Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 11/19/13

The New England Patriots lost a game on a controversial call—or no call—by an official late in the game for the second time this season. The Patriots fell to the Carolina Panthers’ 24-20 Monday night after a penalty that could have saved them on the final play was waived off. Tom Brady’s throw to Rob Gronkowski was intercepted in the end zone as time expired in regulation, although Gronkowski appeared to be held by Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. A flag was thrown on the play, but after conferring with all of the officials, referee Clete Blakeman announced that there was no a penalty on the play and waived off the flag. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com and Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer attended the pool report with Blakeman after the game, transcribed by Patriots.com: Mike Reiss: I guess the first question is what was seen on the last play to initially have the official throw the flag? Clete Blakeman: The back judge saw that there was contact and the defender was not playing the ball and that led him to throw for defensive pass inference, was the initial call. MR: The follow-up naturally, what was discussed to then pick up the flag? CB: There were two officials that came in. One was the umpire and the other one was our side judge and there was a 

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