New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff,

Tom Brady and the Patriots offense have plenty of blame to go around for its mostly sloppy performance against the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Brady himself often looked frustrated and drew plenty of attention for his sideline speech to his teammates, where he said they needed to be faster and more explosive, among other things.

But what you can say about the Patriots on Sunday night is they didn’t give up entirely. They ripped off three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes and 17 seconds, and Brandon Bolden came within a hand of recovering an incredible onside kick by Jake Bailey in the final minute. The Patriots could have easily laid down and accepted a defeat by three possessions, but they wouldn’t let that happen.

Ultimately the Patriots came up short to the Texans, and Brady had issues of his own in the game. But he’s determined not to shut it down altogether, declaring the Pats very much alive and ready to keep battling on his Instagram page Monday.

“‘A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.’ This team will never quit!” Brady’s caption reads, quoting former U.S. President Richard Nixon.

There’s reason to wonder whether the Patriots will have enough on offense to come back and win a playoff game if they fall behind like they did in Houston. The good thing is this is the Patriots so they will play 60 minutes almost every game.

Especially for Brady and the offense, the loss to the Texans has a chance to be a galvanizing moment like so many other infamous losses have been in past years. An Instagram post won’t save the Patriots’ season in the end, but a resilient Brady with the offense rallying around him could.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at