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Belichick says he's proud of the team, wished he could've done better

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  January 19, 2014 07:52 PM

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DENVER – Whether it was the 4th and 2 that the Patriots were unable to convert or the failed 2-point attempt Sunday against the Denver Broncos, there were key plays in the AFC Championship Game Patriots coach Bill Belichick would love to have back.

"Anytime you lose a game like this, there's definitely things that you don't feel great about and there's definitely things that I don't feel great about, and that shouldn't come as any big surprise," Belichick said. "But it's in the books so we can't do anything about it except look back on it, mark it, and move on.

"There are some calls, some plays we'd like to have back, I'm sure everybody who competed in the game would like to have some back. It's tough when your season ends."

Belichick said he was proud of this Patriots team after completing his 14th season at the helm in New England.

"I thought they played hard all year, played competitively every single week," he said. "Some weeks we played better than others, but there was never a lack of effort or toughness. Everybody trying to do their best, and I totally respect the team for that, and what they did. I'm proud to be their coach."

But for Belichick, who has now lost three AFC Championships, including two in a row, getting over Sunday's 26-16 defeat to the Denver Broncos may take some time.

"Unfortunately, we've been here before," he said. "We've won AFC Championship games and we've lost them, so, we'll move on. We have to. We're ahead of a lot of the other teams in the league. All except one, actually, in the AFC in terms of the offseason so we have a little bit of catching up to do. So starting tomorrow we are on to 2014."

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