BOSTON (CBS) – Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak worked last night’s game, so needless to say they were both fired up to open Tuesday’s show. They began discussing the awful non-call that ended the game and what made it so atrocious.
With 59 seconds left in the game and three timeouts, quarterback Tom Brady drove the Patriots down the field to the Carolina 18-yard line with just four seconds left to play down 27-23.
Brady received the snap in the pocket and keyed in on his favorite target in tight end Rob Gronkowski. The pass was short and intercepted in the end zone by Panthers safety Robert Lester as time expired.
A flag on the ground provided a little glimmer of hope as Gronkowski was absolutely mugged on the play by linebacker Luke Kuechly. Back judge Terrence Miles threw the 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.
Instead, the flag was picked up by head referee Clete Blakeman and no penalty was called.
We’ve seen the reactions of Patriots players past and present weighing in on the call, and now we’ll hear from Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak.
For starters, Gresh wanted to address all the haters who thought it was a good call by the referees.
“If you don’t think there was, at bare minimum, a defensive holding call, you just flat out don’t know what you’re talking about,” said Gresh to open the show.
Zo called it an outstanding football game that hard fought on both sides. And even though the Patriots didn’t come home with a victory, there’s a silver lining that Patriots fans must realize.
“I ain’t worried about this football team. This football team can play. They’re going to be fine. This wasn’t Cincinnati where you puked all over your feet on third down. How many punts did Ryan Allen have? This wasn’t the Jets road loss,” said Zo.
“That was a damn good football team they played last night. This Patriots team is finding their identity on offense. Good luck playing them this final six weeks.”
Zo clearly disagreed with the call, but his biggest problem was with how head referee Clete Blakeman handled the situation. Blakeman picked up the flag, went on the microphone and announced the game was over without providing any explanation or reasoning.
Zolak feels like every other decent referee (like an Ed Hochuli, Gene Steratore or Mike Carey) would have provided an explanation before running and hiding, and that Clete Blakeman was unprofessional in comparison.
Both guys were pretty fired up, listen below for some epic ranting: