Night net null There was plenty of blame to go around in the Patriots locker room after their 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship game. But
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Stephen Gostkowski says first missed PAT in 9 years 'lost the game' for the Patriots

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Stephen Gostkowski says first missed PAT in 9 years 'lost the game' for the Patriots

Night net null There was plenty of blame to go around in the Patriots locker room after their 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship game. But arguably no one felt worse than kicker Stephen Gostkowski.The veteran's missed extra point after a first-quarter touchdown left the Patriots with no choice but to try a two-point conversion in the final seconds in an attempt to tie the game. Tom Brady's pass to Julian Edelman was tipped and intercepted, and the ensuring onside kick was recovered by the Broncos, ending the game. Afterward, Gostkowski accepted the blame for the missed kick … and the loss.MORE: Stats, scoreboard | Peyton Manning's 10 best-ever games  "I feel like I lost the game," Gostkowski told reporters, via the Boston Globe. "I feel sorry for myself, but I don't expect people to feel sorry for me. It's kind of a cruel reality that it came down to that. ... I just feel awful about it. It was my fault, 100 percent. I just didn't hit a good kick."The miss ended an astounding streak of successful extra points for Gostkowski. The 31-year-old kicker had made an Night net-record 523 straight PATs, a streak dating to his rookie season in 2006.But if Gostkowski was ready to fall on the sword and take blame, his teammates weren't having it.MORE: Rob Gronkowski does Gronk things in loss “[Gostkowski] is a great a player. He’s the best," Tom Brady said, via Night net.com. "Everyone misses them at some point.""I love playing with [Gostkowski] and he definitely shouldn’t put the heat on himself. It’s a team

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game," Rob Gronkowski told Night net.com.

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