"It is the worst feeling," McCourty said after the crushing 28-13 loss to the Ravens in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium. "You get this far, you don't see your season coming to an end. you can't prepare for this."
McCourty talked about how cornerback Aqib Talib's injury played into the loss.
"We adjust and we moved on," McCourty said. "We know what we had to do to go on. We were prepared. We are always prepared for a guy that goes down but injuries always stink when they happen in the middle of a game like that."
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco seemed to make halftime adjustments and took what the defense gave him as Baltimore outscored New England 21-0 in the second half.
"We knew coming into the game that he is a smart quarterback," McCourty said praising Flacco. "He understands the game of football. He understands what is there. What he can do and what he can't do. He played well tonight."
McCourty also had accolades for Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
"He is a good player and he made plays tonight," McCourty said. "He did a good job of making plays tonight."