Was Patriots' final pass really uncatchable?

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is held by Panthers' Luke Kuechly on the final play of the game...

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is held by Panthers' Luke Kuechly on the final play of the game Monday night. (AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:40 PM ET

On the surface, you have to think that maybe the officiating crew that ended the very entertaining Carolina-New England game on a controversial, picked-up flag, probably overstepped the bounds of their mandate to make judgment calls.

With Rob Gronkowski clearly being interfered with in the end zone on the final play of the game, Tom Brady’s pass fell short and was picked off by Carolina’s Robert Lester. After huddling, the officials declared the pass uncatchable by Gronkowski, negating the interference call. Game over, Panthers win by four.

At the heart of the matter is this: Just how far off target does a pass have to be to be uncatchable?

The ball Brady admits was not a very good pass, aimed in general terms at Gronkowski at the end of the Monday nighter, was intercepted maybe 12-15 feet from where Gronkowski stood with Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly’s arms wrapped around him.


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