Tom Brady blames the refs after losing to the Panthers

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t thrilled with the way Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers was called. The Patriots lost, 33-30.

“They called it pretty tight on us yesterday,” Brady said on Kirk and Callahan, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI. “I was watching the film a bunch of times. They got the calls.”

This isn’t the first time that Brady has felt like official Jerome Boger’s crew has it out for New England.

“From previous games, that crew has called more penalties on us than the other team,” he added.

Particularly, he felt like the calls negatively impacted former Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was added in the offseason and has not been the elite corner they hoped he could be.

“I’ve always like Stephon,” Brady said. “Some days some of those calls are tight. He’s working hard.”

Certainly, the defense has been fairly terrible. That’s not all on Gilmore by any stretch, but it’s the reason the Patriots are 2-2 on the year, tied with the New York Jets. That’s after an offseason in which there was speculation that the Patriots could go undefeated and that the Jets were already tanking for the No. 1 overall pick, so being tied isn’t what they expected.

“The Patriots are last in the NFL in yards allowed, and by a big margin. Allowing an average of 60 yards more per game than the No. 31 team,” Hannable noted. “The Patriots have allowed 128 points in four games of the season. In the final seven regular-season games last year they allowed 87.”

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