Torrey Smith played through grief. Wes Welker actually played.
The NFL's controversial, contemptible replacement refs? Once again, they got in the way.
Sunday night's dramatic storylines included Smith, the Baltimore Ravens receiver who chose to play hours after the death of his 19-year-old brother. He compiled 127 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Welker, who had seemingly fallen out of favor as one of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's top options, reemerged with 142 yards receiving.
But a game that should be remembered for Smith, Welker and Justin Tucker's 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Ravens a 31-30 comeback victory instead will be better known for this: the grab. Or lunge or whatever Patriots coach Bill Belichick was trying to do after the game to get the attention of a replacement official, a move that embodied what a good chunk of the nation felt with a night -- maybe three weeks -- of stilted calls.
"I'm not going to comment on that," Belichi...