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Ravens won't be fined for roughing calls

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  October 7, 2009 08:40 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens won't be fined for any of the disputed roughing-the-passer calls they were flagged for last Sunday in a 27-21 loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium -- or for complaining about them.

Both calls -- the first on Haloti Ngata, who hit Brady's helmet while trying to bat down a pass, and the second on Terrell Suggs for diving at and brushing Brady's legs -- extended touchdown drives for the Patriots.

Ravens players, including linebacker Ray Lewis, and coach John Harbaugh were critical of the calls and insinuated that Brady, coming back from torn ligaments in his left knee that ended his 2008 season, was receiving preferential treatment when it came to roughing calls.

"It’s embarrassing to the game,’’ linebacker Ray Lewis said after the game last Sunday. ‘‘Did that win or lose the game? No, but it got them 14 points. ... A personal foul and he isn’t even touched. He’s a man. They can be hit, just like us. We stop them and then you look back and see a flag or a personal foul and Tom Brady is laughing. It wasn’t no personal foul if he’s still smiling.’’

Brady made no apologies about the calls today in his weekly press conference.

"I want the penalty call. I want 15 yards. I don’t care whether they hit me or not, that’s an advantage for our offense," said Brady. "I think you just want to make sure the refs … I go hug the ref before the game, ask about his kids and stuff like that. I’m trying to get him on our side."

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