Watching at home, the video shows Justin Tucker’s kick sailing over to right upright as the officiating crew ruled that the game winning 27-yard field goal was good. Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork watched in disbelief, while Belichick chased down an official and grabbed his arm as he was running off the field.
“I’m not going to comment about that. You saw the game,” the Patriots coach told reporters in his postgame press conference. “What did we have, 30 penalties called in that game?”
10 to be exact.
“Talk to the officials about the way they called the game. Talk to the league about the way they called it. I don’t know. But we just have to go out there and try to play the best we can.”
Belichick said he doesn’t expect a fine from the league for his actions, though he should look forward to a hefty one. The stingy NFL isn’t messing around with these officials. Their labor dispute with the already underpaid normal officiating crews hasn’t gotten any better and commissioner Roger Goodell told coaches to go easier on the refs last week.
While Belichick, the NFL coach who was caught illegally taping signals and walkthroughs in 2007, is highly thought of around this league, his actions would certainly be punished if they were performed by a player. In fact, a player would likely serve a suspension.
If Ray Lewis had put his hands on that official, we would be debating for how many games his suspension should last right now.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 24, 2012
Let’s see what type of mood ol’ Rog is in when he sends out week three’s fines.