The Patriots got robbed on Sunday. They should have won the game in Denver handily, but the Broncos had help. Tom Brady got stiffed. Boo.
Full disclosure, I’m a Pats fan. I lived in Boston in the 70’s and 80’s when they were known as the Patsies. They couldn’t steal a game. I still remember the fantastic team that went to the Super Bowl only to meet up with the best Chicago Bears team of all time. I hated Chicago long before Barack.
Last Sunday’s game should be replayed.
Courtesy of Yahoo and NFL Flims.
Here’s Exhibit 1, the Gronk.
Fourth down, Patriots ball deep in Denver territory, 2:21 remaining, Patriots down by eight. Tom Brady lofts a ball to Rob Gronkowski in the end zone, but Gronk can’t bring it down amidst a swarm of Broncos. (See the video at the top of this post.)
The “conspiracy”: Uncalled pass interference! Receivers love to call for a flag any time they miss a ball, and Gronk bellowed at the back judge, who merely kept his hand outstretched in the no-catch motion. It was a huge play; had the Patriots scored, they would have been, at worst, down two points with all three timeouts plus the two-minute warning remaining against a deflated (sorry) Denver squad.
Come on, really?: Well … yes. If you were building a case for conspiracy against the Patriots, this would be Exhibit A. On this particular call, the Patriots did indeed get jobbed:
Who knows what would have happened in those final two minutes? Perhaps Peyton Manning and the Denver offense get a first down and end the game; perhaps the Patriots get the ball back and kicker Stephen Gostkowski gets a shot to redeem his missed extra point. We’ll never know. But this one hurt, no doubt about it.
I hope the back judge got a new house.
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