The call was atrocious and a bag-job, for sure. Going forward how will this affect the Pats. We have seen glimpses of the Old Tom, that fierce, fiery competitor this season, including the choice words for that incompetent referee. Tom has a lot of Irish in him. And, like his forefathers, I think he'll use this whole episode for a little extra motivation. You know the Irish. They'll hold a grudge, feigned or real, till H freezes over.
About the game. There were some mistakes. It happens. To me, they started too slow. The Pats played footsie for their first 2 possessions rather than play like their hair was on fire. That played right into their ball control strategy of the Panthers. My last thought in this matter was that on 3 and 1, where was a clever dump off out to the flat to either DA, Edelman, or Vereen? Heck they even did this play to Dobson in the last minute very successfully. I can see going for a pass- as Charlie Weis would say- give them something they don't expect.
I'm predicting that Tom will have one of his signature games against Denver. The Pats will start fast and score early. Then they'll mix in a lot of runs to maintain drives and set up play action. Tom will control his emotions and deliver in the clutch throughout. It's November, it's a home game, and the playoffs are looming. Go Pats.