New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick lost it and chewed out a referee when the play clock wound down after an incomplete Packers touchdown.
“Each second matters a lot.”
Tony Romo said this as the clock wound down and the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots headed into overtime at 24-24.
Bill Belichick agrees with that sentiment, which is why when the NFL officiating crew did not rewind the play clock on an incomplete Packers touchdown, the Patriots head coach lost it in a frustrated outburst.
“Why?!” Belichick yells at a nearby referee, followed by some NSFW language. The referee began to walk away, and when Belichick slams his headset into the ground, the ref can’t help but grin at his outsized reaction.
The ref returns with a response, to which Belichick appears to respond:
“That’s crazy! What are you doing?!”
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” Belichick yells again emphatically.
Bill Belichick loses it over play clock decision in Patriots-Packers game
While we have yet to hear Belichick explain his reaction in a terse press conference response, it’s probable that the New England head coach wasn’t too thrilled about the Packers essentially getting a free timeout.
The incomplete touchdown catch by Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs was reviewed by referees. Then, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur challenged the ruling on the field, which ended up being upheld.
But during that time, the Packers weren’t dealt a delay of game penalty, giving them ample time to gameplan while the touchdown was being reviewed.
In a game that came down to the wire — the Packers then pinned the Patriots to the one-yard line, making a scoring drive nearly impossible — every second did count. If Aaron Rodgers is cursing about getting a delay of game, it makes sense that Belichick would be when the Packers don’t get one.
While Belichick’s demands may have made little difference in the outcome, it’s further proof that the game’s greatest game-planner is always looking to give his team every possible advantage.