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Aaron Hernandez: 'They came to play and we didn't'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  January 20, 2013 11:49 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- It was a relatively somber Patriots locker room after the Ravens came into Gillette and left with a trip to New Orleans on their itinerary.

"Obviously we're down," Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said. "Nothing really you can do now except get prepared for next year and hopefully, a different result."

Hernandez spoke about what went wrong for the Patriots in the second half when they were outscored, 21-0.

"They came to play," Hernandez said. "They made better adjustments than we did and they outplayed us."

Hernandez was asked whether Baltimore outhit and outwilled the Patriots Sunday night.

"I wouldn't say that," Hernandez said. "I would say they made more plays and they came up when they needed to more than we did."

Hernandez led the Patriots with nine receptions, setting a new career high for the postseason. Hernandez has at least six receptions in his last four postseason games.

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