Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski
Really? Because the same thing happened earlier in 4th quarter in the same game. The ref next to the play kept his flag in his pocket and the ref 45+ feet away threw a bogus flag on Lloyd for pushing off.
And as to the time keeping. Watch the replay, in OT the clock doesn't start until McKnight hits the 7 yd. line. Same thing happened a few times earlier in the game , too.
The refs sucked for both teams that game. Happens.
First off, there is a difference between 45 feet away and an immediate penalty called then 76.5 feet away and a 5 second delay for the penalty to be called.
Second, I guess you are admitting how egregious the issue was with the kickoff return. What does the Mcknight return have to do with anything? Could the clock on that kickoff have remotely any impact on the game? Also, it was after the previous collusion kickoff, so what better way to cover your tracks then by doing the same thing again after and pretend like you are doing it for both teams.
Regardless if Mccourty fumbles or not on that return, it was a massive advantage handed to the Pats by someone fixing the clock.