Patriots RB Damien Harris has perfect response to his game-losing fumble vs. Dolphins
The New England Patriots were in the driver’s seat towards the end of their Week 1 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. With a first down at the 11-yard line, they had three cracks at getting it into the end zone before taking their go-ahead field goal.
But then Damien Harris lost the football, and the game, for the Patriots on their first attempt.
Patriots lose the season opener 17-16 the final. The Damien Harris fumble at the 9 yd line with just over 3 minutes to play is the difference in this one. @NBC10 #patriots
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— Joe Kayata (@NBC10_Joe) September 12, 2021
The Patriots running back was obviously disappointed after the game, but he refused to let himself get defined by just that one play.
Via Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports:
“It’s a tough play,” Harris said in the New England postgame presser. “Obviously I have to do a better job of holding on to the ball, especially in a critical situation like that, but it’s a long season. Not going to let this mistake define me, so I’m just ready to move forward.”
Harris rushed for exactly 100 yards on an eye-popping 23 carries for the Patriots. He further echoed on his sentiments, emphasizing that he’ll be holding himself accountable.
“What’s most important to me is the fact that we didn’t win the game first and foremost, and then the play that happened, I mean, I’m ready to move on,” he said. “It’s a tough play. It’s part of the game, but you know, I hold myself accountable, and I’ll continue to do that. Like I said, I’m just ready to move forward, and I’m not going to let it define me as a player.”