New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said that he thought he and the Patriots were lucky to receive an extra 10 yards via an unnecessary roughness call on Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher Sunday.
While driving his team into scoring range late in the second quarter, Brady scrambled for three yards. Just as Fletcher moved in for the tackle at the 20-yard line, Brady began to slide. Officials said Brady was well into his slide and that Fletcher was guilty of a penalty.
The ball was moved to the 10-yard line and the Patriots later scored a field goal to tie the game, 20-20, at halftime.
Fletcher argued the call vehemently, and after the game, Mike Shanahan said the call was “horrible.”
In the locker room, Fletcher said, “You all watched the game. You saw it. They make calls. We just kind of have to live with it, I guess.”
“You try to explain your situation, but they don’t really listen to you that much,” Fletcher said. “I think everybody who saw it, they definitely wouldn’t think it was the right call.”
After the game, the quarterback acknowledged that Fletcher wasn’t guilty of a dirty play.
“I thought it was a really clean play by him,” Brady said Monday on WEEI radio in Boston. “I think we’re pretty fortunate we got the call.”