The Patriots lost to the Panthers on Monday Night Football tonight by a score of 24-20. Cam Newton led an impressive 80 yard drive in the fourth quarter to give his team the go-ahead score and their sixth straight win. That's probably not what you're going to hear much about the next few days though.
The talk of the town will surely be the final play of the game, with the Patriots on the Carolina 18, down by four with three seconds remaining, a Brady pass was picked off in the endzone. A flag was thrown for what we can gather as defensive pass interference, but was later picked up.
Looking at the replay, the call appeared to be obvious that Rob Gronkowski was being held in the endzone, (Judge for yourself). Still, the refs picked up the flag with no explanation and jogged off the field.
That lit a fire under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
BB on last play and noncall: "Didn't get one tonight. Didn't get one in the Baltimore game. I guess that's the way you do it."— Christopher Price (@cpriceNFL) November 19, 2013
"None at all. Officials ran off the field. Didn't get one tonight. Didn't get one in the Baltimore game. Guess that's the way we do it." BB— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) November 19, 2013
The Baltimore one Belichick talks about happened last year, when it appeared Ravens kicker missed a game winning field goal. It was however called a make, and the refs refused to listen to an angry Belichick after the game. Belichick was later fined for grabbing a ref (albeit lightly).
This isn't the first controversial call the Patriots were a victim of this year either. They lost to the Jets on an unnecessary roughness call on their field goal unit after the Jets kicker Nick Folk missed a 58 yarder, moving the Jets into chip shot field goal range to win the game in overtime.
Belichick wasn't necessarily ripping the call, but more talking about not having the call explained to him.