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Patience with replacements flagging

Chaos has reigned long enough: Goodell needs to bring back real referees

Updated: September 24, 2012, 9:21 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BALTIMORE -- Before we get to the crux of the problem, let's dispense with some important facts.

No. 1: The New England Patriots DID NOT lose to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday because of the atrocious officiating during the prime-time horror show, which hereafter will officially be dubbed Flag Day.

No. 2: The penalty called on Devin McCourty with 52 seconds left in the game that gave Baltimore a first-and-goal from New England's 7-yard line and effectively ...

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