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In Sunday’s game at Baltimore, there were 24 accepted penalties _ 14 against the Ravens and 10 against the Patriots. The last one, an obvious defensive pass interference call against New England cornerback Devin McCourty, set up Justin Tucker’s decisive 27-yard field goal. In the Patriots opening 34-13 win over the Tennessee Titans, no flag was thrown on a blatant pass interference by McCourty against a receiver in the end zone.

Brady said he hasn’t talked about officials with the other 10 offensive players when they’re on the field.

“When you’re in the course of a game, it feels very much like a normal game,” he said. “You get a (penalty) call, then you see the next day (and think) `Wow, should we have been called for that?’ But it really feels like for us it’s balanced out over the course of a game.”

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia downplayed anything he might do to prepare his players for replacement officials.

“We do a great job here of everybody understanding that you control what you can control,” he said. “If we put all our effort and focus into what we can control, then we’ll be all right.”

But the Patriots have a losing record for the first time in nine seasons. And they couldn’t hang on to a 30-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter because the offense couldn’t run out the clock and the defense couldn’t stop the Ravens.

“For me, it’s been business as usual and I know, for our offense, that’s the way it’s been,” Brady said. “We’ve got some calls. We haven’t got some calls. We’re sitting at 1-2, so I don’t think there’s really anyone to blame but ourselves.”

And what about that winning field goal by the Ravens? Did the officials get it right?

“From the angle that I have, I can’t tell,” Brady said. “Those guys are standing (at) the uprights, so if they can’t get it right, then nobody can.”


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