For the first time since 2008, the New England Patriots will miss the postseason. After the loss that sent them packing, head coach Bill Belichick expressed his regret but expressed, noting that they simply didn’t play up to par.

On Sunday, the Patriots fell to the Miami Dolphins, 22-12. The loss brought their record to 6-8 and officially ended their 2020 season. Belichick criticized his team’s lack of effort. Also, he believes that the coaching staff didn’t do their job well enough.

“Yeah, well, disappointed, but we didn’t deserve to win today,” Belichick said about the Patriots, per Chris Mason of Mass Live.

“Yeah, well, it’s obviously a disappointing day for us (Patriots). We didn’t do anything really well enough to win the game. We just didn’t coach well enough. Didn’t … Missed opportunities and Miami was just better than we were today. That’s the bottom line. We all … Just came up short. To win these games, we got to do a better job. I got to do a better job and collectively as a staff and a team, we’ve got to perform better than this.”

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As noted, this is the first time that the Patriots will sit out the playoffs in 11 years. In that span, the Patriots went all the way to the Super Bowl five times and won three.

2020 also marks the Pats’ first season without quarterback Tom Brady. To recall, Brady spent his first 20 seasons in the NFL with the franchise, before moving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season. He guided the team to six Super Bowl titles.

The 2008 connection with 2020 for the Pats is accompanied by other landmark occurrences in sports. The Los Angeles Lakers made the NBA Finals in both years. The Tampa Bay Rays lost the World Series in both years. Florida and Oklahoma were paired in a bowl game in both college football seasons… among other things. New England is part of that larger bridge between 2008 and 2020.