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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 16: Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to make a catch as Stephon Gilmore of the New England Patriots defends in the first half during the game at Heinz Field. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 16: Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to make a catch as Stephon Gilmore of the New England Patriots defends in the first half during the game at Heinz Field. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots lost to the Steelers on Sunday, due in no small part to an unacceptable amount of penalties. But apparently, Stephon Gilmore believes Antonio Brown got away with his own flag.

Gilmore and Brown matched up against each other for most of the game on Sunday, which the Steelers won 17-10. Brown did score a damaging 17-yard touchdown, but otherwise was held to three catches for 32 yards as the Patriots secondary was perhaps the best unit they had to offer on Sunday.

But the conversation with Gilmore after the game referenced a scuffle between him and Brown in the third quarter, where Gilmore says Brown threw him to the turf by his helmet.

“It was dirty, what he did,” said Gilmore, via Christopher Price of the Boston Sports Journal. “He grabbed my helmet, put me on the ground. Super dirty.”

Not that it changes much now. The Patriots (9-5) once again didn’t bring their best effort on the road and it certainly doomed them in Pittsburgh. But it’s understandable for Gilmore to come out of that situation frustrated, considering how the flags were flying left and right in the Patriots’ direction while Brown got off scot-free.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.