Brady, Gronk get moms' support on disputed call

The Associated PressNovember 20, 2013
Brady, Gronk get moms' support on disputed call
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An official, left, reaches for his flag as Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) hits New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) in the end zone on the last play of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. They ruled no plenty on the play. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- If mother knows best, the penalty that would have given the Patriots one last chance against the Panthers should have stood.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski say that's how their moms viewed the defensive pass interference call that was waved off on the last play of New England's 24-20 loss to Carolina on Monday night.

The quarterback had ''no final thoughts'' on his pass into the end zone toward Gronkowski, who was being bear-hugged by Luke Kuechly, but said with a laugh, ''My mom thought it was a penalty. Does that count?''

Gronkowski said his mother agreed.

''Our moms are on the same page,'' a smiling Gronkowski said, ''but we're way past that now. We're on to the Broncos.''

New England (7-3) plays Denver (9-1) on Sunday night.

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