Close kick costs Belichick in Baltimore
Bill Belichick grabbed a replacement official as he sought an explanation after the Patriots lost a penalty-filled road game to the Baltimore Ravens 31-30 on a last-second kick by rookie Justin Tucker in 2012. New England was flagged 10 times for 83 yards of accepted penalties, while the Ravens were called for 14 penalties and 135 yards. For the Patriots, the most critical penalty was a 27-yard pass interference flag on Sterling Moore that set up the Ravens' winning field goal.
The team also wanted the winning field goal reviewed to see if the ball had passed through the uprights – it flew very close to the top of the upright. Belichick grabbed an official’s arm while walking off the field at the end of the game and was fined $50,000 for making contact with an official.
"It was inappropriate for me to contact the official. I take responsibility for what happened," Belichick said in statement released by the team. "I accept the discipline and I apologize for the incident Sunday night in Baltimore."