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Panthers Luck Out

Some games are won … others are gifted. The latter was clearly the case in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday night as the hometown Carolina Panthers benefited from a controversial no-call on the final play of the game – enabling them to defeat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 24-20….

Some games are won … others are gifted.

The latter was clearly the case in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday night as the hometown Carolina Panthers benefited from a controversial no-call on the final play of the game – enabling them to defeat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 24-20.

Both playoff contenders are 7-3 on the season.

With the ball on the Panthers eighteen-yard-line, Brady dropped back to pass as the final seconds ticked off the game clock. Facing pressure, he stepped up in the pocket and released the ball toward the end zone – looking for tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The only problem? Gronkowski was getting bear-hugged by Panthers’ linebacker Luke Kuechly – and was pushed out of the area of the end zone where Brady’s pass was thrown (enabling Panthers’ rookie defensive back Robert Lester to pick off the throw).

Recognizing a penalty had occurred, back judge Terrence Miles threw a flag for pass interference – however the flag was picked up after the officiating crew conferred on the play.

Here’s what happened …

(Click to play)

Had officials permitted the penalty to stand, New England would have had been awarded one final play from the one-yard line – however it was determined that Brady’s pass to Gronkowski was “uncatchable.”

“It was determined at that point in time that when the primary contact occurred on the tight end that the ball, in essence, was coming in underthrown and in essence it was (immediately) at that point intercepted at the front end of the end zone,” referee Clete Blakeman said after the game. “So there was a determination that, in essence, uncatchability, that the ball was intercepted at or about the same time the primary contact against the receiver occurred.”

Umm … okay.

But isn’t the reason Gronkowski wasn’t in a position to catch the ball because he was illegally pushed out of the area?

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7 comments

? November 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

The ball looked uncatchable to me….regardless it was a great/fun game to watch.

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Smirks November 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

I agree with the penalty being called back. Check out this video, it has multiple angles, far better than the one above:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9998877

Don’t blame Gronkowski, though, that pass wasn’t good.

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The Colonel November 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

Clearly uncatchable and the “illegal push” was just good clean defense, the ball was underthrown.
If you want to see bad officiating, check out the Spring Valley-Spartanburg High game where a Spring Valley touchdown was disallowed after the successful field goal. Didn’t matter because Spring Valley still won, but what a robbery. I was able to watch the play on a “game film” sight – the Ref was either bought, blind or a bone head.

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Frank Howard November 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

Gronkowski’s momentum was clearly towards the back of the endzone. The call was correct. He couldn’t have stopped in time to catch it, much less reverse direction in order to do so.

Not even my man, Edgar McGee, could have caught that ball.

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ThreePalms November 19, 2013 at 10:27 am

The cheater, Belichick, and the rest of the Patriot clan are left to whine about the officiating. Just desserts are rarely sweeter. The Panthers came from behind inside the two minute warning to score a TD and stop the Patriots with a fourth down interception. Great win!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein November 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

The Patriots lose on a controversial call?

Cry this Raiders fan a fucking river.

Remember the “tuck rule”, beetchez?

Yeah, 11 years later and TBG is still bitter…

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Elfego November 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I do not know if call was correct or not the NFL like the government refuses to allow certain things to be shown.America will not have an instant replay when the time comes!

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