The New England Patriots know better than to publicly criticize NFL officials.
But they have other means of getting their message across.
Great game by the chiefs and their "fans"......They both beat us. Well deserved I guess....
— Patrick Chung (@PatrickChung23) December 9, 2019
Allow us to translate: "Fans" equals "the refs."
Chung and the Patriots had reason to believe the refs weren't on their side, as two incorrect decisions by Jerome Boger's crew cost them severely.
First, the referees missed a Travis Kelce fumble in the third quarter, blowing the play dead as Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore scooped the ball up for what would have been a return for a touchdown.
New England challenged the play and won to gain possession, but Gilmore's touchdown still was negated because the play was blown dead.
It also mean the Patriots were out of challenges, which they could have used when N'Keal Harry was incorrectly ruled as stepping out of bounds at the 3-yard line on a fourth-quarter catch.
Harry later insisted (correctly) he stayed in bounds and scored a touchdown, and drove home that point on social media by retweeting a video of the play.
You won't hear the Patriots say much more about Sunday's officiating, but the fact that they're even taking subtle Twitter shots is a sign they clearly feel aggrieved.
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Patrick Chung takes veiled shot at refs after Patriots-Chiefs missed calls originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston