It's going to take some time for Tom Brady to get the image out of his mind.

It played out so often Sunday. A receiver streaked down the field with a step on the man in coverage. Brady spotted him. It looked like a certain six or at least a first down. The ball is delivered. It flies long. It hits the turf. Opportunity lost.

It's hard to pinpoint one thing that went wrong Sunday. The defense created six pressures on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during Sunday's 26-16 loss, Aqib Talib was hurt, and the running game never got started. But there were at least a half dozen deep passes from Brady that missed the mark that would have changed the complexion of the game if they had been on point.

There were no deep answers for whey the Patriots quarterback couldn't get the ball where he wanted it to go. It was simple.

"I just overthrew them," Brady, who completed 24 of 38 passes for 277 yards Sunday, said.

It shouldn't have been shocking that Brady struggled to connect on deep passes. Entering action, he had completed 21.4 percent of his passes that traveled 25 yards or more through the air, placing him 31st in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats and Information. On Sunday, he missed on 4 of 5 passes that traveled 20 or more yards through the air.

Brady's first misfire came on a third-and-three play in the first quarter when he overthrew Matthew Slater down the right sideline. On the next drive, he sailed a pass intended for a wide-open Julian Edelman down the left sideline.

The Patriots had an opportunity to score points because Denver called a timeout before attempting a field goal on the final drive of the first half, but were unable to take advantage. Brady missed an open Austin Collie, then sailed another pass to Edelman.

The miss to Edelman is one that will stick with Brady.