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In case you missed it, ESPN’s Sport Science studied the final play between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football to definitively answer the question everyone was asking: could Rob Gronkowski have caught that pass?
I know, I know, I should let you all (and myself) move on. The Denver Broncos are coming to town on Sunday night for the annual Brady-Manning Bowl (XIV, this year), and this is most definitely not the Patriot Way. But these are the perks of being a Patriots fan outside the jurisdiction of Bill Belichick. After all, how much more scintillating would this game be if the Pats were 8-2?
So, was that a catchable pass? Did Luke Kuechly commit pass interference? Should the Patriots have gotten a chance to win the game from the 1-yard line? In short, yes, yes, and yes. But don’t take my word for it. Take SCIENCE’S.
For once I can finally claim I’m not being a total homer when it comes to arguing a call that goes against the Patriots. It’s science.