As always, Belichick and Brady took cold, hard stares at the results -- as captured in this ESPN writeup:
"There's obviously a big gap between us," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said.So . . . where do the Patriots go from here?
Drew Brees made the Patriots' defensive backs, who had been thriving lately, look like a bunch of XFLers. He bombed them for five touchdowns, something that has never been done to a Bill Belichick-coached team.
"They were better than we were in every phase of the game," Belichick said in the postgame news conference. "I don't know any other way to put it. They were better coached. They played better on offense, defense, in the kicking game, they covered better than we did."
Belichick punctuated his response with incredulity at the questions about how his team failed to compete.
"They were obviously the better team," he said. "You guys had to see that. You were at the game."