Report: Morelli’s crew reassigned to Eagles-Patriots game

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Patriots fans are getting upset. Or, as the case may be, more upset.

In confirming the PFT report that referee Pete Morelli’s crew has been removed from Sunday night’s game between the Colts and Steelers, the Associated Press also reports that Morelli and crew have been reassigned to the game between the Eagles and Patriots.

The move comes at a time when plenty of Patriots fans have become convinced that the NFL and/or the referees are out to get the Patriots, presumably for #DeflateGate. Fueling the theory is, among other things, a regional Sports Illustrated cover featuring Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler throwing a pass in the foreground — and Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley being blatantly held in the background.

Then there’s Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski agreeing with the assessment that he’s being targeted for offensive pass interference penalties.

The burgeoning belief overlooks the fact that the Patriots won 10 games to start the season. But maybe that’s the genius of it.

Regardless, if the reaction will be that dramatic after the team’s first loss in 11 games, it’ll be a lot worse if they lose in the postseason.

188 responses to “Report: Morelli’s crew reassigned to Eagles-Patriots game

  1. So much for the integrity of the game right Roger? Instead of pursing Tom in federal court, after already admitting to federal judge Berman, there was no evidence, put that $ towards full time refs.

  2. Remove the team names and any fan base would be ticked at getting a third-rate crew…. Imagine the uproar if (when) they screw something up

  3. Guys, this is not about the Pats but about the refs and the NFL. In any of our day jobs, incompetence equals loss. Goodell does not want competence, he only wants to look competent. They are a PR firm.

  4. Roger and his Henchmen admitted in court there was no evidence to prove deflation….yet Goodell still punished. Of course Roger has instructed his hand picked refs to continue the persecution.
    The Full 31 can’t beat NE without their bag of tricks.

  5. Bad calls are bad calls plain and simple.

    And the Patriots are the ones getting jobbed by the bad calls.

    Plain and simple.

    “No Integrity” Goodell is surely behind it.

  6. Who’s to say if the NFL and refs are or aren’t out to get the Patriots? But- it makes perfect sense since the majority of people outside of New England hate the team and it’s fans. Nothing would surprise me. I don’t care about the hate. Just please leave Gronk alone… or at least target some other big TE’s too.

  7. I mean the refereeing in the Broncos/Patriots game reached a farcical level, no question. But putting the the Patriots player getting clothselined without penalty in the game on the cover of SI is just the cherry on the top. They couldn’t get a photo of a Bronco not committing a penalty in a critical spot so they just put a photo where most of his body was missing.

    The genius of this if you’re Goody is that everyone outside of Patriots fans want to see the Pats go down in flames, “integrity” be damned. Most people out there are happy the commish is crooked, since most of the time that means jobbing the Patriots.

  8. Team loses one game and a bunch of whining babies. I guess that’s what cheaters do. They were the beneficiaries of the worst call of all time – the Tuck rule.
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    Pats also had the Tuck Rule called against them in that same season 15 freaking years ago. In the Jets game. Testeverde was ruled to have “tucked” the ball, thus allowing the Jets to keep possession.

    Or did you forget or were unaware of that?

  9. Oh boy. What could go wrong with THIS guy as lead official of this game?
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    Tune in Sunday at 1 PM on FOX to find out!

  10. Guys are blatantly held on EVERY play. That’s the irony because they’ve gotten to where defensive backs and receivers get called for breathing on each other while the interior lines look like Greco Roman wrestling.

  11. I’m glad you caught the SI cover, Mike. The irony of that photo couldn’t be more evident, given how the last 20 minutes of that game was officiated.

    BTW- the haters should note that while Pats fans, like most fans, will complain about the officials. (and in this case justifiably so). But their HC NEVER does, unlike so many of his brethren. The Pats are coached to overcome that kind of adversity. Everybody makes mistakes. The coaches, the players, AND the officials. They are part of the game….usually.

    However in this case, the pure volume of questionable calls and non-calls over the last 20 minutes of the game would lead ANY fan to question the honesty of the game. This wasn’t just one bad call or mistake. There were 7 calls and non-calls that I can recall off the top of my head.

    We might seem like we are paraniod, but it’s not paranoia, when it’s true.

  12. It’s not like Gronkowski is known for pushing off or anything…
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    He’s getting held or illegally contacted far more than he’s pushing off.

    Both of his OPI penalties should actually have been IC penalties on Denver because Gronk was chucked outside of five yards. Go back and watch the replay. The contact is initiated by the defense, but Gronk is Gronk so he fights it off.

    He’s being nerfed by the league’s focus on OPI.

  13. all these cry babies wetting themselves about one game and they refuse to acknowledge that their “dynasty” was built n them getting bad galls in every game and the NFL literally smashing video tapes and purposely messing up deflategate

  14. New England Whiners
    Brady whines to the refs on every play, when the Pats get a rare holding call you’d think the ref said something about someone in Brady’s family with the way he goes on to the refs. On every incompletion someone must have been holding or interfering with his guy, Brady has become king of the whiners on the field.

  15. The Refs did not lose the game for the Patriots… The lack of tackling the running back on his way to the N zone during overtime caused them to loose that game. Every team gets two bad calls per game, Its the new norm in the NFL.

  16. Can’t imagine the backlash if those calls had gone the other way. That ticky-tack defensive holding should never be called with the game being decided on it. Really weak call. Imagine that in a SB!

    But it is what it is. I prefer the Pats having the pressure of the undefeated season gone, and hopefully, the key players are back for the playoffs. I like their chances to repeat. Defense will be in top form.

  17. I’ll give more credence to the idea that the Patriots are being treated unfairly if they somehow are beaten by the Eagles on a series of one sided calls. Somehow I think it is much ado about nothing.

  18. Phantom pass interference calls on Gronk (offensive) and Chung (defensive) really took away positive plays that the Pats actually made which eventually proved too much to overcome, and really determined who won the game and who lost the game.

    Even though the Pats were clearly jobbed (which is exactly what Goodell wants), can’t worry about it now. Score one for “No Integrity” Roger. The Pats are on to Philadelphia. No worries. N.E. will get the last laugh in the end.

  19. This the proof that the officials are out to get us. Denver cheated when Elway was playing and they loaned money to their owner. Also the offensive line and probably Shannon Sharpe put Vaseline on their arms.

    They continue to be the most cheatingest team in the NFL, they filmed other teams signals too, and everyone forgets that part. Yet thanks to Goodell smearing us, we get the rap.

    Now all the bad officiating is meant to prove Tom Brady is too old, and has a noodle arm and can’t hit his receivers anymore. If you don’t have receivers that catch and the officials lets you keep getting hit of course you look like you’re 38, and we know TB doesn’t scramble.

    For the integrity of the game the officials should be investigated.

  20. people dont like when pats fans complain about the refs from two days ago, but in the same breath mention the tuck rule game which took place around 4745 days ago.

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    LOL. Priceless. Post of the Day.

  21. .
    By turning bad officiating into a contest between two teams or two coaches, the poster is carrying water ( ESPN style) for the league.

    The officiating issue isn’t about the Patriots or Broncos. That game is over….. history. However, the same chaotic, inconsistent crews will be back on the field Sunday.

    Integrity of the game begins with fair and consistent officiating for all teams in all contests. The NFL has unlimited funds to defend Ted Wells, but not a dime to improve league wide officiating.
    .

  22. bchap17 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:42 PM
    It’s not like Gronkowski is known for pushing off or anything…
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    McDaniels says Gronkowski rarely, if ever, extends his arms to push off. It must be true.

  23. Here’s the interesting part,

    Most Hateroids have been spouting for years that the refs are in Krafts pocket, brady gets all the calls, blah, blah blah.

    So one the one hand, they believe that refs are fixing games. On the other hand, the instant a Pats fan raises a question they change their tune.

    That’s integrity baybeee.

  24. Goodell proves himself to be a joke yet another time. Here’s a novel idea: if an officiating crew can’t do their jobs properly, how about firing them? Better yet, why not make the refs full time employees so that these stupid situations don’t come up in the first place?

  25. bosskingnation says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:36 PM
    Team loses one game and a bunch of whining babies. I guess that’s what cheaters do. They were the beneficiaries of the worst call of all time – the Tuck rule.

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    Maybe the worst rule of all time, but the call was correct. Don’t forget it was reversed after the replay.

  26. Maybe a few *Pats fans should come down to the field and join the huddle with the refs and *Pats players whenever there’s a penalty. Its baffling watching the refs huddle to talk about a call with *marsha and her teammates right there every time.

  27. Bad officiating is bad officiating. I’ll complain about it when the Pats win. Just because your team loses why do you give up your right to complain about bad calls? Pats beat the Bills, the refs screwed the Bills on the last play.

  28. Gronkowski blatantly pushes off half the time he goes out for a route. That he has only been called for it five times is galling. Even more galling are those actually trying to argue some sort of conspiracy against him.

  29. Offenses average about 3.5 holding penalties per game. Offenses that play the Broncos, going into last week, were averaging 0.5 holdings per game. I think the Broncos have as much or more to complain about on the year than the Pats. You can’t tell me that the team with the best pas rush in the league is only getting held 0.5 times per game. Also, the Bears had 0 penalties against the Broncos, and I believe 12 against the Packers. Plus, the Broncos still had more penalty yards during the last game than the Pats. Which team has really been getting the shaft this year. Come on Pats. Quit crying about it and play. Th nation has not heard anything from the Broncos themselves about the imbalance of penalties. The local media has brought it up, but not the players or coaches.

  30. So when can you complain about bad calls by officials. If you do it when your team loses, you’re a sore loser. If you do it when your team wins, then it’s “get over it, your team won” This is why nothing gets fixed.

  31. Outside of the last game, every questionable officiating decision related to a Pats game that I have obvserved has gone in favor of the Pats. Very strange that this blog would suggest Pats fans think they are getting jobbed when fans of teams that the Pats have played against know their teams have been on the raw side of officiating disputes.

  32. Smart move, if your going to hide some refs the best place to hide them is the biggest mismatch on the schedule. That game won’t be close after the kickoff….in the Refs defense, the game is very difficult to officiate, its fast and has so many rules and responsibilities to look for….there must be 10-15 different responsibilities pre snap then once the play begins you have a million rules to consider and they must make quick decisions, with the advancement of technology there must be a way to assist them, starting by making them full time yr round officials would help….

  33. Is it weird that I’m a Patriots fan and I find this kinda funny? I know it wasn’t Goodell’s decision because he definitely doesn’t have that good a sense of humor

  34. bosskingnation says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:36 PM
    Team loses one game and a bunch of whining babies. I guess that’s what cheaters do. They were the beneficiaries of the worst call of all time – the Tuck rule.
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    That’s right, winners don’t accept losing. And when it happens as infrequently as it does to the Patriots there is a bogus reason why. In this case a multitude of crappy calls and an avalanche of key injuries. Patriots won’t be complaining in January if the salary cheating Broncos manage to make it that far.

  35. sneaky move by Goodnell… He sends the f-troop crew to call the pats game and then when they job (as per league office orders) the Pats with another slew of bogus/phantom calls, everyone will say… well, what do you expect? they are obviously an inept crew, that’s why they got removed from the sunday night game…

  36. The OPI called on Vance McDonald was maybe the worst call I’ve seen in my life. I’m not sure how a ref makes that call and keeps his job. Perhaps not as egregious as Tim Donaghy against Sacramento but close.

  37. So let me get this straight…

    The NFL acknowledges this guy and his crew are so incompetent that they decided to take them off the Sunday night game. But rather than keeping them off the sidelines entirely, they just move them to a game where their incompetence will less visible?

    What a bunch of bull. This just goes to show the NFL is all about covering its own butt rather than fixing their problems. Whether it be fixing the problems with their rules, their incompetent referees, domestic violence, or concussions, they never do anything to actually “fix” things, just make them less noticeable.

  38. Pats have been getting favorable calls all season!! Welcome to the other side of that like the rest of us! Stop all your whining and just play the game. Nothing but a bunch of spoiled brats….

    As for Brady and his “i’ve never been so visibly pissed off” nonsense… He is the worst little whiney b’tch ever to have played the position!! After every play the close ups of his contorted face spitting his vitriole at the refs or his own team is very entertaining. Whats most entertaining is the facade that he and his team actually seem to believe about themselves…. #transparent!!!

  39. Enough about the refs. I am as big a Pats fan as anybody on this board. Yes, the officials made several bad calls. That happens every week in the NFL. You lose a few to poor officiating and you win a few with the referee error as well. That isn’t going to change any time soon and no franchise is immune to it. If the refs really wanted to screw us they could have done it in other less blatant ways earlier in the season. Lets just play ball. There are still plenty of ways for the patriots to focus on getting better as they make another run for the Super Bowl.

  40. even if you are a “Patriot hater” look at this from a neutral perspective: Several times during Sundays game on critical plays the Patriots were penalized, and if you look at them closely, there was no penalty. Denver ran into patriots punters leg, no penalty? Long 3rd down pass, called back for holding. gronkowski penalized twice for OPI? Neither were penalties, how is he suppose to fend off a defensive back who is checking him? Fourth quarter critical sack of Denver QB, Cheng called for defensive back holding? The picture on the front of sports illustrated of Denver holding a patriots defensive lineman. And now the reassignment of the same crew to the Patriots game on Sunday?

    who reassigned them, and why? The last thing Goodell wants is the Patriots in the Super Bowl, he can’t get Brady removed so he is having the officials now intervene. If you are a football fan it’s time for all of us to take a stand as one regardless of what team we support and kick Goodell to the curb before he totally reins NFL football

  41. The officiating is a sham. We all as football fans have been robbed of the integrity of the game. Thank you Rodger Goodell and the the team owners (who have the power to hire and/or fire Goodell)

    …..So much for “the integrity of the game”

  42. tom brady is the biggest whiny b*tch in sports history. It’s pathetic. Grow a set. Brady’s behavior is so rediculous & classless he should be flagged 15 yards for it. The refs are probably tired of this circus clown’s act.

  43. Enough about the refs, Patriot fans. Here’s another conspiracy theory nobody seems to be trolling about:

    What a coincidence that New England had one less day to prepare for Denver, travel to Denver, and acclimate. The NE defense looked gassed at the end of the game while the better acclimated Bronco players seemed to have a second wind. You think Goodell had something to do with that scheduling quirk?

  44. I vaguely remember a ref once saying something to the effect that if the officials were a topic of post game conversation, then they had failed at their jobs. Don’t remember who he was, but he should have Blandino’s job.

  45. The regional SI cover with Osweiler in the foreground and a Bronco lineman with a Bruno Sammartino strangle hold around Easley’s neck is now a classic.

    I guess it’s not only my eyes, but quite a few others, that saw some “unbalanced” officiating in the Broncos v. Patriots game.

    Hey Goodell, how are those psi tests coming?

  46. Pete Morelli IS A TERRIBLE REF… he is also the only ref that I have ever seen actually cheat to try and change the outcome of a game (2005 playoffs Steelers VS. Colts Polamalu interception that he wiped away with NO GOOD EXCUSE!)

  47. I challenge anybody to rewatch Pats – Broncos to count the sheer volume of plays where Von Miller is blatantly held. Unless you’re a total Pats homer, you’ll wonder why it’s the Pats that are crying.

    It gets more and more shameless in Boston with each passing year.

  48. This is absolutely happening and it’s the one thing the pats can’t control. The media will continue to act like it isn’t becuase they won 10 games in a row but they lost the first one when the refs decided to call it like it was this past game. The NFL waited b/c they couldn’t pull it off by doing it every game b/c it would look to obvious. Well done NFL, now where in the world are the psi testing numbers from the cold weather games this year? Also, where is Roger? Seriously.

  49. Sweet…if you’re a Pats fan, you’re about to be treated to the third straight game where the outcome hinges on the refs.

  50. Compare the SI cover, the Talib hold in OT, the Broncos lineman grabbing the Pats linesman’s face mask, all not called, to the Chung hold wiping out the Osweiler sack and giving the Broncos a 1st and goal inside the 3, the Gronk OPI wiping out a key late 4th quarter 1st down, and the Vollmer (?) hold that wiped out not only a 4th quarter 1st down but a 50+ yard pass to LaFell. The NFL should be embarrassed but then I remember it is an organization that pretends Jerry Jones is a GM and that Roger is a fair arbiter.

  51. redrew says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:43 PM

    To any Pats fan relating this article to Goodell ‘admitting’ there was no evidence of defaltegate- u have ZERO clue to what your talking about. The Judge was not deciding if tom was guilty or not, he simply looked at how the NFL got the evidence and the steps they took. Tom can be 100% guilty- thats not what the judge cared about (hence not putting JJ or JM on the stand- the 2nd and 3rd most important ppl in the entire case).

  52. Is this the crew that took ten minutes to figure out what down it was, or was that another incompetent crew?

  53. Just stop it, Pats conspiracy theorists. Try being a fan of a 2-win team that has been subject to horrible officiating all year long (including being assigned demoted crews) and NOBODY CARES because the games are never nationally televised and barely even get highlights run after the fact.

    At least when bad calls happen to the Pats, attention gets drawn to them. Scrutiny is a GOOD thing if you’re trying to keep the refs accountable the next game. I wish there was more accountability for the crews working the lower-tier games.

  54. Wow. I find the amount of blind, unsubstantiated, spelling-mistake-infected frothing-at-the-mouth venom directed at the Patriots, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and others by some of the posters on this fine football web site very alarming.

    It’s one thing to avidly support (or not) a team. But when it gets to this crazy/fanatical level, maybe it’s time for those posters to take a deep breath and re-evaluate your priorities in life. Smh.

  55. Would someone in the media please get the cohones to ask Blandino if Gronk’s name was specifically raised in connection with OPI point of emphasis to officials. I don’t care if he lies; I just want him to be asked.

  56. I know the Pats are short on receivers but having Gronk run those short outs is just asking for an OPI penalty. He isn’t Welker/Amendola/Edleman. Get him open in space where he’s unstoppable.

    Happy to hear his injury isn’t serious!

  57. sam1423 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:15 PM

    All the calls were questionable- not phantom. Could they have gone pats way? yea maybe. But it happens. Last week against the Bills the game ended on what the NFL completely admitted was a mistake in the Patriots FAVOR. There is no conspiracy against the Pats, just LAST WEEK the wrong call was made in the patriots favor. Stop complaining. Gronk does push off, they can call that all day if they want or never (its usually never). They called rex on sideline interference- watch any game on earth and u’ll see coaches and players on the white line and even ON the field- but its never called. Ofcourse it was called agianst buffalo while playing the pats tho. Stop complaining.

  58. footballfanatic says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:35 PM
    redrew says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:43 PM

    To any Pats fan relating this article to Goodell ‘admitting’ there was no evidence of defaltegate- u have ZERO clue to what your talking about. The Judge was not deciding if tom was guilty or not, he simply looked at how the NFL got the evidence and the steps they took. Tom can be 100% guilty- thats not what the judge cared about (hence not putting JJ or JM on the stand- the 2nd and 3rd most important ppl in the entire case).

    ————————————————-
    Yeah, I guess that part when the Judge asked a direct question about what the NFL had for evidence, and they said none, doesn’t count.

  59. “Tom can be 100% guilty- thats not what the judge cared about”

    Oh…he CAN STILL BE GUILTY? When does that happen? When the league throws all the conclusive evidence they’ve been hiding together?

    And you’re forgetting that “JJ and JM” were reinstated by the league before Week 2…because the league had no legal basis to keep the two guys suspended — and had the very real threat of a defamation lawsuit staring them in the face.

  60. All of this foolishness (witch hunts, junk science, fines, idiotic tweets, juvenile ESPN hijinks’, bad calls, bad refs reassigned, etc is going to make the Pats Super Bowl victory this year that much sweeter. They never get old…..

  61. Sanchez doesn’t have to worry about another buttfumble. This crew would probably blow the play dead, award the ball to the Eagles, and tack on 15 for intent to deflate.

  62. Notice how Roger Gooddell is the bumbling clown when he’s punishing anything related to the Patriots but as soon as the Patriots lose now Gooddell is an evil mastermind pulling the strings to get back at the patriots.

    Patriots fans which is it?

    Worst NFL fan base by a mile.

  63. That’s the thing with these NE fans. They think that because that back-pocket judge ruled the suspension was doled out in unjust fashion that it means Brady was exonerated. They’re out here beating their chests as if he still won’t found to be guilty.

  64. wensink18 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:46 PM
    All of this foolishness (witch hunts, junk science, fines, idiotic tweets, juvenile ESPN hijinks’, bad calls, bad refs reassigned, etc is going to make the Pats Super Bowl victory this year that much sweeter. They never get old…..
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    That is, if they don’t end up playing and losing on Wild Card weekend. And then… well, you can beat your chest about making it that far.

  65. I challenge anybody to rewatch Pats – Broncos to count the sheer volume of plays where Von Miller is blatantly held. Unless you’re a total Pats homer, you’ll wonder why it’s the Pats that are crying.
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    Welcome to line play in the NFL. You could do the same to Nink, Chandler, or any other edge rusher.

    Do you want to know what play he wasn’t held on? He wasn’t held on the third and 5 or so that went for 50. Tre Jackson was inside Miller’s frame on the game, kept him off balance and before he was shoved to the ground, Miller threw his hands into the air and sold the flag.

  66. At least when bad calls happen to the Pats, attention gets drawn to them. Scrutiny is a GOOD thing if you’re trying to keep the refs accountable the next game. I wish there was more accountability for the crews working the lower-tier games.
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    We all wish that, but why in your previous paragraph to you tell “Pats conspiracy theorists” to stop? If you want to draw attention to the lousy state of NFL officiating, you should be complaining along side them?

    It’s almost like you can’t admit that the jobbing that happens to your lousy team also happens to a good team that you hate.

  67. Leave it to the most pathetic fanbase in North America to cry woe is me and play the victim.

    Goodell let your franchise off extremely lightly after spygate, his officials have helped you out for 15 years by looking the other way and picking up flags that they initially dared call on your team.

    Two LEGIT calls on Sunday night, one the previous week that STILL helped them (Amendola was not going to score, no matter how often you repeat to yourselves that you think he would have) and they still gave NE 15 yards to help that drive.

    Refs take away a TD and an INT from the Giants the week prior to BUF, and all you hear is NE fans saying “stop crying about the refs.”

    It’s all good when they help you more than all other 31 teams combined, but the one time they get calls right against NE. Not bad calls, but the RIGHT calls, and you want a congressional hearing and a UN summit?

    That’s rich.

  68. I’m as diehard Pats fan as it gets. Did the refs blow about 3 calls? Yes they did.

    It is all over the league – not just this game. Even Jaworski, on ESPN, has said it has gotten to the point officiating is determining NFL games.

    Just bad officiating everywhere. The pats have also benefitted from bad officiating this season as well.

  69. Football fanatic: guess you didn’t read Judge Berman’s 40 page decision. In it on page 7 he quotes in bold type from the Well’s/pash report ” the uncertainty any tampering occurred” . I will repeat it the UNCERTAINTY any tampering occurred.
    Did you miss the NFL telling Judge Berman they had NO EVIDENCE ?

  70. They called rex on sideline interference- watch any game on earth and u’ll see coaches and players on the white line and even ON the field- but its never called.
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    You can see the difference between the type of play you’re talking about and what Rex did, right?

    Rex wasn’t just on the white. He was on the white, in front of the Line Judge and startled him into blowing the whistle inadvertently. If you’re up in the official’s business so much that you run into him, obstruct his view, or cause him to blow the whistle, you’re going to get flagged.

  71. Two LEGIT calls on Sunday night, one the previous week that STILL helped them (Amendola was not going to score, no matter how often you repeat to yourselves that you think he would have) and they still gave NE 15 yards to help that drive.
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    That drive didn’t gain another yard and ended in a missed field goal that gave BUF a short field for their only TD. It didn’t help NE in either the long or short term. Stop acting like it’s some manna from heaven. It never would have occurred if that buffoon of a HC hadn’t jumped in front of the LJ.

  72. footballfanatic says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:35 PM

    To any Pats fan relating this article to Goodell ‘admitting’ there was no evidence of defaltegate- u have ZERO clue to what your talking about. The Judge was not deciding if tom was guilty or not, he simply looked at how the NFL got the evidence and the steps they took. Tom can be 100% guilty- thats not what the judge cared about (hence not putting JJ or JM on the stand- the 2nd and 3rd most important ppl in the entire case).
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    You are technically correct. He never ruled on if Brady was guilty or not. He decided the process used to determine Brady guilty was flawed making it impossible to determine guilt in general.

    IMO, the NFL is extremely lucky Berman didn’t decide based on the facts.

  73. Football fanatic: you are wrong again! The NFL sent a memo out in 2010 stating no one but the refs are allowed in the white border. The coaches & players are NEVER seen in that area! It’s against the rules!!!

  74. Just bad officiating everywhere. The pats have also benefitted from bad officiating this season as well.
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    Other than robbing Buffalo of a chance at a Hail Mary from 40+ with visibly-pained Tyrod Taylor, when?

    You know that Hail Marys usually fail, right?

  75. chargerdillon says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:49 PM
    Notice how Roger Gooddell is the bumbling clown when he’s punishing anything related to the Patriots but as soon as the Patriots lose now Gooddell is an evil mastermind pulling the strings to get back at the patriots.

    Patriots fans which is it?

    Worst NFL fan base by a mile.
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    What’s ambiguous about Goodell being a bumbling buffoon in both scenarios? Goodell being a moron has little or nothing to do with the Patriots winning or losing.

  76. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:50 PM
    That’s the thing with these NE fans. They think that because that back-pocket judge ruled the suspension was doled out in unjust fashion that it means Brady was exonerated. They’re out here beating their chests as if he still won’t found to be guilty
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    Insert setup for major disappointment here … X

  77. Tom can be 100% guilty- thats not what the judge cared about (hence not putting JJ or JM on the stand- the 2nd and 3rd most important ppl in the entire case).
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    Nobody was put on the stand in court, because the parties agreed that the record as it stood after the appeal hearing was sufficient. Guess who wasn’t called in the appeal hearing? Your second and third most important people. Do you think it’s possible that no one actually considered what those guys had to say important?

  78. Any other QB in the league would’ve been given multiple personal foul penalties for how much Brady was yelling at the refs during the Denver game. You can not like the calls all you want but the fact that 15 more wasn’t assessed 5 times is just being blinded by fandom.

  79. Patriots fans which is it?
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    Evil and dumb. Even a blind squirrel will find a nut, and Roger has far more tools at his disposal than a blind squirrel.

  80. basedrum777 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 5:14 PM
    Any other QB in the league would’ve been given multiple personal foul penalties for how much Brady was yelling at the refs during the Denver game. You can not like the calls all you want but the fact that 15 more wasn’t assessed 5 times is just being blinded by fandom.
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    tweet – 15 yard penalty for being right (5 times)

  81. No team in sports at any level h gotten more calls than the Patriots. How delicious to see them whimper. You’re just getting what you gave. Hurts, huh? Kiss this, ladymen!!!

  82. Sanchez doesn’t have to worry about another buttfumble. This crew would probably blow the play dead, award the ball to the Eagles, and tack on 15 for intent to deflate.

    Cue the wawawawawa Pat’s cry babies. Most pathetic fan base in sports

  83. The officials are calling the game to influence money. It is not necessarily for or against any specific team. The calls are based on the circumstances in the game and on the current/projected standings. A close game keeps people watching as many would move on to other things during a blowout. A close playoff race makes for more viewers in the latter part of the season. It is a sham and I believe it is being directed from the league office. There is no other viable explanation for Blandino and company to make and defend opposite calls on plays with identical circumstances. Officiating has been pretty bad over the last few years but the replay process has become exponentially bad since NY is involved. Whatever happened to the part about conclusive/indisputable video evidence being required to reverse a call? Listen to the guys on the networks confidently make a call during the review and then somehow confidently defend the opposite call when it is finalized. These are guys that have been supposedly trained the same way. The interpretation of the rules should be the same. The only question is whether or not the play fits into the interpretation. That is completely by design. There is no way that long time fans should not know what a catch looks like anymore and experienced referees disagree completely after watching the exact same thing. It is absurd. On replay, if an argument can be made for how it was ruled then it should stand EVERY time. Change it only when it is obvious an error was made. Train the officials the same way and hold them accountable. Moving crews to different games does not equal holding them responsible for poor performance. Fire Blandino immediately.

  84. footballfanatic says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:35 PM

    To any Pats fan relating this article to Goodell ‘admitting’ there was no evidence of defaltegate- u have ZERO clue to what your talking about. The Judge was not deciding if tom was guilty or not, he simply looked at how the NFL got the evidence and the steps they took. Tom can be 100% guilty- thats not what the judge cared about (hence not putting JJ or JM on the stand- the 2nd and 3rd most important ppl in the entire case).
    +++++++++++++++++
    No Bleep Sherlock! But the Judge also said that he didn’t see any evidence that TB deflated any footballs and wanted to know where the “gate” was. Why do you think Goodell, as opposed to previous cases, heard TB’s appeal? Because anyone with half a brain could see the Wells and Exponent had no evidence. The Wells in his report said as much.

  85. I’ll always remember the Pats a yard short in Buffalo under two minutes and the ref heard on open mike saying “Just give it to them”. Cost the Bills the win. By publicly saying this its a blatant attempt to intimidate the officials.

  86. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says:
    Dec 1, 2015 5:34 PM
    I think the logic here is “even THESE garbage refs can’t possibly screw this up enough for the Eagles to beat the Pats”.

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    It’s probably, if they’re going to screw up they rather it be at the Patriots expense.

    -Steelers fan

  87. To the point that it’s questionable whether the fans of a 10 win team should be complaining, fans are fans — often unreasonable. And Florio’s “plenty of Patriots fans” reference lacks any offer of evidence. It’s just a log thrown into the fire.

    To the point of whether Gronkowski is being held to a higher standard, it’s likely that he is, but not because he’s a Patriot. Most of the guys who cover him, even linebackers, are smaller than him. If a giant like Gronkowski gets tangled up with a smaller defensive player, the likely effect on the other player will be greater than the likely effect on Gronkowsi. It’s human nature to not view it as a 50/50 situation or that Gronkowski himself is the victim of a foul.

  88. It’s pretty clear many posters who are commenting on Tom’s court case have not read the 40 page decision.The fact that Judge Berman made a point to put in the decision the ” uncertainty” any tampering occurred quoted from the Well’s/ Pash report is very telling! He did not have to include that information , yet he did in BOLD type.
    The fact that the NFL admitted in federal court that they had no evidence is a huge point many posters are IGNORING .
    0.2 PSI is the issue!!

  89. It could be (strike that) should be a lot worse. It is more toward what most other teams have to go threw.

  90. To all fans out there, whether a Pats fans or not which I am, it should concern you that the NFL needs to reassign an officiating crew from a prime time nationally broadcast game to a regional broadcast b/c they suck!

    The back Judge in the Pats/Broncos game was reassigned from officiating the Pats/Colts game on Sunday 10/18 b/c of the mistake the previous week in the Seahawks/Lions game.

    The league has a big problem when they need to remove a bad official from a primetime broadcast b/c he might screw up and embarrass the NFL further than they already have been.

    The NBA of the 80’s early 90’s had much better ratings than the late 90’s early 2000’s. One reason was b/c the officials treated players differently. Shaq was often treated as if he couldn’t be fouled.

    Thats when I stopped watching and haven’t gone back. College BBall is much better anyways.

    Instead of the NFL focusing on international games to reap more profits from suckers in Europe and Mexico should instead be focused on the officiating of it’s games first. HERE in the US where iit’s number 1 consumer is and will aways be! Then go look to expand overseas or down south. Which I don’t think neither will happen anyways.

  91. Not a Patriots fan, and can’t really comment on their entire season since I’ve only watched a couple of their games… but I can see why they would be miffed about the officiating on Sunday. Absolutely everything was being called against them, and some marginal calls really hurt them in the second half while some pretty obvious penalties committed by Denver weren’t called.

    Doesn’t mean its a conspiracy or anything… sometimes the calls just happen to go against you in any given game. Its understandable though that they would be pretty pissed about it, and getting a second rate officiating staff the next week doesn’t help.

  92. Typical NFL. there is plenty of games where there is no playoff implications that they can reasign these refs. That was intentional and everyone knows it.

  93. Pats had fewer penalties and fewer penalty yards.

    But that’s not enough.

    They should be allowed to cheat and to get breaks.

    Brady said so.

    Whaaaaaaaaa

    Whiniest fan group alive.

  94. You may hate the Pats but is there anyone that doesn’t think the refs have been beyond awful this season ? Probably the worst ever ?

    Hate the Pats that’s fine, but if you don’t want the ref problems fixed there’s something wrong with you.

    These guys should have been suspended for one game, not just “reassigned” where Goodell could make sure they blow numerous calls.

    Most Pats fans realize that game was lost Sunday because of a muffed punt, not because of the refs.

    Buts it also true that there were numerous bad calls against the Pats while ignoring many infractions by the Donks. And before you go happy dancing that the Pats got screwed consider this –

    How long will it be till Goodell decides he doesn’t like your franchise and you get hosed ? Because its clear zero integrity Goodell targets any franchise he wants to without evidence.

    The Saints, Washington, Dallas, Miami, now the Pats. That’s 5 out of 32, already 15% of the league he’s lied and falsified “scandals” against.

    How long till its your team ?

    Goodell is vile

    Goodell must go

  95. firecracker87 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 5:35 PM

    Why do they act like this is rocket science? Make everything reviewable; problem solved.
    ——————–

    To the NFL league office, it is rocket science.

    You have to remember, a year ago, those bozos didn’t even know that temperature affected the air pressure inside of a football.

  96. higheriqthanyou says:
    Dec 1, 2015 5:49 PM

    Pats had fewer penalties and fewer penalty yards.

    But that’s not enough.

    They should be allowed to cheat and to get breaks.

    Brady said so.

    Whaaaaaaaaa

    Whiniest fan group alive.
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    Why are the bozos that always complain about whining such whiners themselves?

  97. I watched Kamar Aiken of the Ravens blatantly push off with both arms extended for an out-pattern catch near the Browns 5-yard line. No flag. Now:

    We need refugee and referee tracking systems with a vetting process. What? No replacement refs available?

    Replacement refs absolutely got the Golden Tate catch against the Packers correct. Bad refs! Can’t tilt the NFLs way.

    Either: 1) NFL believes even the crap crews can’t screw up a NE/Eagles game, or 2) NFL has a secret random re-assign process that, against 14:1 odds, gets the crap crew assigned to NE/Eagles.

    Roger has a sham referee situation.

  98. Oh please. Von Miller gets held on almost every play and it took him being literally pulled away from Bradys face to get a call on that long pass. The week before was the same and the entire Bears team was called for zero penalties. Denver won both games.

    Nobody has it better than anybody else. The refs are really poor this year. Man up.

  99. stakex says:
    Dec 1, 2015 5:45 PM
    Not a Patriots fan, and can’t really comment on their entire season since I’ve only watched a couple of their games… but I can see why they would be miffed about the officiating on Sunday. Absolutely everything was being called against them, and some marginal calls really hurt them in the second half while some pretty obvious penalties committed by Denver weren’t called.
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    Not exactly. Broncos had one more penalty than the Pats with penalty yard being about the same.

  100. orrnumberfour says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:55 PM
    Phantom pass interference calls on Gronk (offensive) and Chung (defensive) really took away positive plays that the Pats actually made which eventually proved too much to overcome, and really determined who won the game and who lost the game.
    ________________

    I am a hardcore Pats fan going back to games at Fenway as a kid. Yes those calls were ridiculous, there are ridiculously bad calls every week in every game. The Pats are usually in a position to have them be nothing more than speed bumps, injuries had things closer in this one. Those penalties became critical to the outcome but make no mistake the muffed punt determined the outcome of that game. Without it those calls would have simply been added to the list of things they had overcome to win.

  101. All refs have been fully briefed on the “Tammy Code Red Package” which means Brady can say anything he wants, can shove officials with an open hand, will always have a flag thrown when requested, and will be helped up off the turf at all times by the officials.

  102. In the end,

    The NFL is going to stick it to the Patriots and knock them out of the playoffs with some rigged refs.

    You don’t beat 31 other owners. The did it to Al Davis and the Raiders for years. And now Kraft and his Patriots are going to be the new target of the NFL. And rightly so. They cheated repeatedly and now will be hit with horrible referring in the playoffs and then eliminated.

    Do you actually think you beat the NFL Patriots? Please. One Billionair can’t beat 31 other Billionaires.

    Remember, you heard it hear first. You will be knocked out of the playoffs; And not even make it to the Super Bowl; You have been warned.

  103. You NE haters still sound ignorant and it only shows that you hate the fact NE wins even when you think they shouldn’t. Look what it took for NE to finally lose a game, can your team say that??? It’s not about the fact they lost, it’s about the fact they lost because of the blatant actions by the refs to screw NE in the game. You haters know NE got screwed so stop trying to justify it just cuz you are happy like a child bully smh. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong and the way the league is treating NE just because these other owners don’t have a innovative coach like belichick and can’t keep up smh. It’s clear (when healthy) NE is dimensions ahead of every other team in the league and people don’t like the idea that no matter how good you think your team is they will always fall to NE and their overall better coaching. #RespectTommyTitle

  104. All officials have been fully briefed on the “Tammy Code Red Package” which means Brady can say anything he wants, shove officials with an open hand, always have a flag thrown against the other team, and always be helped up from the turf by the nearest ref. Additionally, the refs must address him as “Sir” at all times.

  105. Going from Hardball Talk to Football Talk here is like going from college to kindergarten. We all have our favorite team, but most football fans here are so childishly biased they rarely show any respect towards any other team or their players, to the extent you can’t even carry on an intelligent debate. They sound like a bunch of school children arguing at recess, complete with name-calling and filled with not-so-clever name mocking. GROW UP, people!

    PS- I’ve tried not using any “big words” you wouldn’t understand.
    My apologies to any mature readers out there.

  106. Officiating has been so bad all year. NE was on the bad end of basically every poor call or non-call on Sunday night. If the NFL is still pissed about being embarrassed with Deflagate then that’s just sad. The Patriots still killed the Colts in the second half of that game even with the proper balls. Get over it.

  107. footballfanatic says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:35 PM

    To any Pats fan relating this article to Goodell ‘admitting’ there was no evidence of defaltegate- u have ZERO clue to what your talking about. The Judge was not deciding if tom was guilty or not, he simply looked at how the NFL got the evidence and the steps they took. Tom can be 100% guilty- thats not what the judge cared about (hence not putting JJ or JM on the stand- the 2nd and 3rd most important ppl in the entire case).
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    You’re crazy. Whether or not Tom Brady was guilty is the central issue in the whole *Framegate fiasco. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that a Federal judge who is deciding on whether or not the punishment fit the crime, would want to first know if a crime was even committed. Since the NFL couldn’t offer up any credible evidence that Tom Brady was involved in anything, the judge had no choice but to vacate the suspension.

    The judge had no way to put JJ or JM on the stand, since he was only considering the information that was already entered as evidence.

    Boss Goodell was the only person that could have made those two give testimony, but he didn’t, because he already knew that they didn’t support his case.

  108. Oh, the irony. It’s “welcome to football” when bad calls go the Pats way, but a deep seated conspiracy when what goes around comes around.

    The refs had nothing to do with CJ Anderson hanging a YPC more worthy of an SEC mismatch on the Pats. The refs didn’t give up two chunk play bombs in crunch time as the Pats did. The refs had nothing to do with NE not being able to kinda run against a D that lost two very important run defenders in in the game’s second series. Finally, the refs contributed nada to NE not being able to protect Brady with the game on the line.

    …and by the way, had any other head coach perpetrated a pouty little debacle of a post-game presser like Belichick’s, he would have been fined by the big meany butt NFL before he made it to the bus. No team has been consistently afforded more slack than the Pats, which probably explains why no other team wins or loses with less dignity.

  109. All officials have been fully briefed on the “Tammy Code Red Package” which means Brady can say anything he wants, shove officials with an open hand, always have a flag thrown against the other team, and always be helped up from the turf by the nearest ref. Additionally, the refs must address him as “Sir” at all times.

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  110. catquick says:
    Dec 1, 2015 5:28 PM

    I’ll always remember the Pats a yard short in Buffalo under two minutes and the ref heard on open mike saying “Just give it to them”. Cost the Bills the win. By publicly saying this its a blatant attempt to intimidate the officials.
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    You and Trump have the same memory. If it fits your agenda then dammit it happened!! In todays world there’s video and audio of that which you speak. Find it and get back to us. In the meantime I’ll always remember the Pat’s beating the Bill’s 27 out of 30 in the last 15 years.

  111. Every team has fans that paid good money to see the games.

    If a referee or crew of referees isn’t high enough quality for one team, why should the be considered high enough quality for ANY team?

    Telling a fan base that their team does not rate quality refereeing is despicable.

  112. Oh please. Von Miller gets held on almost every play and it took him being literally pulled away from Bradys face to get a call on that long pass. The week before was the same and the entire Bears team was called for zero penalties. Denver won both games.
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    You mean when he was standing there with his arms in the air while Tre Jackson pancaked him with his hands inside the frame? That play. That was an E-T game that got stuffed and once he was in the phone booth he didn’t know what to do.

  113. Remember, you heard it hear first. You will be knocked out of the playoffs; And not even make it to the Super Bowl; You have been warned.
    ===
    Bold prediction there, chief.

  114. scrotiemcb says:
    Dec 1, 2015 6:41 PM
    Oh, the irony. It’s “welcome to football” when bad calls go the Pats way, but a deep seated conspiracy when what goes around comes around.

    The refs had nothing to do with CJ Anderson hanging a YPC more worthy of an SEC mismatch on the Pats. The refs didn’t give up two chunk play bombs in crunch time as the Pats did. The refs had nothing to do with NE not being able to kinda run against a D that lost two very important run defenders in in the game’s second series. Finally, the refs contributed nada to NE not being able to protect Brady with the game on the line.

    …and by the way, had any other head coach perpetrated a pouty little debacle of a post-game presser like Belichick’s, he would have been fined by the big meany butt NFL before he made it to the bus. No team has been consistently afforded more slack than the Pats, which probably explains why no other team wins or loses with less dignity.
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    I must have missed the Bruce Arians fine, or Jeff Fishers or any one of half a dozen coaches on any given Sunday. Grow up and get a clue.

  115. Maybe the worst rule of all time, but the call was correct. Don’t forget it was reversed after the replay.

    33 8

    Will any of the 8 people who thumbed this down please explain your reasoning why? It’s factual. I’ll check back.

  116. Anyone remember when the the 8-0 Pats went to Indy in 2007? Now THAT was a game where the league or the refs definitely tried to make the Pats lose. 10 penalties for 146 against the Pats but that was just a part of it. Early in the game a Colts WR caught a ball while straddling the sideline, his left foot was about 2′ out, not even close. And there was a ref on either side of him and they both called it a catch. The officiating in that game was so fishy even Goodell talked to the crew chief the next day. Just google Pats Colts 2007 officiating .
    Only bringing it up to show that it’s not so crazy to think maybe either the league or the refs do in fact try to stick it to certain teams. The Denver game wasn’t as blatant as that game in Indy but like the Colts in 2007, Denver was the team with the best chance to stop the Pats pursuit of perfection. And with some help they did. Pats could have played better no doubt but 1 team was repeatedly getting called for ticky tack stuff, the other getting away with blatant stuff. I dont think it was anything like most games where’s it just crappy officiating for both teams.
    And then even tho I hear evry day how the Pats always get the calls (tuck rule is the only one the haters can actually point too tho) we aren’t supposed to point out that that isnt the case at all? lol Everyone else can complain just not Pats fans?
    Good stuff

  117. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:50 PM
    That’s the thing with these NE fans. They think that because that back-pocket judge ruled the suspension was doled out in unjust fashion that it means Brady was exonerated. They’re out here beating their chests as if he still won’t found to be guilty.
    =================================
    Get down off that lofty pedestal Mr Wright before you fall and hurt yourself. That “back-pocket judge”? Really? Would you still think that if he ruled in Goodell’s favor? Of course you wouldn’t. Even though he was ruling on how the NFL doled out their suspension, his first line of questioning to the NFL was to see if there was any evidence of Brady’s involvement or knowledge of anyone’s involvement of in the tampering of the game’s footballs. The NFL answered NO. There was NONE.
    Why do you ignore that?

  118. scrotiemcb says:
    Dec 1, 2015 4:29 PM

    I challenge anybody to rewatch Pats – Broncos to count the sheer volume of plays where Von Miller is blatantly held. Unless you’re a total Pats homer, you’ll wonder why it’s the Pats that are crying.

    It gets more and more shameless in Boston with each passing year.
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    Would that be the same Von Miller who dove on top of Brady AFTER he got hit and was already on the ground? Talk about a cheap shot. I believe the Pats got 15 yards and an automatic first down. Now THAT was blatant. He’s one of the dirtiest players in the game. We’re not all crying here in Boston,but at least tell it like it was.

  119. You people bashing Pats for fans…..did you even watch the game Sunday night? Seriously, did you even watch it? It is not whining to say the refs put the screws to NE. Three or four game altering horrendous calls. The kind of calls that were so blatantly one-sided that even level-headed neutral fans are actually believing the league was trying to keep them from winning/going undefeated. That’s how incredibly bizarre those bad calls were.

  120. scrotiemcb says:
    Dec 1, 2015 6:41 PM

    …and by the way, had any other head coach perpetrated a pouty little debacle of a post-game presser like Belichick’s, he would have been fined by the big meany butt NFL before he made it to the bus. No team has been consistently afforded more slack than the Pats, which probably explains why no other team wins or loses with less dignity.
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    Lawl. New to Bill Belichick press conferences?

    The Patriots are one of the few teams that only blame themselves for a loss, and never cry and whine about other teams.

  121. Patriots fans are acting like they never benefited from bad calls, when will they stop crying? When they don’t win the SB this year, there will be tons of excuses.

  122. “You people bashing Pats for fans…..did you even watch the game Sunday night? Seriously, did you even watch it? It is not whining to say the refs put the screws to NE. Three or four game altering horrendous calls.”

    The gronk call was bad, though he gets away with many too. The chung call was good. Yes, they missed a call on the broncos. They missed some on the patriots. At the end broncos had about the same number and yardage for penalties. there is no conspiracy.

    Your sense of entitlement is why all fans hate you and your team.

  123. BTW if there was some conspiracy against the pats to prevent perfection they would not have overturned the odell beckham TD. it was a TD on the field. instead they allowed the pats to win with a FG.

  124. Just another brick in the wall showing how the NFL turns the cheek when it has to do with the Patriots.

  125. vancouversportsbro says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:56 PM
    Brock Osweiler > Brady

    Holding on the o line and pushing off defenders is the norm for the Patriots. Hope Morelli throws the book at them.

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    Have you seen the regional cover of Sports Illustrated feting Brock Ossomething? Who’s holding who?

    UPROXX has a good list of “questionable-calls-against-patriots”, with video. It’s hard to not see them as game changers.

  126. Pats fans need to get a grip. I’m a long time skins fan and let me tell you, wait until the pats are no longer considered a premier team then see how the officiating goes for your team. Just look at our last game. Jordan reed called for holding twice and OPI as well. Kerrigan in a choke hold all game. Try watching other games before saying refs are out to get you.

  127. In looking at the responses there’s maybe 2 Patriots fans who actually get it.

    The reality is, the refs have been like this FOR YEARS. But what 31 fan bases find offensive is the only time the Patriots want people to address them is when it effects you.

    The types of calls and miscalls you got last night have effected other teams in the win/loss column FOR YEARS, and there was no outcry of any problems from Patriots fans.

    Nobody is disagreeing with you that it is an entirely unjust system, you just seem to miss the humility to recognize you’re actually the last one to this dance.

  128. helmetcatch says:
    Dec 1, 2015 7:48 PM
    BTW if there was some conspiracy against the pats to prevent perfection they would not have overturned the odell beckham TD. it was a TD on the field. instead they allowed the pats to win with a FG.

    but being a “TD” it was going to be reviewed and it was pretty obvious it wasnt a TD. OPI and holding arent reviewable so it’s easier and less obvious to screw a team with those plays 😉
    Also, probably thought the Giants wouldnt need any help, they’d just get another miracle

  129. Every other week there’s an article about Morelli screwing something up. Seriously. Move him to replay guy or something. He’s had it. Full disclosure: He’s cost the Vikings about 10 games, including NFC championship.
    He sucks.

  130. helmetcatch says:
    Dec 1, 2015 7:45 PM

    ‘The gronk call was bad, though he gets away with many too. The chung call was good. Yes, they missed a call on the broncos. They missed some on the patriots. At the end broncos had about the same number and yardage for penalties. there is no conspiracy.

    Your sense of entitlement is why all fans hate you and your team.’

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    Um, the Chung call was even worse than the Gronk call. And what exactly are basing “Gronk gets away with many too” on?? Says who? That play was evidence of what gronk does and it’s been legal for 80 years. He’s a beast and dominates his position like nobody ever has and the NFL doesn’t like it.

    Funny how you assume I’m a Pats fan by the way.

  131. WOW. Hey Gronk…don’t want to get targeted for offensive PI, then STOP DOING IT!!!! You are one of the reasons they are watching it more closely. Next year they will start calling “PICK PLAYS” more closely.

  132. Pats fans need to get a grip. I’m a long time skins fan and let me tell you, wait until the pats are no longer considered a premier team then see how the officiating goes for your team. Just look at our last game. Jordan reed called for holding twice and OPI as well. Kerrigan in a choke hold all game. Try watching other games before saying refs are out to get you.
    ===
    Stop being tribal and stand with us, Redskin.

  133. Such an idiotic argument when Von Miller was being held all game. But those are your typical Boston fans.

    Lets look how unfair the refs have been to the Patriots: In the last 7 games Patriots have been penalized 43 times and their opponents have been penalized 45 times. Hmm…+2 and they’re complaining

    Now lets look at the Broncos last 7 games: Broncos have been penalized 52 times and their opponents have been penalized 34 times. A -18 difference yet Broncos didn’t blame the refs when they lost.

    There are the facts. There is no ref bias. Wipe your tears and move on with your lives.

  134. All refs have been fully briefed on the “Tammy Code Red Package” which means Brady can say anything he wants, can shove officials with an open hand, will always have a flag thrown when requested, and will be helped up off the turf at all times by the officials.
    _________________________________________
    I guess you missed that last game when every call in crucial moments went against the Patriots. How do you miss a running into the kicker call when that’s what everyone was staring at.

  135. Funny how the Pats and their fans are the only ones crying foul. Get over it. Every team gets bad calls on them. The Pats have been really good at not getting caught and now the jig is up and eyes are on them. Play by the rules. I’ve seen the Pats get away with more penalties than other other team for years now. And now that refs are watching them closer I guess their sky is falling.

    PS – Welcome to an un-perfect world

  136. To the Patriot haters:
    It must suck to have your teams sit home during the playoffs?
    And I am sure you think the officials this year have done a fantastic job, I’ll bet you whine and cry when your team get a bad call too.
    Keep hating and watching your teams fail year after year.
    Most teams fall apart with the amount of injuries the Patriots have had this year.
    This week against the Eagles Tom Brady will be the only starter from week #1
    How would your teams do?

  137. Do you whinney Pats fans check and adjust the pressure in your car tires several times a day? You should with your depth of knowledge regarding air pressure.

  138. “UPROXX has a good list of “questionable-calls-against-patriots”, with video. It’s hard to not see them as game changers.”

    I just watched it. The calls on the Patriots and the non-calls on the Broncos were worst than I originally thought in real time. Blatant penalties by the Broncos were ignored and bogus penalties were called against the Patriots at the most critical points. Watching it again you can see Bruton step into Gronk on the second OPI call ( it should have been a no call or a call on Bruton). Thomas put his hands on Chung first on the PI call on Chung, which Chung reacts to because Thomas’ initial contact makes them both slip a bit in the snow. The call on Jackson holding Miller that negated a 50+ yard passing play (that’s 60+ yards in real yardage lost) was a great block with Tre using Miller’s own momentum against him with a straight on block. Jackson was never beat on the play and Miller hits Brady in the head. I believed he (or another Bronco) dove on Brady’s head later in the game after a throw that was not called either.

    There is no way the officials did not at least sense that they were trying to keep the Broncos in the game and that the calls were having a huge impact on the game (they turned into game-changers). Interesting that the only major media source showing any of this was SI having a blatant hold of Easley in the background of the cover celebrating Osweileer (kind of ironic). Do we really need to get our sports analysis from sources like UPROXX?

  139. …..I find it amusing that people who complain about the Patriots getting favorable treatment from the refs often refer to the Tuck Rule. This was the rule at the time. It was called correctly. Hate the rule, but it was the rule, and it was applied correctly, as it had been applied correctly against the Patriots earlier that same season.

    Surely if you want to talk about how the Patriots get favorable calls, you can actually come up with some calls that are wrongly called by the officials. Be it some of the calls Brady has gotten over the years or arguing that the Giants catch in the end zone was a catch before the Patriot knocked it out of his hands, or something. But to complain about a call that was actually correct undermines your point.

  140. Funny how the Pats and their fans are the only ones crying foul. Get over it. Every team gets bad calls on them. The Pats have been really good at not getting caught and now the jig is up and eyes are on them. Play by the rules. I’ve seen the Pats get away with more penalties than other other team for years now. And now that refs are watching them closer I guess their sky is falling.

    PS – Welcome to an un-perfect world
    _____________________________

    The National media is crying foul as well, including ESPN.

    Making up stories to support your flimsy diatribe doesn’t help you. It should be a wake up call.

  141. I’ve read posts by so many knuckleheads that believe only NE fans complain about poor officiating. Obviously, most people realize that that is far from the truth. Every team complains and every fan of every team complains when their team loses. NE usually wins, so there’s usually not much to complain about. Even when NE gets jobbed, they usually win. In the Broncos game, poor officiating most likely cause NE to lose points. The fumble ultimately caused the loss, but maybe the game doesn’t go into overtime.

  142. ricko1112 says:
    Dec 2, 2015 10:14 AM
    I’ve read posts by so many knuckleheads that believe only NE fans complain about poor officiating. Obviously, most people realize that that is far from the truth. Every team complains and every fan of every team complains when their team loses….

    Well said, although I am not sure ever team publicly complains as Bruce Arians of the Cardinals did on Sunday when he complained, after his team actually won their game, that the officials cannot count (to be fair, the officials could not count).

    And, of course, McCarthy of the Packers was publicly complaining about OPI calls against his team after the Thanksgiving game.

    FWIW, I do not believe Belichick has ever made any public complaints about officials. Of course, at times his silent glare during press conferences speaks loudly.

    Those lies about the Pats and their fans are sad and pathetic yet they will continue and in some ways they are priceless.

  143. The league has been targeting the 49ers since 2013, calling phantom roughing penalties against the 38er D, and the same year they helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl by refusing to call defensive holding penalties. Not one defensive holding penalty was called in Super Bowl 48, resulting in a blowout. Since NFL games are close, it does not take much to help one of the teams win. A well-timed penalty or noncall is all that it takes sometimes.

  144. “I’ve read posts by so many knuckleheads that believe only NE fans complain about poor officiating. ”

    No, it’s because you morons are not complaining about poor officiating. You’re claiming (most of you) that there’s some conspiracy against you. When other teams get bad calls, it’s the officials. When your team does, goodell is out to get. Sure. Makes sense to let a team go 10-0, and then all of a sudden get the refs after them.

    Many of you have said the announcers thought all the calls were bad. Not true. Most of the calls they thought “could go either way”.

  145. Who knew you could change refs because the league is embarrassed by the quality of their work.

    Of course, instead of replacing the incompetent ones, you hide them from a nationally televised game, then foist them on a team most fans hate and will be glad if they blow calls. And regardless how bad those calls, if the Pats say anything they’re perceived as crybabies. Of course if it was the haters’ teams they’d be all over it, but Roger knows where he can lay incompetence and deceit and be congratulated for the outcome.

    Now that’s integrity. Right Roger?

  146. Sounds to me like Roger is just trying to give the marvelous, magical, mystical Chipster a built in excuse for the thumping his team will be getting. Call it, “job conservation” LOL And I somehow get the feeling that, IF he’s there at all, Malcolm Jenkins can look forward to being “called out” in front of the whole team afterwards!

  147. With “Sergeant Schultz” Goddell and “Bagdad Bob” Blandino making the decisions on officiating, should we expect anything else? Take the worst of the worst and assign them to the Patriots game. What could be more logical than that?

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