For the second straight week, the Patriots (9-3) rallied from a halftime defect and needed a game-winning kick from Stephen Gostkowski to seal the victories. Quarterback Tom Brady hopes that scenario doesn't repeat it self against the Cleveland Browns (4-8) this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
"We started slow too many times this year," Brady said. "It's hard to keep playing from behind. We talk about it. We're trying to get better at it. There's no magic formula, just like there's really no magic formula to what we're doing in the second half. It's just really the execution needs to be a lot better at the start of the game. Really, we've got to have great execution for the entire game. I think that's the most important thing. And we've played some really good teams, really good defenses put a lot of pressure on us so it's hard sometimes to play 60 good minutes of football but we've got to start doing that at some point so we've had some ups and downs, we gotta put together a good game."
At the beginning of the season, the Patriots offense was struggling when starting out the second half. Recently the situation has been reversed, Brady's bunch has had difficulty at the beginning of the game, while they've made adjustments for the second half.
"I wish it was easy for us to figure out too," Brady said. "Believe me, we're not trying to go out there and not play well in the first half or the third quarter. We always feel like we're trying to do the right thing, I just think it's probably a postseason evaluation where you figure out what plays were we running -- What do we have to do better? What didn't we execute well? I just think it's more that type of evaluation than anything. Like I said the other day, it's not like after the first drive you come off and you think, 'alright we have no clue what's gonna go on,' you've gotta try to play it out and see what you're doing, see how the flow of the game's going, hopefully get off to a good start and you can play from ahead, that's ultimately what we're always trying to do. We've done that in several games this year, and [we've] got to try to do a better job of that."
Brady wasn't biting on any talk of a division title, which the Patriots can grab a share of with a win on Sunday.
"That's were it starts, yeah, you've got to take care of all the teams in your division and we still got four weeks to go," Brady said. "There's a lot of football left to be played. Winning this game is critical for us."
In an awkward moment, Brady was asked about the Houston security guards that were fired for taking pictures with Brady after Sunday's game.
"I don't really have any comment on that," Brady said sheepishly. "It's unfortunate, but I don't make the rules."