COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Bill Belichick used Rob Gronkowski’s close-call non-touchdown in Denver on Sunday night as his latest example to lobby the NFL to add goal-line cameras to its replay system to ensure officials have the best angles to review plays.
Belichick, who strongly has advocated for the use of the cameras, opted to challenge the second-quarter play where the Patriots tight end dove, extended his hands and cradled the ball inches away from the ground just before reaching the end zone. Officials ruled it an incomplete pass, and it was upheld after review.
Gronkowski knew he caught the ball and asked Belichick to make the challenge.
“We’re trying to get these plays right,” said Belichick yesterday. “I think that would have been a good example of where a goal-line camera or a pylon camera would have given them a good opportunity (to get it right).”
Belichick then cited another goal-line play at the end of an Oct. 19 Kansas City-Oakland game where the use of a pylon camera was beneficial.
“In the end, it didn’t make a difference in the game last night, but had that been the final play of the game, or one of the final plays of the game, whichever side it was on, you just want it to be right, whether he caught it or didn’t catch it,” said Belichick. “Make sure we make the right call. It’s a tough call. The official who made the call was standing pretty close to me on the sideline probably 30 yards away. It was a close play. I saw it the same way he did. It was really close. Maybe the league can find a way to finance that project and get a good quality shot on some of those goal-line plays like they did in the Oakland-Kansas City game.”
With their blowout win over the Broncos, the Patriots tied a team and AFC record of 12 straight road wins. The league mark of 18 was set by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s.
The last time the Patriots lost a road game was the 2015 AFC Championship Game in Denver. The Pats are 4-0 this year and play four of their next five games away from Foxboro, starting with Sunday’s trip to Mexico City to play the Raiders. So why has the team been so tough away from Gillette Stadium?
“I think it’s just an attitude we bring, that we have as a team. We just want to be road warriors,” said linebacker Kyle Van Noy. “It shows. We’re ready to play, we’re focused, and it’s always fun to win in someone else’s home.”
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