FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Kicker Stephen Gostkowski has been one of the Patriots' more reliable players since 2006, which made his 27-yard missed field goal against the Giants so surprising.
The Patriots looked like they would take a 3-0 lead into halftime when Gostkowski lined up for the attempt with seven seconds remaining in the second quarter.
"Just a bad kick, bad execution on my part. Everything was good besides my kick, which is just disappointing," Gostkowski said in a somber Patriots locker room. "To screw up an opportunity like that, it's a hard pill to swallow, especially when you come up on the short end of the stick."
Asked what might have contributed to missing a 27-yard attempt, Gostkowski said: "I could go out there and probably make 100 of those in a row, but you have to be able to do it when it's your time. I have to do a better job getting ready to make every kick. That's unacceptable. It's an awful feeling to come up on the short end of the stick as a team and personally to give us a chance to carry some momentum into the half, and on a kick I could make left-footed that I just completely blew, it's just not a good feeling."
Gostkowski said he will dissect the miss, as things such as picking his head up or kicking the ball too hard could have contributed to the result.
"When it happens in a game, it's hard to dissect. You just have to suck it up and try to make the next one," he said.
Gostkowski did that, hitting from 32 and 45 in the second half.