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Dean Blandino: I wouldn’t say the officials got it wrong

Luke Kuechly, Rob Gronkowski AP

NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said in an interview on NFL Network that he wouldn’t downgrade the officials who picked up a pass interference flag on the last play of Monday night’s Patriots-Panthers game. But Blandino stopped short of directly endorsing the officials’ call.

Asked on NFL Network if the officials were wrong not to flag the Panthers for pass interference, Blandino answered, “I wouldn’t say that they were wrong.”

“They used proper mechanics,” Blandino said. “They got together after the play. They determined that in their judgment the contact occurred simultaneous with the ball being intercepted and that’s why the officials did what they did.”

Blandino said the back judge threw a flag on Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly for grabbing Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski but the side judge came in and told the back judge that Panthers safety Robert Lester had already touched the ball before Kuechly restricted Gronkowski’s movement.

“The back judge is going to see restriction right there and he’s going to throw his flag for that restriction,” Blandino said. “The side judge who had Dobson, his mechanics are once the ball is in the air he’s going to go to the ball and he’s going to focus on the interception. After the play – you’ll see the flag come out – the back judge is going to signal to the side judge and they’re going to get together and have a discussion. What they’re going to talk about is when did the restriction occur in relation to the ball being touched? Because once the ball is touched you cannot have pass interference. This is a judgment call; the officials don’t have the use of replay. They don’t have slow motion replay and ultimately they ruled that the restriction occurred simultaneously with the ball being touched. When you watch it at full speed, you could see why they would make that call on the field.”

That’s a different explanation than referee Clete Blakeman offered after the game. What Blakeman said is that the flag was picked up because the pass wasn’t catchable, not because the restriction occurred simultaneously with the ball being touched.

Blandino said the officials will not be downgraded for the call, and the call will not affect whether these officials are assigned to playoff games.

“Again, it’s a judgment call,” Blandino said. “There was contact, but there is contact on a lot of passing plays downfield. The issue isn’t the contact; the issue is the restriction. Does it occur prior to the ball being touched? At full speed, the officials made a tight judgment call and they determined that the restriction occurred just as the ball was being touched. Again, at full speed you could see why they made that call.”

In Blandino’s explanation, however, he never directly answered whether the officials got the call right. And, frankly, he comes across like he’s trying not to directly answer that question because he thinks his guys got it wrong.

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  1. towniesman says: Nov 19, 2013 5:49 PM

    bingo

  2. thegronk87 says: Nov 19, 2013 5:50 PM

    Yup, knew blandino would spin it. Officiating has gone down wver since mike pereira left and blandino took over.

  3. hen510 says: Nov 19, 2013 5:50 PM

    “nice clean play”

  4. nfl4days says: Nov 19, 2013 5:51 PM

    The refs got the call wrong and Blandino knows it. Gotta protect the boys. What a joke. The refs this year are almost as bad as the replacements. They might be worse actually. At least the replacements actually let the players play and you saw some real defense. If the NFL keeps heading in this direction, I’ll done with it.

  5. ufanforreal says: Nov 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    Should of been holding, hell he was being held even before the ball was released.

  6. abrasion says: Nov 19, 2013 5:55 PM

    Saying the contact happened simultaneously to the ball getting there is a straight up lie because they don’t want to admit they were wrong.

  7. thepftpoet says: Nov 19, 2013 5:55 PM

    The Patriots are complaining about a bad call by the refs?

    How ironic.

  8. ranoversquarells says: Nov 19, 2013 5:57 PM

    “There was contact, but there is contact on a lot of passing plays downfield. The issue isn’t the contact; the issue is the restriction. Does it occur prior to the ball being touched?”

    Yes, there are linebackers HUGGING receivers on every play (god I wish someone would invent a sarcasm font).

  9. patsfan1820 says: Nov 19, 2013 5:57 PM

    Can we get over this and focus on Peyton vs Brady this Sunday Night.

  10. truthfactory says: Nov 19, 2013 6:00 PM

    How did they get alit wrong? If its uncatchable then its not a penalty. Even if no one was guarding Gronk, his momentum is carrying towards back end of endzone while the Panthers player intercepts it at the from part of the endzone. It would have never made it to him because it got picked off before it got to him to even attempt to make a circus catch.

  11. mattspapi says: Nov 19, 2013 6:02 PM

    Hilarious
    Blindino pulls the ultimate party line speak
    Refs didn’t get it wrong
    Never said they got it right
    So many pictures on the web today show the ball is 10 yards away from the DB
    $10 billion business that has contract employees running the show
    Only in America

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 19, 2013 6:02 PM

    At least Blandino is making things more clear that things aren’t clear at all.

  13. wheresthebeer says: Nov 19, 2013 6:04 PM

    Simultaneously?? Does he not know there’s a thing called replay

  14. nyneal says: Nov 19, 2013 6:05 PM

    That was the worst call at the end of a game since the scab refs stole that game from the Packers in Seattle last year.
    If that isn’t pass interference, there is no such thing. You cannot assume Gronk would not have made a play on that ball had he not been mugged. The ref who threw the flag threw it immediately and he was right. And — I was rooting for the Panthers, so I’m no Patriot boot kisser.
    I just heard Mike Pieura on satellite radio and he said it asbolutely should have been called pass interference.
    I watched tons of football over the weekend and the officiating is worse than ever because of the stupid rules that are in place. The NFL has become a joke and it’s going to drive fans away because it’s become Arena League Football, II.

  15. jamaltimore says: Nov 19, 2013 6:06 PM

    It was a good call Gronk had no chance of catching it and he made no effort to go back to get the pass.

  16. sf49ers4 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:07 PM

    Contact occurred before the ball reached the end zone. Look at the angle from the back of the end zone. This guy can’t admit this and the Brooks hit were wrong; that’s why he’s dancing around a definitive answer.

  17. titansbro says: Nov 19, 2013 6:09 PM

    In fairness, officiating wasn’t really good under Perreira either. It’s too hard for officials now because no one really knows exactly what is or isn’t a penalty anymore.

    This play in particular I can see either way. I do think the ball was uncatchable. If LK isn’t even there I still think the ball gets intercepted easily. The play just wasn’t there to be made, which is why Gronk didn’t even fight for it. He gave up on the play & wasn’t even arguing for a flag. He reacted once the flag came out. It would’ve been a bail out big time. But if they didn’t pick it up, I wouldn’t be able to tell you they were necessarily wrong either. If they had not thrown the flag at all I don’t think this is such an issue. I mean this is not nearly as bad as the missed PI call in the SB & the Pats have been the beneficiaries of these kinds of calls more often than not. So I think we just all need to move on.

  18. thethunderofgunns says: Nov 19, 2013 6:09 PM

    Tuck Rule Karma Forever Baby!!!!!!

  19. wwwmattcom says: Nov 19, 2013 6:10 PM

    I didn’t think the previous pass interference call on the same drive was pass interference. So. Karma.

    Keuchly should know better than to bear hug gronkowski though.

    I think the refs got it right in that the ball was too underthrown and gronk couldn’t have caught the ball because the intercepting defender was in a MUCH better position and the only way he wasn’t catching it cleanly is if gronk interfered with him.

    Bottom line. If your team won, who cares If its right or wrong. Just be on the right side of the call.

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 19, 2013 6:11 PM

    titansbro:

    Yes, but that’s why it’s the NFL’s job to have oversight of the rulebook and to fix issues like this from manifesting into an issue. And then they don’t even have competent committees to back them up when they aren’t able to figure out how to improve the quality of the game via the rules and the officiating processes.

  21. TheWizard says: Nov 19, 2013 6:12 PM

    I’m not complaining about the outcome of the game, but what he’s saying here is that it’s ok for a linebacker to bearhug a receiver as long as the ball isn’t within the receiver’s reach.

    Try that this Sunday and see how it works out.

  22. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 19, 2013 6:13 PM

    “the contact occurred simultaneous with the ball being intercepted and that’s why the officials did what they did.”

    NOT EVEN CLOSE. He had Gronkowski in a sleeper hold well before the INT. Pereira even acknowledged it. The back judge saw this right in front of him. How is the side judge an over ruling element?

    Is a decent lie so much to ask for??

  23. kennyadler1 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:14 PM

    What I don’t understand is that holding or illegal contact is called all the time even when a pass is not thrown in the receivers direction…..so why wasn’t illegal contact (past 5 yds) or holding called….it looked like that to me anyway….

  24. posmoo says: Nov 19, 2013 6:16 PM

    the refs did a quick mental calculus on whether it was more likely that Gronk would have caught it than not had the PI not taken place.
    Since the odds clearly favored the defensive back getting to the ball well before Gronk, and their only choice upon calling PI would be to put the ball on the one yard line thus giving the pats an very good chance to win the game, they decided the the LEAST UNFAIR unfair outcome they could choose from would be to do nothing.

    This ending could be avoided if the penalty for PI wasn’t quite so harsh and didn’t result in placing the ball on the one so they never have to get into a moral debate about splitting a baby in half.

  25. RE LEE says: Nov 19, 2013 6:16 PM

    Sounds like a run around… Sugarcoat it, gloss it but we saw what we saw. The pats was CLETED. But as BB won’t to say, it is what it is. So the pats are moving on. Harbaugh should do the same. Blandino should do something about these officiating. It’s becoming to be a circus. The pats can so far, afford these losses. But when the really big games come Blandino must step up to ensure that the calls made are legit. The integrity of the game depends on competence and sureness of these so-called judgments. All these teams work hard and it’s a disgrace to have a team lose or win arbitrarily. But then again maybe it’s good business for the nfl to have all these hullabaloos.

  26. japmen says: Nov 19, 2013 6:17 PM

    I don’t how there was more outrage at the replacements. I see no true difference outside of the outrage. Obvious bad call. Incredibly obvious and I don’t even like the Pats. I just hate the blatant effort to adjust game results by the Refs and the NFL itself.

  27. hen510 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    Why is everyone so focused on the great coverage on gronk ?
    Clearly the game was won on the pick from brady.

  28. lks311 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:22 PM

    Those that can do, those that can’t…become Head of Officiating for the National Football League.

    Quickly becoming my least favorite person associated with the entire NFL.

  29. azarkhan says: Nov 19, 2013 6:22 PM

    Given how the NFL makes the refs call every ticky tack foul in favor of the offense, it’s amazing that on the crystal clear foul Kuechly committed against Gronk, the refs pick up the flag, say no foul, and, oh yeah, tell everyone to just go home without even bothering to provide an explanation. Personally I want less fouls called, not more, but what happened last night was absurd.

  30. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Nov 19, 2013 6:27 PM

    The bottom line is this: The video replay shows conclusively that Gronkowski, the target of Brady’s pass, was interfered with—and not merely contacted—by Kuechly as the ball was still in flight, and not after Lester had intercepted Brady’s pass. To argue otherwise, I believe, demonstrates poor judgment.

  31. Rick Gershman says: Nov 19, 2013 6:28 PM

    It’s plainly at least defensive holding. It’s definitely not illegal contact, and it gets subjective when you’re dealing with pass interference because of the “catchability” exception. (Even though that exception typically only gets factored in when the ball is way overthrown, not just a few yards short.)

    So even if you don’t call it PI–which is what the back judge saw–you have to call it defensive holding. Gronk is getting hugged like he just dropped $10,000 at the gentlemen’s club. At the very least, the Pats should have gotten five yards closer and had one untimed down. It’s a big fail by the officials, no question.

  32. killitandeatit says: Nov 19, 2013 6:29 PM

    One thing I haven’t seen a comment or question on : A flag was thrown and everyone assumes it was for (a) Pass I. (b) illegal contact (c) holding. Now, the officials don’t jump back there and just choose one. The official who threw the flag tells the head official “I called_________ . They then confer on what each official saw from their angle and determined it was a non call do to the int. or other factors(5 yards short). It is always a subjective call and the fact that it was the last play of the game is a factor. Yes it COULD have been a flag for holding but he didn’t throw it for holding.

  33. whywerule says: Nov 19, 2013 6:30 PM


    thepftpoet says:
    Nov 19, 2013 5:55 PM
    The Patriots are complaining about a bad call by the refs?

    No, the Patriots made it clear they had moved on before they left the visiting team dressing room in Carolina. There is nothing in this article that indicates the Patriots are complaining. So why bring up such a lie?

  34. jofig56 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:32 PM

    If Gronk would’ve made a play towards the ball instead of keeping pace and running towards the goal post, it would’ve been called. Play the ball til the whistle blows.

  35. maniakalol says: Nov 19, 2013 6:32 PM

    Everyone try as hard as you can to ignore seeing all the offensive line holding while Brady is standing there trying to deliver that duck into the endzone.

    But everyone try as hard as you can to focus on the receiver contact near the uncatchable ball.

  36. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Nov 19, 2013 6:33 PM

    Picking up the flag and running off the field like it was a Brinks robbery is what makes the refs look really bad.

  37. jbaxt says: Nov 19, 2013 6:36 PM

    Game can’t end on a defensive penalty. Call it whatever you sent but a penalty, pi or holding, it was.

  38. thethunderofgunns says: Nov 19, 2013 6:37 PM

    Tuck Rule/Spygate Karma Forever Baby!!!!!!

    - A Raider Fan :)

  39. tsh0824 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:38 PM

    For all those saying the ball was uncatchable, we will never know because of the interference! That is the whole point of the penalty in the first first. Uncatchable is only on balls overthrown or the sidelines where there is literally no way for it to be caught. Or how about this, what if the ball had not been picked off? What if it bounced off of the DB and hopped in the air towards Gronk? Then what, would it have been uncatchable? How old Gronk have had a chance to improve his path to the ball if he had already been interfered with? That is the point of the PI call. Lastly, he blatantly goes against the officials diagnosis for the call last night and explains that contact happens on every play and that contact wasn’t the issue. Really? So why ever call PI? Or holding? What about the contact five minutes earlier when Greg Olsen wrapped his arms around McCourty and drew a holding call? Why call that if it happens on every play according to Blandino? The patriots lost last night for many reasons, not being to get a TD with starting position on the 39 of the panthers, Ridleys fumble, stupid penalties, lack of execution. They lost and had they won it would have been miraculous. However, it is just egregious to have a game end on a clear penalty and then have the league flip flop as to the reasoning behind it. Oh and Blandino “said they were wrong without saying they were wrong”. I remember a vaguely similar post on here this morning from Florio about Bellicheck and his lack of comment on the call.

  40. quentinsands says: Nov 19, 2013 6:38 PM

    Everyone keeps saying Gronk was out of position to make the catch. Watch the replay. Look at his field position prior to getting bear-hugged towards the back of the end zone. Without the interference, he is absolutely in position to make a play on the ball.

    Doesn’t mean he succeeds. But if that is not interference, I don’t know what is anymore.

  41. firstroyal says: Nov 19, 2013 6:40 PM

    Patriots need more rules to add to their rule book
    1.Tuck rule
    2.Attempted fumble recovery
    3.Phantom pass interferance calls
    4. (and most importantly) Attempting to win the game-automatic turnover, by rule patriots ball.

    this is an outrage, how dare the refs rule in another teams favor- didn’t brady motion for a flag hard enough?

  42. weepingjebus says: Nov 19, 2013 6:40 PM

    As if this sport needs any more reasons for people to not watch it. All that was missing was if they had immediately cut away from the ref running off the field to Bob Costas giving a 45 minute lecture against fracking.

  43. ginojohn says: Nov 19, 2013 6:40 PM

    im not a fan of either team, but wise up sports fans, pro football is fixed!!!!They play with games every week. Thats why you get no clear cut explaination of the call, and why the flag was picked up.

  44. andymannfl says: Nov 19, 2013 6:43 PM

    A better call might have been illegal contact BEFORE the throw. That would have been a five yard penalty and one last shot from the 20. Chances are, the Pats don’t get it (just the odds) and lose regardless. The fact is, when contact was made, the ball was NOT catchable, it was already in the air and underthrown. The interference in no way impeded Gronk from catching the ball.

  45. tonyc920 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:43 PM

    Packer fan here, I watched that game from beginning to end and that was a dandy to watch. More entertaining than the Pack right now.

    That non call in the end zone was WRONG. Gronkowski was MUGGED and they should have had one more play from the 1 yardline. It wasn’t holding, The ball was in the air. It was faceguarding at the least which is P.I. His path to the ball was impeded regardless of the pick.
    We know Football here in GB and that was bad officiating. Now you know how we felt Pats Fans, ala Seattle last year. Cost us a home playoff game in the 2nd round.

  46. mitchem85 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:46 PM

    Look, the refs are a complete joke… I’m not a pats fan(I’m a skins fan) but I actually don’t mind the panthers, but this was a terrible gaffe by the refs. The nfl better so something about these refs, and quick.. There is no consistent refs, one game something is called, another game the same thing happens and it’s NOT called. I’ve been watching the nfl, and a fan of the skins for 25+ years. I’m a third generation fan, I spend about 5k a year on football “stuff”(games,memorabilia,stickers,blankets, and even gifts for friends of mine who are fans of other teams) but I swear on everything that if they don’t get this fixed, I’m DONE. I never thought id say it, but I refuse to be a part or participate in what’s turned into a complete JOKE. Get it fixed or lose fans! Fans=$$$

  47. firstroyal says: Nov 19, 2013 6:49 PM

    Refs get at LEAST 2 game changing calls wrong every week- but we talk about this because its the patriots. No wonder people hate new england

  48. dcpatfan says: Nov 19, 2013 6:53 PM

    jofig56 says:
    Nov 19, 2013 6:32 PM
    If Gronk would’ve made a play towards the ball instead of keeping pace and running towards the goal post, it would’ve been called. Play the ball til the whistle blows.

    How do you make a play toward the ball when your being tackled away from the ball by the leagues leading tackler?

  49. r8dernation says: Nov 19, 2013 6:54 PM

    Hey Gronk, go run to the back on the endzone and i’ll drop the ball right at the goal line so you have no change to catch it and we’ll get a free first and goal at the one.

  50. zombiepatriot says: Nov 19, 2013 6:54 PM

    MUST PROTECT THE BRAND.

  51. r8dernation says: Nov 19, 2013 6:56 PM

    Faceguarding has been legal again for many years, correct?

  52. patsfan13 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:57 PM

    I think that all calls for, and against any team probably average out over the course of the season. Like Gronk said, the game was lost over the course of 4 quarters.

  53. marima07 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:58 PM

    thethunderofgunns says (twice):

    Tuck Rule Karma Forever Baby!!!!!!
    —————————————-
    The Patriots have prospered since the Tuck Rule game – winning 3 of 5 Super Bowls, so if this is ‘tuck rule karma’ Pats fans can live with it.

    Wonder what the Raiders did that was so bad they haven’t even had a winning season since 2002. Yep, that karma’s a b*tch.

  54. tsh0824 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:00 PM

    Line for this game. Panthers -3.5. Over/under = 45. Final score on a game decided by a picked up flag in the end zone on a PI call. . . . . . .24-20 Panthers. Draw your own conclusions. But before you do, do some research into other games decided at the end, ie niners/saints, and the lines on those games.

  55. hess97 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:03 PM

    what did he say about the saints being allowed to sack Kap by the neck, the niners not?

  56. keltictim says: Nov 19, 2013 7:13 PM

    Here’s the bottom line… It happened, it’s over, horrible call,yes, but it happened. The patriots got over it the second they hit the locker room time for everyone else to move on to. However for all the haters who say the pats should have asterisks for certain wins, are you gonna call for one now?

  57. MostlyRight says: Nov 19, 2013 7:18 PM

    MostlyRight: Blandino got it wrong.

  58. jollyjoker2 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:24 PM

    for all you folks that wanted replacement refs kicked to the curb.. enjoy!

  59. cornerstone2001 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:33 PM

    “Again, it’s a judgment call,” Blandino said

    —————————–

    Yeah…..poor judgement

  60. cornerstone2001 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:35 PM

    The refs were “bullied”………………………..

    ………by the Vegas oddsmakers

  61. sbaltimore says: Nov 19, 2013 7:39 PM

    Blandino stated that the call from the side judge overruled the call from the back judge. The call from the side judge was that the ball was intercepted simultaneously with the interference, so therefore there’s no penalty. Replay clearly shows the interference occurred well before the ball was intercepted. Therefore, the side judge was wrong. How can Blandino continue to argue and support the notion that the ball was picked off at the same time that the interference took place when the replay clearly disputes that?

  62. brucetrimble says: Nov 19, 2013 7:45 PM

    When the head of officiating starts to sound like a politician and the games are at the mercy of part time refs, the NFL begins to remind me of professional wrestling, and my interest wanes. The refs are undermining the integrity of the game.

  63. gborange says: Nov 19, 2013 7:58 PM

    McDaniels had Brady to throw short into triple coverage because he thought they would get a cheap “first and goal” from PI simply because common belief is that if Brady throws an incomplete pass it has to be because the defense were cheating in some way. Haha @ the Pats. It didn’t work

  64. panthro79 says: Nov 19, 2013 8:13 PM

    So are the Pat fans also up in arms about the no call leg whip on Charles Johnson, Mankins head butting Kuechly on numerous occasions, or the blatant hold on 4th and 10…. which seems to be their new MO (hey there Saints fans).

  65. rizzy4416 says: Nov 19, 2013 8:15 PM

    Lets focus on the real issue at hand here…the truth is Patriot fans are a bunch of divas and can’t deal with the fact they got beat on prime time by the Panthers. It shouldn’t come down to the last play to win it or loose it. You guys lost plain and simple and couldn’t contain Newton and the Panthers offense. Oh and FYI there’s still 5 or 6 Patriot jocks still laying on the field from Newtons run haha…learn to tackle and you won’t have to worry about no calls at the end of the game. Keep Pounding!

  66. delhommed says: Nov 19, 2013 8:25 PM

    Breaking news: sometimes officials miss calls. I am not so sure it was interference on the play in question… but to all you Pats fans and media types who think it was a blown call that could have changed the outcome of the game… what about the leg whip on Charles Johnson that should have been flagged for a personal foul and resulted in Johnson spraining his knee and the Pats driving the field for a TD? Why is that no call being discussed?

  67. metintodd says: Nov 19, 2013 8:28 PM

    Time to overturn the Carolina win and give it to the Patriots. They earned it.

  68. 21stnprime says: Nov 19, 2013 8:29 PM

    lmao! this guy gotta go too.

  69. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Nov 19, 2013 8:52 PM

    Metintodd – love it!

    I think its outrageous that every opponent doesnt just lay down before each game and forfeit against the pats. Why even play the season? Cue the duckboats so “we” can have a parade in Nov instead of Feb.

  70. rizzy4416 says: Nov 19, 2013 8:57 PM

    What they earned was another loss haha…your living in a dream world pal. Typical Patriots fan…thinks they are owed something cause Brady is the golden boy. Wake up man!

  71. jebdamone says: Nov 19, 2013 9:21 PM

    “They got together after the play. They determined that in their judgment the contact occurred simultaneous with the ball being intercepted and that’s why the officials did what they did.”

    **********************************
    that end zone camera angle shows perfectly that Kuechly had wrapped up well before the ball was touched…which happens to be almost exactly the view the back judge had.

  72. RE LEE says: Nov 19, 2013 9:31 PM

    Why do haters keep saying that the pats are complaining? The pats fan and OTHER football fans are complaining. They saw blatantly absurd officiating and dismissive refs. BB and TB gracefully conceded that the ref are basically the gods of football. They remain classy and have move on even accepting that they have to do better, their usual line. No the pats don’t hold grudges. They just move on always focused on themselves and praising other teams’ strength. The haters on the other hand, just keep bleating their contempt of the pats. They can’t muster a new tune. What a sad refrain…

  73. steviaquinn says: Nov 19, 2013 9:36 PM

    The really scary thing is that refs are determine outcomes of games now. Even scarier? some fans think that wasn’t pass interference.

  74. mickton says: Nov 19, 2013 9:53 PM

    blandino is paid to say that

  75. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Nov 19, 2013 9:58 PM

    It would have helped Patriots case if Gronk had fought harder to get back to the ball…

  76. bucckevin says: Nov 19, 2013 10:08 PM

    Which replay is he watching? It’s pretty obvious from watching the replay that contact was made well before the ball was in the vicinity.

    And he doesn’t want to call it the wrong call because “it was a judgement call.” So basically wrong or right, they’re right because it was their judgement…………

  77. mrreality1 says: Nov 19, 2013 10:18 PM

    Calls even out, the refs missed a 15 yarder on Marcus Cannon for a disgusting leg whip that injured a player. I never heard anyone mention it on Boston Sports radio today.

  78. ofranzmrockdoc says: Nov 19, 2013 10:27 PM

    Pat haters find joy in the no call while willfully remaining oblivious to the obvious. Luke Kuechly began dancing with Gonk about a yard after he crossed the goal line. An obvious call to make, I agree with ex Brocco Rod Smith. Gonk should have simply fallen down instead of letting himself be guided toward the back of the end zone. Whether or not NE would have scored after a 5 yard penalty for holding we will never know, nor does it matter at this point.

  79. bigbadal21 says: Nov 19, 2013 10:29 PM

    nyneal says:Nov 19, 2013 6:05 PM

    That was the worst call at the end of a game since the scab refs stole that game from the Packers in Seattle last year.
    If that isn’t pass interference, there is no such thing. You cannot assume Gronk would not have made a play on that ball had he not been mugged. The ref who threw the flag threw it immediately and he was right. And — I was rooting for the Panthers, so I’m no Patriot boot kisser.
    I just heard Mike Pieura on satellite radio and he said it asbolutely should have been called pass interference.
    I watched tons of football over the weekend and the officiating is worse than ever because of the stupid rules that are in place. The NFL has become a joke and it’s going to drive fans away because it’s become Arena League Football, II.
    ——————————————————–

    The Green Bay game you are referring to had the correct call. The rules say when 2 players make a catch at the same time the catch goes to the offense. The subs got it right. The big hoopla is that the Green bay player had 2 hands on the ball and the Seattle player only had one hand on the ball. That would be fine if the rules for catching a ball required 2 hands. It doesn’t. There are no style points in the rules. It does not pass the eyeball test but it passes the rules test.

  80. cbblitz says: Nov 19, 2013 10:53 PM

    LOL how is this karma for the tuck rule?

    Would karma let the Pats go to 5 superbowls while the Raiders remain bottom feeders for the better part of 10 years?

  81. silverhornet says: Nov 19, 2013 11:01 PM

    They should fine Brady and Mullett for their hissy fits at the refs after the game and into the tunnel. No wonder the refs were in a hurry to leave. True, they should have explained their call. But oh well.

  82. lostsok says: Nov 19, 2013 11:12 PM

    It was an awful pass. For a second I thought the Pats had traded for Geno Smith between plays.

  83. fanasaurus says: Nov 20, 2013 12:48 AM

    @rizzy4416
    Lets look at the real issue tough guy. Talk is cheap so go flex in the mirror as you bash all Pats fans.

  84. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 20, 2013 1:09 AM

    Nuts and bolts, nuts and bolts…

    I laughed at how bad the holding was when I saw the highlight. Looked like he might run a hook before the mugging.

    Gronk didn’t want a hug, but he does want his wallet and keys back.

  85. robseahawksfan says: Nov 20, 2013 2:09 AM

    thegronk87 says:
    Nov 19, 2013 5:50 PM
    Yup, knew blandino would spin it. Officiating has gone down wver since mike pereira left and blandino took over.
    ***********

    Talk to us Seattle fans about how “good” that Mike Pereira was at officiating.

  86. robseahawksfan says: Nov 20, 2013 2:16 AM

    tonyc920 says:
    Now you know how we felt Pats Fans, ala Seattle last year. Cost us a home playoff game in the 2nd round.

    ********
    The way we Seahawk fans see it, the Golden Tate simultaneous possession call was a makeup call for the utterly BOGUS PI call the Pack got on 3rd and long and incomplete on the previous possession that allowed the Pack to continue their drive and pull ahead. As Steeler fans say to us to this day, “let it GO.”

  87. robgilman says: Nov 20, 2013 2:23 AM

    Watched the replay 20 times in a row, and Blandino is correct. Ball was already getting intercepted by the time Gronk tried to come back for the ball. Great call. Bad pass by Brady. Confused why Pats fans aren’t more upset about their teams performance. The defense got worked by Cam Newton and offense sputtered at times.

    Things only get harder this week.

  88. ejmat2 says: Nov 20, 2013 7:44 AM

    I would say they got it wrong. Without a doubt they got it wrong. How was the defender not impeding the WR’s route? Isn’t that part of PI?

    I wanted Carolina to win but that doesn’t take away from the call that was bad. They just need to own up and say we messed up. That’s it! Then move on.

  89. 8man says: Nov 20, 2013 8:39 AM

    First off, for all of you bitching about penalties you saw or think you saw that weren’t called, they are immaterial to this discussion.

    The debate rages around a flag thrown by the back judge based on contact initiated by the defense before and during the flight of the ball. The referee, who was looking from side of the play erroneously asserted that the ball was uncatchable and then the league changed its reasoning to some mechanical explanation.

    Regardless of the teams or the situation, the video shows the officials to be incorrect and essentially liars in their defense of their decision to remove the flag after an official saw a penalty or penalties and decided to act.

    It’s crap. We all know it. And the only question is which team or teams and games will be adversely affected by this ineptitude and indignance.

  90. jgedgar70 says: Nov 20, 2013 9:23 AM

    Here are 2 things to consider that no one is talking about:

    1) Gronk should have imitated his opposite number. Anybody remember Greg Olsen holding both arms straight up while he was being held on the previous drive? Kuechly had Gronk’s left arm in the bear hug, but his right arm was free. If Gronk holds that arm up and flails like Olsen did, the flag probably doesn’t get picked up.

    2) Why is there a debate about if the pass was catchable or not? Because Brady threw a duck off his back foot as he’s about to get buried, because Charles Johnson’s re-entry into the game gave the Panthers their pass rush back. The Patriots didn’t do much offensively in the first half. Once CJ went out, their offense became unstoppable. But when CJ came back in the last drive, Brady got hit on almost every play. Even if the penalty is upheld, there is ZERO guaratee that they score on the untimed down. That’s what is bothering me about the argument. People are acting as if the Patriots scored the game-winning TD and the refs took the points off the board and gave the game to the Panthers. Should the Pats have had one more down from the 1 yard line? Yes. Were they guarnteed to score? No.

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