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The 49ers believe they had victory within their reach late in the game in New Orleans when Ahmad Brooks sacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose fumble was recovered by San Francisco. Instead, Brooks was called for hitting Brees in the neck area and the Saints marched down the field for the game-tying field goal. Another field goal gave them the win.
The Patriots lost Monday night’s game at Carolina when referees picked up a flag in the end zone on the final play after New England tight end Rob Gronkowski was clearly held and had no chance to make an attempt to catch Tom Brady’s pass, which was intercepted. While the referees offered the Patriots no explanation, the ruling was that Brady’s pass was uncatchable.
The two well-played games’ outcomes were affected by a questionable call and a non-call. Instead of talking about great games, we’re talking about terrible officiating.
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