Q-and-A with Ryan Fitzpatrick Dan Leberfeld

Q)On the second-to-last play going across the middle, why did you guys decide to do that instead of trying to go deep?

Fitzpatrick: They were going to cover the sidelines and we felt with 15 seconds, we were still able to complete one and get around 15 to 20 yards and have a better chance of getting into the end zone, just in terms of holding up the rush better and being able to get more guys to the end zone and give us a better chance on the final play.

Q)You guys knew that Bill Belichick was going to take away Chris Ivory and then he got hurt. How did all that change what you were trying to do on offense?

Fitzpatrick: They always do a great job of taking away your best players, so they were going to take away Chris. And they had two guys on Brandon Marshall all game. They weren’t going to let Brandon catch the ball. We had other guys who had to step up and I thought Decker played a great game, especially on third down, with some of the stuff he did.

Q)What was missing on offense?

Fitzpatrick: We’ve just go to find a way to score more points, take advantage of the third downs we missed and then the big ones in the red zone. When you get down there, seven points, it has to happen every time. You can’t settle for three.

Q)The issues in the red zone . . .

Fitzpatrick: We have to be perfect in the red zone. We’ve got to. Whether it’s my decision-making, whether it is our routes, whatever it is, we have to be perfect down there. There were some points that we left out there today because we missed on that perfection.