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Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski: ‘I feel like I lost the game’

The kicker had a heavy heart after the game

Stephen Gostkowski reacts after missing an extra point in the AFC Championship Game. Chris Carlson/AP

In the AFC Championship Game, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point for the first time since his rookie season. The 10-year veteran followed the first-quarter miss with made field goals in the second and third quarters. But the Broncos ended the Patriots’ season with a 20-18 win.

I feel like I lost the game,“ Gostkowski told reporters after the game. “I feel sorry for myself, but I don’t expect people to feel sorry for me.’’

He added: “It’s kind of a cruel reality that it came down to that. .. I just feel awful about it. It was my fault, 100 percent. I just didn’t hit a good kick.’’

The Patriots scored a touchdown in the final 30 seconds of the game, but failed to tie the game with a two point conversion. Had Gostkowski made his extra-point attempt in the first quarter, the Patriots would have needed one point to tie, and could have elected to kick a point-after attempt.

He’s a great player,’’ Tom Brady said in his postgame press conference. “He’s the best. Everyone misses them at some point. There was plenty of football left.’’

Prior to the miss, Gostkowski had made 523 consecutive extra points, via Elias Stats. He is 562 of 564 on his career, including the regular season and postseason.

I feel terrible,’’ Gostkowski said. “It’s a nightmare scenario. That’s how I feel. I let a lot of people down.’’

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