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Bill Belichick appeared to make contact with official after loss

Posted by Staff  September 24, 2012 12:37 AM

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick was mum after Sunday night's 31-30 loss to the Ravens when he appeared to make contact with an official as he left the field.

"I'm not going to comment on that," Belichick said. "You saw the game. What did we have, 30 penalties called in that game?"

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.

Belichick flatly said "no" when asked if he thought the NFL would fine him for contact with an official. The league sent a memo to teams this past week demanding more respect be paid to the replacement officials who are filling in for the locked-out regulars.

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