Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) celebrates with fullback Mike Tolbert (35) during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Patriots 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Giants CB Aaron Ross agrees with refs on controversial MNF call between Panthers, Patriots

There are going to be a million different scenarios thrown about and opinions on the controversial no-call of pass interference from last night’s Patriots game against the Panthers. Basically it boils down to this from a player’s perspective: if you’re an offensive player (or a Patriot) you wanted the flag. If you’re a defensive player (or a Panther) you thought it was a good call.

Feb 26, 2012; Albuquerque, NM, USA; New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross at the 2012 USA Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Two-time Super Bowl winner and still New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross joined Sports Illustrated Now to discuss the play Tuesday and surprise, he says he agrees with the no-call. The caveat is that he actually agrees somewhat that a flag should have been thrown. Heck, he even admits that he’s a little biased because he plays defense.

“I’m a little biased, you know, I’m a defender. Watching the play at normal speed you would have to throw the flag, there’s only one receiver in the area…

But when you watch it in slow speed it seems like it’s an un-catchable ball. So I think the refs made a great call, but in normal speed it’s hard to tell. In slow speed it looks like he couldn’t have gotten to the ball anyway.”

Boy, I tell you I watch the play again and again, as we all have. The contact begins at the spot where the interception takes place so I don’t see how anybody can make the case that this was “un-catchable”. Gronkowski and many other NFL athletes make that catch regularly.

Typical cornerback response. But at least he admitted that he was wrong before he made his final decision.

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  • ahrcshaw

    I think the key factor is that Gronk did not try to make a play on the ball, which means he had no idea where the ball was, he is too good of a receiver to not attempt to make a play. Oh well it is over and it is a win for the Panthers, move on to Miami. Go Panthers.

    • Paul V. Suffriti

      The defender had his arms wrapped around Gronk…..regardless if he could or could not make a play for the ball, the call should have been, at the very least, defensive holding and a five yard penalty. Pats should have had one more play from the 13 yard line.

      I would hate to see a non call like that during a playoff game, maybe changing the outcome.

      • Panther Hines

        False, one the ball is thrown, it cannot be holding. It can be pass interference BUT since Gronk was easily 15 ft from the ball, he made no attempt to get in position to make an attempt (that would’ve failed). Therefore Kuechly DID NOT deny Gronk anything by wrapping his arms around so no foul. Besides, even if he was wide open, Lester had position to make the INT regardless. It was a bad throw and Brady blew it.

        • Paul V. Suffriti

          “False, one the ball is thrown, it cannot be holding.”

          Really? Do you watch football? A receiver cannot be held by a defender after 5 yards DURING an offensive play. It does not matter if the receiver is near the ball or away from the ball.

      • ahrcshaw

        I would hate to see a play like that called at any time, but you are wrong. Gronk and Kuechly came together at the same time about 2 yds deep in the end zone, the ball was thrown exactly 2 to 3 yrds to the right of Kueclhy, Lester was coming on a perpendicular angle but parallel to the end zone just as Gronk and Kuechly passed by. There was no interference or holding at that time. Gronk stopped, Kuechly hugged him and Lester caught the ball, even if Kuechly had keep going Gronk could not have caught the ball. Had Lester not been there Gronk may have had a chance, may have had a chance, because the ball was low and 3rds to Gronks left. Gronk is good no question , but I don’t think he could have gone back 3 or 4 yds and over 2 to 3 yds and taken it away from Lester. Look at the replay.