Patriots Suffer One of the Most Brutal Losses in NFL History Thanks to ‘Mistake’-Filled Final Play

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New England coach Bill Belichick uttered the same word 10 times during a postgame press conference that lasted a little more than four minutes.

“Mistake.”

It summed up the Patriots’ 30-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, with by far the biggest miscue coming on the final play of the game.

After falling behind 17-3 at halftime, the Patriots scored 21 unanswered points to take a 24-17 lead with less than four minutes remaining.

But Las Vegas — which came in 0-4 when leading by double digits at halftime, the first team since at least 1930 to lose four times in a season when leading by double digits at the half — answered with a pair of touchdowns in the final 37 seconds.

“Collectively made too many mistakes and gave up some big plays that were obviously the difference in the game,” Belichick said.

One mistake in particular handed the Raiders the win and knocked the Patriots out of playoff position in the AFC.

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