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Ochocinco on drop: “I let that one get away. It happens. It’s football”

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 12, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 387 yards on Sunday, but the best pass he threw may have been the perfect deep ball that hit Chad Ochocinco in the hands -- and then hit the ground.

Asked about that drop by Tom E. Curran of after the game, Ochocinco didn’t have much to say about it.

I let that one get away,” he said. “It happens. It’s football.”

There isn’t much of anything Ochocinco can say right now. The ball doesn’t get thrown his way very often, and when it does he’s as likely to drop it or run a bad route -- which he did on one of Brady’s four interceptions -- as he is to catch it.

Through three games in New England, Ochocinco has caught five passes. To say he’s been a non-factor wouldn’t even be accurate: At this point, he’s actively holding the Patriots’ offense back.