Carolina, officials escape vs. Patriots

Originally Published: November 19, 2013
By Gregg Easterbrook | ESPN.com

It's the Parking Lot Theory of Officiating.

When a call (or a no-call) on the last play decides the game, officials want to be sure they can get out of the parking lot. That means the call (or no-call) will go the home team's way.

New England at Carolina, the home Panthers were flagged for pass interference as the clock expired, then the flag was picked up. That much was correct, because Rob Gronkowski, who was grabbed, could not have made the catch -- ...

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