Head coach Andy Robinson rued the lapses which allowed world champions New Zealand to claim a 51-22 win in the EMC Test at Murrayfield.
Seeking a first win over the All Blacks at the 29th attempt, Scotland took an early lead when Tim Visser scored his first of two tries. However, the tourists responded with three converted tries in a 10-minute spell to take a commanding lead and effectively end the match as a contest as the All Blacks extended their unbeaten run to 18 Tests.
"If you sit off New Zealand they're a very good attacking team and they will take you apart," said Robinson, who confirmed flanker Ross Rennie suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first half.
"That was a lesson that we knew before going into this game, that we had to get off the line, that we had to put them under pressure.
"We did in parts, but you've got to do that consistently for the whole 80 minutes. I thought we just dropped off a little bit on our line-speed and allowed them to play too comfortably."
Scotland number eight Kelly Brown, making his 50th appearance and first as captain, said: "We needed to be a difficult side to beat and out there we weren't."
A Geoff Cross try in first-half stoppage time cut the deficit to 34-17, but the All Blacks were never really in trouble and finished with six tries - Julian Savea (two), Israel Dagg, Corey Jane, Andrew Hore and Ben Smith scoring - and 21 points from the boot of fly-half Dan Carter.
The peerless Carter was at the centre of much of New Zealand's play, his breaks key in many of the scores.
Robinson said: "When you give a guy like that time and space he'll pull the strings.
"He's a fantastic footballer and rugby player. We had to put him under pressure. When he does break the line the team normally score from it."