That’s what the Patriots are smarting over after Monday night’s 24-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The Patriots had plenty of missed opportunities in the loss, just their third of the season, but one final opportunity was taken away from them when a flag was thrown on the final play of the game, but no penalty called.
With the Patriots threatening with just four seconds remaining in the game, quarterback Tom Brady threw over the middle in the end zone looking for tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk was covered, though Luke Kuechly’s coverage was more like a bear hug.
Back judge Terrence Miles threw a flag, which was expected to be for either a hold or pass interference. That would have given the Patriots one last opportunity to punch in the go-ahead score.
But the flag was picked up by head referee Clete Blakeman and no penalty was called. Game over.
As the officials left the field, an animated Brady pleaded for an explanation. None was given to him.
Head coach Bill Belichick didn’t receive one either.
“There was no explanation given to me,” Belichick said at the podium after the game "
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