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Bill Belichick annoyed with question about New England Patriots looking past Miami Dolphins

By Alex Butler

Dec. 12 (UPI) -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was noticeably shaken by the idea of his team looking past an opponent Monday after a loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Belichick answered several questions from reporters at his postgame news conference at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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The first question he was asked was if the Patriots were looking toward their Week 15 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers instead of the Week 14 matchup against the Dolphins.

After several seconds of silence and headshaking, Belichick said "no." He also mumbled "give me a break, no." The Patriots coach then asked the room if there were any questions about the game.

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He also answered a question regarding the Patriots' struggles on third down. New England was 0-for-11 in the 27-20 loss.

"It wasn't good enough," he said.

More agonizing patches of awkward silence followed before Belichick offered additional insight with answers, using limited word counts in his retorts.

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When asked about the Patriots' game-ending onside kick, he said: "They recovered it."

Belichick's Patriots are now 1-4 in their last five trips to Miami. But he didn't seem to care when asked if his team struggled playing in South Florida.

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"Were you here last year?" Belichick responded, referencing the Patriots' 35-14 victory on New Year's Day in Miami.

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"Every game is its own game, OK? I don't think what happened five years ago has anything to do with tonight."

Did you get all of that?

The Patriots can now, officially, look forward to facing the AFC rival Steelers at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Both teams are fighting it out for the No. 1 seed in the conference.

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