New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung put the blame on himself Monday for botching a fake punt during the previous day's 28-21 AFC Divisional Playoff loss to the New York Jets, the Boston Herald reported.
"Of course, there are regrets," Chung told the newspaper. "That's part of the game. That's all on me. Not Bill (Belichick, the head coach), not Scotty (O'Brien, the special teams coach). I take full responsibility."
Chung was the personal protector for punter Zoltan Mesko and believed the Patriots had an advantage at the line that would provide him an opportunity to scamper for the first down on fourth-and-4. So Chung called for long snapper Matt Katula to snap him the ball, "but I didn't catch it," he said.
"It's part of the game. Some things happen," Chung said. "Bounce back from it. That play's over, but it's my responsibility. It didn't work out for us."
Chung picked up the ball, but he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage, giving the Jets possession on the Patriots' 37-yard line. Four plays later, Mark Sanchez hit Braylon Edwards on a 15-yard touchdown pass that put New York ahead 14-3 at halftime.