The New England Patriots' playoff hopes may very well be dashed following their disappointing loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday.
They failed to carry momentum over from last week's promising win over the Baltimore Ravens, falling to Houston by a score of 27-20. The Patriots' loss brings them to 4-6 on the season and leaves them even further on the outside looking in at the postseason.
Predictably, NFL Twitter had plenty to say about what marked another crushing loss vs. a sub .500 team. Check out some of the reactions below:
Patriots lose, 27-20, and fall to 4-6. Add that to the list of brutal losses along with the Broncos and 49ers.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 22, 2020
That’s gotta be it for the #Patriots. If you don’t beat Houston you aren’t making the playoffs. Bill will have them back. The question is, who will his quarterback be when he does?
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) November 22, 2020
Get out of my face with any talk of this guy as the QB next year
— Jim Murray (@bigjimmurray) November 22, 2020
Patriots lose to the Texans, 27-20, and fall to 4-6. That should cool all that playoff talk around here
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 22, 2020
That’s a pathetic loss for the patriots.
— Fitzy (@FitzyGFY) November 22, 2020
Great effort by the Patriots. They really battled. The passing game stepped up, but playing from behind is just not their forte. They just don’t consistently generate enough chunk plays for it. They shorten the game for themselves. The 16-play, 65-yd, 9:25 FG drive was a killer.
— Christopher Gasper (@cgasper) November 22, 2020
That Hail Mary is a microcosm for the Patriots season: they caught it, but just short of the end zone. Sums it all up.
— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) November 22, 2020
Well, that just about ends the Patriots season. NBA season starts 1 month from today.
— Matt Langone (@MattLangone) November 22, 2020
The Patriots have six regular-season losses for the first time in 11 years, and just the third time in 20 years. And it's not even Thanksgiving yet.
Very different year in New England.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 22, 2020
The #Patriots path to the playoffs just got a crap ton of big trees falling on it.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) November 22, 2020
Patriots Stink Meter: 🚨 Big Stink 🚨
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) November 22, 2020
Pathetic game. Couldn’t protect Cam and couldn’t get any pressure on Watson. The Patriots are a .500 team at best. Oh well.
— Steve Perrault (@Steve_Perrault) November 22, 2020
New England's defense struggled mightily containing Deshaun Watson. The Texans quarterback threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score.
Cam Newton, meanwhile, completed 26 of his 40 passes for 365 yards and a TD. Damiere Byrd was a bright spot for the Patriots as the wide receiver hauled in six passes for 132 yards and notched his first Pats touchdown.
Next up on the schedule for New England is a tough matchup next Sunday vs. Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.