Monday Night Football, Carolinas Panthers, good mom award, kith/kin, nail biters, @jim_utter:
There was an almost full moon in an almost cloudless night sky and the weather was unseasonably warm. It was a perfect night for Monday Night Football. If I must pat myself on the back, I get the good mom award for giving my son my ticket to the game.
I must admit that after Saturday’s UGA v. Auburn game that I’m a little tired of nail biters. At the end of this game I have No Nails Left … But I am very excited for the Carolinas’ Panthers.
The last play has obviously stirred up a lot of attention. One thing I love about social media is the conversation and the ability to refer to sources. I did not check the rulebook and I have no idea who Jim Utter is except that he is followed by a journalist I respect …
Jim Utter (@jim_utter)
11/19/13, 12:14 AM
“If the ball is intercepted or knocked down prior to reaching the receiver, there is no foul for Pass Interference.” -NFL Rulebook.
And then these today … enough said.
The Patriots lost because they let the game come down to one play from the 18-yard line down four points. They lost because they put off the moment of truth, because they let themselves down with subpar execution in key moments, because they were victimized by the same issues that seem to haunt this team through every one of its notable losses. The Patriots lost to the Panthers on Monday night because they’re not as good of a football team as the Panthers, who did all the little things that the old Patriots teams used to get credit for. And that includes daring the refs to call for a game-changing pass interference on the game-deciding play.
I asked the Twitterverse on Tuesday to come up with a nickname for the last play of the Panthers-Patriots game Monday night, when Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly was first flagged for pass interference against New England tight end Rob Gronkowski in the Panther end zone with 0:00 on the clock. Then the call was reversed after the officials determined Gronkowski couldn\’t have caught the ball anyway, and the Panthers won, 24-20. Had the original call stood, the Patriots would have gotten one play from the 1 to try and score a game-winning touchdown.
Here were some of the best entries, all submitted via Twitter to @Scott_Fowler. A three-person panel judged \”Immaculate Perception,\” written by David Wood, as the winner of the modest prize — a copy of my new book chronicling the Panthers. Thanks to all who entered.
Sweet Hug Carolina
Need a Hug
Cool Hands Luke