"I just wish we won this one," said the Patriots quarterback. "I think we put a lot into this one. This was a great test for us. I think the guys knew how important it was for our season, and you hate to have the ball on the 20-yard line under three minutes with a chance to go ahead -- and not do it. I think that sucked."
The duel at Lambeau operated as an instant classic, with Brady and Aaron Rodgers trading pristine plays through the air all afternoon.
New England managed to sack Rodgers three times, but he was frequently given far too much time to throw, often scanning the field for what seemed like eons.
Green Bay's front seven generated just one takedown, but it came at the most critical time, with Brady searching for an open target on third-and-9 from the Green Bay 20 with 3:25 left on the clock. Shoved into fourth-and-long, New England missed the subsequent field goal attempt and never saw the ball again.
Football fans can only hope for something so juicy.