Belichick rues 'tough, tough' loss

05 February 2018 18:55:02 GMTPlus11

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shouldered the blame after seeing his side beaten 41-33 by the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

The Pats went into the game as defending champions and were widely expected to come out on top against an Eagles side looking to win the Super Bowl for the first time in their history.

In the end, we just couldn't quite make enough plays and that was all on me.

Bill Belichick

However, despite veteran quarterback Tom Brady throwing for more than 500 yards, New England fell just short, leaving the vastly experienced Belichick to take the heat.

He commented: "In the end, we just couldn't quite make enough plays and that was all on me. Disappointing, but I'm proud of the way our team competed.

"These guys are champions, champions of the AFC. They earned that. We just came up a little bit short.

"Tough, tough, way to end. There's a lot of really good things that happened this season, but that's what this game's about.

"Obviously we didn't do a good enough job coaching, missed a lot of opportunities offensively in the first half, didn't play good enough defense, didn't play good enough in the kicking game."

Meanwhile, veteran Pats quarterback Brady dropped a strong hint that he will continue playing next season, having narrowly failed to become the first player to win six Super Bowls.

He told reporters: "I expect to be back. I don't see why I wouldn't be back."

The Patriots, who have appeared in eight Super Bowls already this century, are 7.00 to be crowned NFL champions next season, with the Eagles 51.00 and the Minnesota Vikings 51.00.

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