December 19, 2012

Proud Patriots push forward as schedule lightens

The Associated Press

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New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead (39) and wide receiver Deion Branch (84) run a drill during NFL football practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Tom Brady said he probably remembers all his losses. He certainly doesn't want to add the Jaguars to that group.

"There are important games like this that you see how tough you are, to put things behind you and to move forward," said the Patriots quarterback, who threw two interceptions against the 49ers. "We had a pretty good streak there going of wins and it feels pretty good when you're on those winning streaks. And then when you lose, it feels like you haven't won a game in three years."

The Jaguars have won just once in three months.

They did push the Texans into overtime before losing, 43-37, Nov. 18, then beat Tennessee, 24-19. They've lost all three games since then, but Brady doesn't see any quit in the Jaguars, and doesn't expect to see that this week, either.

Either way, the game is shaping up to be an effective elixir for New England after a tough two-game homestand that didn't end the way it began.

"As any competitor, you hate when you lose, no matter when it is," McCourty said. "This team hates losing, so guys are anxious to get back out there and that's the only thing that kind of fixes it, is when you get back out on the field and you get to play again."

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NOTES: Brady, who threw a career-high 65 passes against the 49ers, sat out practice on Wednesday to rest his right shoulder. LB Mike Rivera missed practice because of an ankle injury, while 18 other players participated on a limited basis. ... McCourty's interception against the 49ers was his team-leading fifth of the season and third in the end zone.

 

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