The Carolina Panthers outlasted the New England Patriots24-20 Monday night after the officials picked up a penalty flag on a throw in the end zone from Brady to Rob Gronkowski. Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, with his back to the ball, appeared to clearly hold Gronkowski while the ball was in the air. A flag was thrown, but the officials deemed that it was not a penalty after a quick conference.
"There is no foul on the play," was the official explanation given during the game.
Brady came storming after the officials looking for an answer, using an expletive that was caught by the television microphones. Don't be surprised if Brady is fined. Deeming the ball uncatchable was a questionable decision at best. Brady calmed down by the time he met the press and noted he made a poor throw.
"There was no explanation given to me," a terse Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after the game. "The officials ran off the field. I didn't see anything. ... I've gone through that before. Last time I tried to ask an official a question about a call, that was the wrong thing to do. So I have no idea."
If pass interference was called, the Patriots would have received one final do-or-die play to win the game from the 1-yard line. There's no guarantee they would have won the game.