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From the archives | 2003

Patriots victims of their own mistakes in loss to Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. - Tom Brady sat in his chair sideways, staring straight into his locker. He may have been replaying yesterday’s final Patriots series in his head. It was a drive that ended on a sour note and led to the Washington Redskins’ 20-17 victory.

One can only guess what Brady was thinking. Was it his three interceptions? Was it his inability to drill a pass to Daniel Graham on fourth down as a wide open Larry Centers stood at the first-down marker? Perhaps it was the play-calling. A draw play on third down? Why not the trademark dink-and-dunk rather than longer passes with 1:45 remaining and New England on the Redskins 45? Why not a 55-yard field goal attempt with Adam Vinatieri’s ability to connect in clutch situations?

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