Phillip Dorsett: We had chance to score at the end despite bad calls and didn’t

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Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett was Tom Brady‘s target on a downfield shot with just over three minutes left to play in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, but he didn’t catch the pass while being covered by Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller.

Fuller made contact with Dorsett, but no flag was thrown and the Patriots couldn’t challenge the call because Bill Belichick went 1-1 on challenges in the third quarter of the game. The win got the Patriots the ball after officials wrongly blew the play dead after a Travis Kelce fumble and the lack of challenges loomed large as officials also blew a call on N'Keal Harry‘s bid for the end zone after a catch and run.

After the game, Belichick said the team has to “control what you can control” and many players offered similar variations on that while admitting to frustration about how things turned out in the 23-16 loss. Dorsett said he felt “99 percent confident” that he was interfered with on the play, but noted the team still had a chance to tie the game later in the drive.

“I mean that is the plan. The plan is always to try and score and at the end of the day we didn’t,” Dorsett said in comments distributed by the Patriots. “So that is why you can’t say it was the referees that blew the game because we still had a chance to score and we didn’t. So we have to play better.”

The Patriots will get a chance to play better against the Bengals next Sunday.

20 responses to “Phillip Dorsett: We had chance to score at the end despite bad calls and didn’t

  1. Obviously they’re losing up front in run and pass blocking.

    The other problem I see right now is with the OL struggling teams have figured out how to defend that PA crosser to Edelman. Chiefs were all over that all game,

    Going to be fun to see how they respond 🙂

  2. Bad calls and luck can cause a team to win or lose 2-3 games a year.
    So an 8-8 team can sometimes go 6-10 (or even 5-11) or 10-6 (or possibly 11-5).

    I don’t like todays officiating, they miss some big calls but sure do make A LOT of ticky tack calls.
    As Mike Peirara says the NFL is calling it too tight, too technical.
    Call the big penalties, not the ones where a hand brushed the QBs helmet.

  3. Dorsett is TERRIBLE. That guy couldn’t fight through a strong breeze to get to the ball and seems to forget the offense every other play.

  4. So old sour face Belicheat is saying he can’t control the refs? That’s a big shift!

  5. Was it the refs that caused them to run for less than 100 yds rushing against the 30th rushing defense in the NFL? Did Sony Michel even suit up?

    Their first TD was a gift from the refs on a bad call against KC that kept the drive alive.

  6. I don’t complain about officiating much, but the Pats clearly got shafted several times late in that game. Wretched calls. Still, if you don’t perform and it’s close you’re always vulnerable to taking an L with a bad call or two or an unlucky bounce.

    The issues for this team remain exactly the same as they were before the season started: the receivers and the OL.

  7. “Despite bad calls.”

    People seem to forget that the Pats 1st TD drive was basically 3 penalties, 2 of which were questionable, and 1 of which they got because Sanu politely asked the ref for a flag.

  8. idislikespeciousness says:

    On to Cincinnati….
    Good game Chiefs.
    Go Pats!

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    A rarity among Pats fans.
    No excuses and no spin jobs.

    Good for you, Bub, but aren’t you kinda lonely?

  9. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 9, 2019 at 8:22 am
    So old sour face Belicheat is saying he can’t control the refs? That’s a big shift!
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    I think you have taken over for the biggest troll on Pats articles. I wonder if we would even hear from you if your Ravens were not 11-2. Again, it is just nice to know you need the Pats in your daily life to get by.

  10. tj.52 says:
    December 9, 2019 at 8:05 am
    Dorsett is TERRIBLE. That guy couldn’t fight through a strong breeze to get to the ball and seems to forget the offense every other play.

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    Agreed. He’s a good guy, but isn’t doing crap.

    Why on earth is a 5’9″ guy out there in the redzone and our 1st rounder that’s 6’5″ riding the pine. Harry should have 2 TDs now. Feed the kid in the redzone!!!

  11. billsrthefuture says:
    December 9, 2019 at 9:07 am
    “Despite bad calls.”

    People seem to forget that the Pats 1st TD drive was basically 3 penalties, 2 of which were questionable, and 1 of which they got because Sanu politely asked the ref for a flag.

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    I don’t think mauling NE’s receivers as a defensive gameplan like Houston did off camera last week, which has actually been a plan of action by defenses in recent years, even back to 2017 when Trdevious Whit was mauling Gronk in Buffalo causing him to snap, is “questionable”.

    It just depends how bad it is. Dorsett and Sanu were mauled. Period. When you grab someone’s shoulder pad and impede them from going to get the ball, it’s clear PI. How on earth there was no call on the one in the 4th when the defender grabbed both arms and tackled him mid air, is beyond me. It’s beyond blatant, as the DB was clearly beaten badly and it’s all he had left. It worked, as it seems a little fishy to see defenses feel so comfortable to clutch, grab and maul like this over and over.

    It would actually explain this bizarre supposed mystery as to why “separation” is such an issue only for NE in an offensive league.Funny, we never heard about this issue for Sanu in Atlanta.

    Hm…..

  12. RoguePatriots Fan12 says:

    December 9, 2019 at 9:54 am

    2 touchdowns taken away? Really? ok.. Pats should have had that win.
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    Yes, the first TD was taken away. The Pats still got points. The second fumble. I may be wrong, but Tyreek Hill flew down the field 3 times as fast and hand the ball carrier in grasp when he let go for the whistle. The Pats may have scored they may have not, but stop assuming it was a 7.

    There was a phantom PI on Kelce which even Romo said was bogus. That penalty negated a first down which lead to a punt, that was blocked.

    Yes the REFs were very bad, but they didn’t cause the Pats to lose. They made it difficult, and it may have been lopsided but they made it difficult for the Chiefs too which many Patriot fans are blind to seeing.

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