"That is f***ing bull!"
Those are the words that came out of a screaming Tom Brady's Mouth after Monday night's Patriots-Panthers game ended in a dramatic, controversial way.
With the Patriots trailing by four points and seconds left on the clock, Brady threw the ball to his tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone. The pass was intercepted by safety Robert Lester, but officials threw a flag after it appeared linebacker Luke Kuechly had interfered with tight Gronkowski by grabbing him with both hands. The officials quickly gathered together, however, and waved off the flag.
"There was no explanation given to me. Officials ran off the field. I didn't see anything," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after. "It was the last play of the game. There was a flag thrown and then the game was over."
An angry Brady sprinted over to two officials to argue the call as they walked off the field. And he let them have it. Here's the play and the fireworks after [content warning for language]:
The game's referee, Clete Blakeman, stood by the call.
"There were two officials that came in," Blakeman he said via a pool report given to the press. "One was the umpire and the other one was our side judge and there was a discussion at that point as to the, in essence, the catchability of the ball due to its location.
"So it was determined at that point in time that when the primary contact occurred on the tight end that the ball, in essence, was coming in underthrown and in essence it was immediate at that point intercepted at the front end of the end zone. So there was a determination that, in essence, uncatchability, that the ball was intercepted at or about the same time the primary contact against the receiver occurred."
On whether he agreed with the call after seeing replays, Blakeman said, "Yeah, in review, yeah. I think so."
A calmer Brady later took responsibility for the ending.
"He was kind of weaving in and out of there. I didn't really want to throw it over his head and out of bounds, so I was a little indecisive," Brady said. "It wasn't a great throw. No excuses. Should have been a better throw."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.