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Tom Brady: “We just didn’t make enough plays”

Super Bowl XLVI

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after losing to the New York Giants by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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For a player who built much of his reputation on playing great in the biggest of games, Tom Brady has had a lot of recent playoff disappointments. With Sunday’s loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots have now lost four of their last six postseason games.

Brady certainly didn’t have a terrible game against the Giants -- he was a lot better tonight than he was two weeks ago, when he admitted that he “sucked” against the Ravens in the AFC Championship -- but he didn’t make as many plays as his counterpart, Eli Manning.

And that’s exactly what Brady himself said after the game.

“We just didn’t make enough plays,” a subdued Brady said after the game. “First quarter we didn’t have the ball a ton, second quarter was a little bit better. Third quarter we started well. it came down to the fourth quarter, and they made some plays at the end. We just didn’t make the plays.”

One play Brady did make -- a bad one -- was an intentional grounding penalty on the Patriots’ first offensive snap. Brady said he was throwing the ball away because he felt pressure from Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, and he understood why the referee ruled it a penalty in the end zone for a safety.

“It’s a referee’s judgment call,” Brady said. “I was looking down the field and Tuck, I think, was coming to get me. I tried to get rid of it and the ref made the call.”

Brady said the loss hurts, but that he’s rather lose the Super Bowl, as he has twice now, than not get to the Super Bowl.

“I’d rather come to this game and lose than not get here,” Brady said. “Hopefully we’ll be back at some point. We had a great year, we just didn’t make enough plays.”