The New England Patriots led the Denver Broncos 21-7 in the 4th quarter and it looked like the undefeated season chatter would live to see another day. But the Broncos had other ideas, and they executed them, coming back to win in overtime 30-24. Afterwards New England quarterback Tom Brady, who you might say has had some disagreements with the league, tried really hard not to pin the loss on the referees. First of all, that’s not what winners do. Winners point fingers at themselves first — and Brady is a proven winner.
But it was hard for him. He told the Dennis & Callahan radio show that “there’s things that we could have done better. And it’s certainly not to leave it up to a call here or a call there.” But then there were some questionable calls and Brady mentioned them, like “having a couple of third downs called back — huge third downs that we made — called back by penalty… [then] the first play of the overtime, the guy hooked and they didn’t call that.” Watch your finger, Tom, it’s creeping out. Brady said sometimes the Patriots get the calls and “sometimes we don’t.” He added, a little unconvincingly: “I’m certainly not going to sit here and blame the officiating.”