Bill Belichick takes blame for crushing Patriots loss: 'It starts with me'

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took the blame for his team's crushing last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. 

Many were quick to point fingers at Belichick's decision-making after Miami was able to score a 69-yard touchdown featuring two lateral passes as time expired, ultimately getting by the Patriots' questionable last line of defense: Rob Gronkowski. 

Gronkowski, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end who has missed three games this season due to injuries, was on the field for the final play in anticipation of a possible Hail Mary pass attempt. However, the Dolphins went with a different strategy, and it had New England completely fooled.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Adam Butler #70 of the New England Patriots pursues Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins as eh runs for the game winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Rob Gronkowski #87 and J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots are unable to stop Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins from scoring the winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins breaks the tackle by Kyle Van Noy #53 of the New England Patriots to run for the winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins eludes the attempted tackles by J.C. Jackson #27 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots to score the winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Adam Butler #70 of the New England Patriots pursues Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins as eh runs for the game winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Kenny Stills #10 falls down in the end zone to celebrate the winning touchdown by Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins against the New England Patriots during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) scores to defeat the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)
El running back Kenyan Drake (32), de los Dolphins de Miami, corre para touchdown en la última jugada del partido de NFL ante los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra, el domingo 9 de diciembre de 2018, en Miami Gardens, Florida. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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"It starts with me," the notably stoic coach said in a conference call the day after the game. "We have to play better situational football."

However, it doesn't sound like Belichick is losing any sleep over his decision to play Gronkowski over a more agile defender. 

"It's the National Football League, so nobody died," he said on local sports radio station WEEI on Monday. "We’ve got a big game this week against Pittsburgh. We’ve got a two-game lead in the division. There’s a lot of football left in the season."

They're on to Pittsburgh — that sounds a lot more like Belichick. 

The Patriots will have another chance to clinch a playoff berth this weekend when they take on the 7-5-1 Steelers, while Miami's thrilling win has them on the cusp of a Wild Card spot as they travel to take on the Minnesota Vikings. 

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