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How and why Kuechly played perfect coverage

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Fox007    4,179

Id rather him turn and look for the ball and see Lester get the INT anyway rather than bear hug a player on a team that the refs tend to love.

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CelibatePimp    2,863

I just watched the play. By the time Luke begins to hug Gronk, the ball is already thrown and is almost in Lester's hands, so that cannot be holding. The ball was also underthrown and Gronk could not have caught it so no PI there. I don't see what people are bitching about. Watch the play yourself and see when Luke begins to hug.

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beastson    4,335

Truth is that if Keek had turned to look at the ball and didn't have his arms wrapped around Gronk he would have seen that the ball was way underthrown and Gronk couldn't have caught it.  He made a stupid play in the endzone and got away with it.  But he surely shouldn't be excused or made a hero for doing it.

 

Just sayin...........................

 

2nd year player

 

He'll learn

 

 

Just sayin...............

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Carolina Cajun    3,487

Truth is that if Keek had turned to look at the ball and didn't have his arms wrapped around Gronk he would have seen that the ball was way underthrown and Gronk couldn't have caught it.  He made a stupid play in the endzone and got away with it.  But he surely shouldn't be excused or made a hero for doing it.

 

Just sayin...........................

 

 

If there is a hero in this situation, it's Lester.  Without him being in position to intercept that pass, then interference would have been called and ball placed at the 1 foot line for an untimed down to win or lose the game.  Cam Newton was the MVP of offense, but Lester deserves game ball for that play alone.

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Cpt slay a ho    1,354

2nd year player shouldn't make those mistakes, he's done this a couple times this year, make the receiver make a ridiculous play. As long as he learns from this that's all that matters

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PhillyB    40,355

Truth is that if Keek had turned to look at the ball and didn't have his arms wrapped around Gronk he would have seen that the ball was way underthrown and Gronk couldn't have caught it.  He made a stupid play in the endzone and got away with it.  But he surely shouldn't be excused or made a hero for doing it.

 

Just sayin...........................

 

meh. it was a risky play but you play to win these types of contests.

 

luke demonstrably didn't do anything wrong. he played within the constraints of the rules.

 

as far as i'm concerned he's a hero for covering his man well enough to make it difficult to return towards the ball and allowing lester to step in front of it.

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Achilles    122

All in all...refs seemed to make the right call (I am super biased of course) but if the rule states that it can't be PI if the ball is intercepted, then that's what happened.  THe ball was out of Brady's hand before Luke made that contact.  Panthers got lucky because I could easily see the Pats (esp. Brady/Gronk) getting that call.  In fact, it kind of blows my mind that they didn't.  Even so, the refs did all they could to bolster the Pats.  Just not getting this one call really isn't a terrible injustice.

 

Let's not forget that Cam led his team on a game winning drive that ended with 1 minute left in the game.  Too bad that's not the story ESPN wanted to talk about.  If that same play had happened to Cam/Olsen and the refs picked up the flag, only Stuart Scott would have cared.  Dilfer and Young would have been all up Brady's butthole with praise and you wouldn't have seen them complain.  They would have been touting the rule and Gerry Austin wouldn't even have been brought in to do commentary.

 

Of course ESPN is like homer nation Pats fans.  THey are in Conn. after all.  You might say that the Patriots are the official NFL team of ESPN.

 

It was a huge, impressive win for Carolina and that doesn't sit well with the Tom Brady fan club.  Perhaps fortune smiled on us on that last play, but in the end, no matter the circumstance, we scored more points than them and a win is a win.

 

It will be interesting to see if they withhold credit from us for our position in the playoff picture.  We have beaten SF and NE in back to back weeks (after they were coming off bye weeks) and are for real one of the top 3 teams in the NFC.

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Khaki Lackey    5,041

For once the refs did the right thing. I guess they figured if they gave tom another PI off an uncatchable ball, it would be too obvious.

Rule or no rule, the Pats didn't deserve the ball on the goal line after throwing up a wounded duck that got picked.

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