Brady still unhappy with lackluster victory

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Brady still unhappy with lackluster victory

A day after saying the Patriots "didn't compete" and were "lucky to win" in a 23-16 victory in Jacksonville, it was more of the same from quarterback Tom Brady in his weekly appearance on the "Dennis & Callahan Show" on WEEI radio in Boston.

"We've got to do a better job," Brady said. "We've got some pretty important weeks of football ahead, and that's when we really need to play our best. We just came out and got behind early, something you never really want to do on the road, and didn't really do too much to help our cause. That started really from the beginning of the game all the way to the end of the game. I wish we would have played better. We didn't."

Brady wasn't backing away from his pointed postgame comments.

"The self-inflicted errors, that's the biggest problem," Brady said. "There was just a few too many times yesterday that we could've done something better that we just didn't really handle as well as we're capable of."

After his second consecutive two-interception game, Brady put some of the blame on himself.

"Turnovers hurt," he said. "We had two turnovers in the first quarter Sunday. When we don't turn the ball over, we're pretty good. We've got to do a better job protecting the football and certainly I've got to do a better job protecting the football."

Brady took some hard hits for the second week in a row and sat out a day of practice last week. Still, he said it's nothing more than the normal bumps and bruises of a long season.

"That's part of football, and that's part of playing this long," he said. "Nineteen weeks we play, so you have those little bumps, but I'll be fine."

Looking ahead to the regular-season finale at Gillette Stadium against the Dolphins on Sunday -- a game that has been moved to a 4:25 p.m. start -- the Patriots (11-4) still have a shot at the top two seeds in the AFC, depending on how they, the Broncos (12-3) and the Texans (12-3) do.

Brady said he's not focused on playoff positioning.

"I don't really care who we play," Brady said. "I would just like to go out there and play our best football here next week and beyond. I don't care who we play or where we play or when we play or the time or the place or the opponent. It's about us. We've lost four games this year. We were pretty capable of winning all four of those games. If it wasn't for some of our own mistakes that we made, we could have."