Wilfork: 'You have to review' field goal
September, 24, 2012
By Mike Rodak | ESPNBoston.com
BALTIMORE -- The New England Patriots' loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night ended just as it played out, with a controversial call.
As time expired, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker's game-winning 27-yard field goal appeared to sail over the right upright. It was close enough for a furious Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork to rip off his helmet and sprint toward the two officials who made the call in the back of the end zone.
Rob Carr/Getty ImagesJustin Tucker's field goal sailed over the right goal post, close enough that some Patriots thought it might have sailed wide.
"They have to (review that)," Wilfork said after the game. "You have to. In a game like this you have to. They ran off the field, so it is what it is. I'm not going to sit here and pick a fight with those guys.
"From my angle, it looked very close," Wilfork said. "I was frustrated at that, but there were a lot of things I was frustrated about."
Shortly after the game ended, former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira tweeted the following, explaining that the call was not reviewable:
"A (field goal) that goes over the top of an upright is not reviewable because you cannot determine when exactly the ball is directly over the pole," Pereira wrote.
Wilfork wasn't the only one who thought that Tucker's kick was close to falling in New England's favor.
"I couldn't see from the sideline," head coach Bill Belichick said. "It looked close. You should talk to the people who made the calls. I'm just trying to coach the game."
"From my angle, it was tough to see. The ball was right by the goal post so I couldn't really tell," cornerback Devin McCourty said. "It looked close. That's all I have to say."
The last time the teams played -- in last season's AFC Championship game -- the Patriots won when Billy Cundiff's 32-yard field goal attempt sailed wide with 11 seconds left in the contest.