The New England Patriots had no answer for the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14, and Bill Belichick will be the first to admit he was outcoached in the 24-3 loss.
In fact, he did just that during his postgame handshake with Rams head coach Sean McVay. Belichick told McVay during the exchange, "Great job. You [expletive] killed us. You had a great plan."
Belichick wasn't exaggerating. The Patriots were dominated in pretty much every facet of the Thursday night matchup. McVay's gameplan (run the ball down New England's throat) worked to perfection as rookie running back Cam Akers rushed 29 times for 171 yards. Los Angeles' defense sacked Patriots quarterbacks Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham a combined six times and added a pick-six.
This isn't the first time Belichick and McVay's respect for one another has been put on display. The two also exchanges pleasantries prior to their Super Bowl 53 matchup, which the Patriots won, 13-3.
New England is now 6-7 on the season with their playoff hopes on life support entering Week 15 vs. the Miami Dolphins. L.A. improved to 9-4 and is tied with the Seattle Seahawks atop the NFC West.