One of the plays that still confuses me in the Patriots 25-17 loss to the Steelers was the Rob Gronkowski almost/kinda/not really touchdown in the fourth quarter. As we mentioned yesterday, the Patriots didn’t get any replay of the play, so coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t throw a challenge flag.
I asked him today if he knew why not.
“I’m coaching the game,” Belichick said. “I’m not running the replay booth. I don’t know.”
OK, that as pretty funny. But anyway, I wanted to find out how it works. So, here is the synopsis of how plays get to the replay booth:
Coaches receive the same replays as the TV broadcast, and for the Gronkowski eight-yarder, no replays were shown until several plays later. The Patriots went hurry-up, and even though 41 seconds elapsed real-time, QB Tom Brady was at the line and TV likely didn’t want to cut away and risk missing the play. So, they showed nothing.