New England Patriots

By Matt McCarthy,

Turn on sports talk radio anywhere across the country this week and you won’t be able to escape the discussion about how bad the officiating was in the conference championship games on Sunday.

And my goodness, I am sick of it. Enough is enough.

Complaining about officiating is such a loser approach. Be better than that.

Yes, I’m talking to you, Mike Felger.


Get over it.

Was the officiating in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game great? No. Did it cost the Chiefs the game? No. Did it help the Patriots win? No.

Maybe the refs shouldn’t have overturned the call on the field on the Julian Edelman punt play. Maybe they shouldn’t have overturned the second Chris Hogan catch in the fourth quarter. The roughing the passer call on Chris Jones was crap. The non-call on the blatant offensive pass interference on the Chiefs final touchdown drive was also crap.

None of it mattered in the end. The better team won. Stop whining.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 20: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to referee Clete Blakeman #34 after a call in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

I don’t want to hear about the officiating in the NFC Championship Game, either.

That was an egregious pass interference on Nickell Robey-Coleman. The flag absolutely should have been thrown. It’s hard to believe that there was no call on that play.

But don’t tell me the refs robbed the game from the Saints. Give me a break with that. The Saints blew that game.

Teams that take the ball out of Drew Brees’ hands multiple times and let somebody named Taysom Hill run the offense don’t deserve to win. Teams that fail to burn their opponent’s timeouts in the red zone and keep passing with under two minutes to play don’t deserve to win. If you throw an interception in overtime right after winning the coin toss, you don’t deserve to win.

The Saints let the Rams hang around and they gave them the game in the end. The refs didn’t take it from them. Please.

There’s a New Orleans-based attorney suing the NFL over the non-call. What a circus.

Here’s an idea: sue your team for malpractice. But I guess it’s a hell of a lot easier to blame someone else than take accountability for your role in a loss.

Losers blame officials on Monday.

Don’t be a loser.

You can hear Matt McCarthy on various 98.5 The Sports Hub programs. Follow him on Twitter @MattMcCarthy985.