way too many mistakes."
Then he was asked if the first quarter, when the Patriots gave up 24 points, was the worst since he'd joined the team.
"I don't know. I don't know where to rank them," Brady said. "You know, you're not going to be able to win the game if you play like that in the first quarter, you can't overcome it. We just couldn't do it. It's certainly not the way we expected to play the game."
Brady said the Patriots were confident coming into the game.
"We just didn't get it done," he said.