FOXBORO -- It's a fact: No one gets more upset with a fumbling Stevan Ridley than Stevan Ridley.
The Patriots running back dodged reporters after Sunday's win over Pittsburgh. Tuesday, he stood before his locker and talked about his third quarter fumble the Steelers turned into seven points.
"I hated it. It made me sick," he lamented. "But I really think it motivated me more to go out there and finish the game strong."
As he did.
Ridley finished the game with 115 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Though he's fumbled before the consequence was different this time. New England didn't bench its lead back. Rather, the team sent him out on the very next series.
"For the coaches to stick with me and ride it out said a lot. I think my team, everybody has made their mistakes at different times, and that's something I've had to work on and focus on since I've been here. But for me, I couldn't hang my head; it wasn't a time to hang my head, it was time for me to go out there and close that game out, because that's what my team needed me to do."
The performance was his biggest of the season and Ridley wants nothing more than to add to it. For all the benefits of a bye week, part of him is actually disappointed to see some good momentum derailed.
"I try to go out there every week and light it up, to have a good game and finally get over that 100-yard mark, which is something I've been searching for all year, But I'm trying to go out there and repeat it. It's not any time to lay down and be too happy, and look for the confetti to fall just yet. Guys have to keep grinding it out."
Which is why, even with a week off, Ridley won't unplug completely.
"I always have my playbook and my iPad with me. But besides that, I'm just really going to take some time to get away. I think that's what everybody on this team really needs because once we come back on Monday or Tuesday, we're going to be back at this."