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Matt Patricia takes blame following Super Bowl LII loss to Eagles

Ryan Hannable
February 05, 2018 - 12:18 am

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Patriots defense picked a bad time to have one of its worst games in the Bill Belichick era.

New England allowed the most points (41) and total yards (538) of any playoff game under Belichick in the 41-33 loss to the Eagles.

“Obviously, I didn’t do a good enough job here with the defense," defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said. "Look, that it a great offense. They are extremely talented. I have been talking all week how good they are. They played really well and we just didn’t get enough stops in the end. Give them all the credit. They played outstanding.”

One of the biggest questions from the game was why Malcolm Butler didn't play a single defensive snap. 

Patricia didn't have many answers.

“We just played all the guys we could to try and help us win, whatever packages we had when given situations came up," he said. "We tried to move some things around.”

Added Patricia: "We tried to play all the packages we could to put everybody out there. He was active for the game so everybody that is active is ready to go. Just we had some situations with different matchups and packages that we went with.”

A reporter noted it was bizarre for a player who started every game but one this season not play at all in the biggest game of the year.

“Look, again, we had some guys in different spots that we practiced in those spots for a couple of weeks and just felt good about some of those situations that we had out there and some of the matchups that they possessed, at least on their skill level too," Patricia said.

“Again, we tried to put everybody in the right spots to make plays and put those guys that we thought — the guys that we thought could make plays in the right situations," he added.

Patricia appears destined for Detroit to be its next head coach. This should become official in the next day or so.

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