If you listened intently to the post-game press conferences of New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, and Bill Belichick, head coach of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, you could hardly tell who won Sunday’s game.

“We lost,” said Bowles. “We fought to the end. We weren’t good enough.”

“It definitely wasn’t our best performance,” said Belichick. “I don’t think any of us felt great about the way we performed today. I’m sure everybody feels that way.”

“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser,” said Bowles.

“We’ve got to do a better job of everything,” said Belichick. “Coaching, playing, you name it.”

Actually, Bowles, who took the “L” in Massachusetts, 30-23, the Jets’ second loss of the season, said much less than Belichick, known for not saying much at all.

Though defeated, the now 4-2 Jets played competitively, defended strong for two quarters, matching New England’s field goal and touchdown until New England went ahead by three, 13-10, approximately two minutes before halftime.

The Jets were able to interrupt the Pats’ passing game, somewhat. They had three sacks on quarterback Tom Brady in the first half—one each by Muhammad Wilkerson, Calvin Pace and Sheldon Richardson. And credit the Jets’ defense, or errant play of Brady’s receivers, but either way, dropped passes were a problem for New England early on. Their run game was nonexistent. Brady’s team leading 15 yards rushing is evidence of that. Ironically, he was able to manage 355 hard-fought passing yards and 34 completions out of 54 attempts for the day.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who seems to have gotten quite comfortable behind center Nick Mangold, threw for 295 total passing yards, with 22 completions, 39 attempts and two touchdowns and had 29 rushing yards of his own. Six receptions by receiver Eric Decker (94 yards) and a short-yard pass to running back Chris Ivory kept the Jets in the game.

“We can’t take any moral victories from it,” stated Fitzpatrick, when asked about his performance.

Bowles wants the team to learn from this game, the mistakes, clean those things up and move on. “If we linger on this game, then we’re going to get beat next week,” he said, referring to the Jets’ road game this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders—a team that you cannot sleep on.