Gostkowski: ‘It Stinks To Play Terrible When Your Team Loses’

December 16, 2013 2:29 PM
Gostkowski: ‘It Stinks To Play Terrible When Your Team Loses’
" BOSTON (CBS) -  The usually reliable right foot of Stephen Gostkowski failed the Patriots on Sunday, but the kicker didn’t shy away from taking the blame.

In the locker room following their 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Gostkowski took all the responsibility for his fourth quarter kickoff that went out-of-bounds, giving the Dolphins the ball at their own 40-yard line.

The Patriots had just taken a 20-17 lead with 4:07 left in the game when Gostkowski’s kicked sailed out-of-bounds.  A few plays later, the Dolphins faced a 4th-and-5 but went for it, something they may not have done had they gotten the ball at their own 20 instead of the 40-yard line.

“Just trying to kill the ball, I hit it too far,” Gostkowski said of the kickoff. “It’s tough to do when you’re not under control.”

Read: Ups And Downs From Pats’ Loss To Dolphins

The Patriots’ kicker has been stellar this season, but had a rough day on Sunday. While he hit field goals from 22-yards and 23-yards out, Gostkowski missed a 48-yarder on the Patriots’ first drive of the third quarter "

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