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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Goran Dragic Jersey . -- His arms finally free, Rob Gronkowski clapped when he saw the yellow flag in the end zone. The Patriots would have one more chance to win. Seconds later, that chance was lost. One day later, Bill Belichick wouldnt discuss the officials decision to wave off a penalty on the final play when Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly wrapped his arms around Gronkowski as Tom Bradys pass sailed toward them. There was nothing New Englands coach could do about the 24-20 loss to the Panthers on Monday night. Better to focus on his second straight prime-time challenge coming up Sunday night against the Denver Broncos. "I dont really have any comment to add about the officiating or any of those calls," Belichick said during a conference call Tuesday. "If you have any questions on that, you can talk to the league office and the officiating department. Let them give their explanation." Or you can listen to Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich. "Both arms are being wrapped around the receiver as the balls in the air," he said on WEEI radio. "A fouls a foul. No matter what it is, the balls there. Its not like the balls 20 feet over his head or it lands on the 5-yard line or something." With the ball at the Carolina 18 and a lineman bearing down on him, Brady didnt step into the throw as he usually does. The underthrown pass was intercepted by Robert Lester about 4 yards into the end zone. Gronkowski, a few yards behind Lester, couldnt move toward the ball with Kuechly bear-hugging him. Referee Clete Blakeman conferred for a few seconds with back judge Terrence Miles, who threw the flag. Miles shook his head. Then Blakeman said there was no foul and the game was over. Later, Blakeman told two pool reporters that Miles had called defensive pass interference but the ball was uncatchable. Gronkowskis elation was gone. Bradys anger was visible as he talked to Blakeman while leaving the field. Dean Blandino, the NFLs vice-president of officiating, said he "wouldnt say" the officials were wrong for not penalizing the Panthers for pass interference. "They determined that in their judgment the contact occurred simultaneous with the ball being intercepted and thats why the officials did what they did," Blandino said on NFL Network. "Once the ball is touched you cannot have pass interference." Even if the penalty stood, the ball would have been placed at the 1 and the Patriots still would have needed a touchdown. "I dont make the calls or the rules," Brady said. "I wish it wouldnt have come down to that. I think there were plenty of plays we couldve made." The Patriots (7-3) will have to make a lot more of them against the Broncos (9-1), the NFLs highest-scoring team, and Peyton Manning, who leads the league with 34 touchdown passes in 10 games. "I think Peyton Manning just gets better every year," Patriots defensive co-ordinator Matt Patricia said. "He just understands what the defence is, what coverage hes getting, and puts the ball where he needs to put it." So with a short week of practice, Belichick didnt want to waste time dwelling on the disputed play. "Its not really our job to call the game. Its to play it and coach it. Whatever calls they make are the ones that we live with," he said. "We have to turn the page here quickly, get on to Denver. Good football team, playing well. Obviously, their record reflects that." The Broncos are averaging 39.8 points, 16 more than the Panthers and 14 more than the Patriots. New Englands defence is battered with five starters missing Monday nights game, three of them out for the season. And the Patriots have one fewer day than usual to prepare. "It will be a challenging week, but every week in the NFL is challenging," Belichick said. "Well just take the time and the opportunity that we have and try to make the most of it." Coming off a bye week, the Patriots had plenty of time to prepare for the Panthers (7-3). But their only lead, 20-17, came on Stephen Gostkowskis 26-yard field goal with 6:32 left. The Panthers went ahead with 59 seconds remaining on Cam Newtons 25-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. Then Brady threw 11 passes to get the ball to the Carolina 18 with 3 seconds to go. Enough time for one play -- and one controversy. Carolina coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday he would have been upset if his receiver had been held in that situation. "No doubt about it," he said, but "no matter how much people talk about it and rehash it, its not going to change." The Patriots know that. "Any time you go on the road against a tough opponent, youre going to have adversity. That call at the end of the game is a big call to make," running back Stevan Ridley said. "We just have to move on." James Johnson Jersey . The St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled to arrive in Boston in time for a workout on Tuesday afternoon. Much of Mondays discussion focused on Bostons lineup considerations as the series progresses, specifically when the venue shifts to St. Edrice Adebayo Jersey . In the opener of the World Group first-round series, world No. 18 Kei Nishikori defeated Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont.OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry had 32 points and 15 assists, and the reeling Golden State Warriors rallied from 19 points down in the first half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120 on Monday night. After learning that centre Andrew Bogut could miss extended time with a fractured right rib, the Warriors (50-31) withstood a strong start by Kevin Love to secure the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They finish the regular season Wednesday at Denver before beginning the post-season at the Los Angeles Clippers or Oklahoma City this weekend. Love scored 22 of his 40 points in the first quarter. He finished with 14 rebounds and nine assists for the Timberwolves (40-41), who will need to win at Utah on Wednesday to clinch the franchises first non-losing season since 2004-05. Draymond Green added 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 20 for the Warriors, who were playing their fourth game in five nights — and after learning of a big blow to their chances of advancing in the playoffs. The team announced before the game that an X-ray on Bogut revealed a fractured right rib. The injury could keep Golden States starting centre out for the start of the playoffs — and possibly all of the post-season. The Warriors also overcame a nothing-too-lose Timberwolves team that has been surging to the finish. In April alone, Minnesota has won at Miami and at Memphis and also beaten San Antonio and Houston at home. In the end, the Warriors cleaned up their mistakes and made all the big plays that the Timberwolves coulldnt. Hassan Whiteside Jersey. Minnesota committed 21 turnovers, while the Warriors had 15. After Loves 3-pointer moved Minnesota within three, the Warriors leaned on Curry once again. He banked in a left-handed floater and hit a step-back 3-pointer over Corey Brewer during a 6-0 spurt to put the Warriors up 126-116 with 1:25 to play. Curry walked to the bench during the timeout flexing his muscles as the white-shirt wearing sellout of 19,596 roared to their feet in the final home game of the season. Love and Curry controlled most of the game, especially in the first half. Love made three straight 3s to start the game as Minnesota opened a 16-2 lead behind his could-not-miss stroke. He finished the first quarter with 22 points and eight rebounds to put the Timberwolves up 42-28. After Minnesota went ahead 51-32 early in the second quarter, Curry brought the Warriors back. Curry capped a 23-4 spurt with consecutive 3-pointers before finding a cutting Thompson for a layup to tie the score at 55. Minnesota moved ahead 64-62 at the half. The teams traded scores for most of the third quarter. The Warriors built a 104-96 lead early in the fourth quarter and held off the Timberwolves in the closing minutes. NOTES: The Warriors last won 50 games when they finished the 1993-94 season with a 50-32 record. ... Timberwolves C Ronny Turiaf sat out to rest his right knee. ... The Warriors set the second-highest total attendance in franchise history for the season with 803,436 fans. The team sold out all 41 home games and has a streak of 79 consecutive sellouts. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseys cheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseys cheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseys cheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseys cheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '

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