Belichick bemoans missed opportunities after shock Super Bowl loss
The New England Patriots were unable to win a sixth Super Bowl title and Bill Belichick blamed missed chances.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick bemoaned missed opportunities after his team were beaten 41-33 by the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
The Patriots missed out on a sixth Super Bowl title, which would have been an individual NFL record for quarterback Tom Brady, in a pulsating encounter at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday.
Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 505 yards and three touchdowns, but his efforts proved in vain as Nick Foles hit Zach Ertz for his third touchdown pass with two minutes and 21 seconds remaining.
Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham forced a Brady fumble on the next drive and, after a Jake Elliott field goal made it an eight-point lead, a last-ditch Hail Mary throw to Rob Gronkowski to try to force overtime failed.
The Patriots did not punt in the game but were twice forced to settle for field goals, one of which hit the upright after a bobbled snap.
And, speaking in the post-game media conference, Belichick said: "[I'm] proud of the way our players, coaches, everybody competed for 60 minutes, just wasn't quite enough.
"We weren't able to perform at our best, 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, just wasn't quite enough against a good team like Philadelphia.
"Give them credit, coach [Doug] Pederson and his staff did an outstanding job, great highly competitive game, but in the end we just couldn't quite make enough plays.
"It's disappointing but I'm proud of the way our team competed, those guys are champions. We just came up a little bit short tonight, tough way to end, but a lot of really good things that happened this season."