Patriots

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The turning point of Sunday's thrilling AFC Championship Game came late in the fourth quarter when Chiefs defensive end Dee Ford was called for a neutral zone infraction.

Tom Brady threw what appeared to be a dagger of an interception, but the Patriots were given a huge break when Ford was caught offsides. After the game, which the Patriots won 37-31 in overtime, Andy Reid wondered why there wasn't a warning given on the crucial play.

"Usually you're warned or the coach is warned when somebody's doing that before they throw [the flag] in a game of that magnitude, but they did," Reid said. "He didn't waste any time doing it. He didn't wait until the interception to throw it, he had his hand on his flag right from the get-go. So he saw it from his angle and thought that was the call."

Former NFL referee and Supervisor of Officials Jim Daopoulos appeared on Quick Slants with NBC Sports Boston's own Tom E. Curran and shut down Reid's comments.

"In the first quarter or the first couple of minutes of the game if the defensive end is lined up offsides, absolutely, they'll give him a warning," Daopoulos said. "But at that point in the game, late in the game, absolutely not. You know, you just can't warn these guys every time because they're going to encroach it whenever they can. So early on, yes. At that point, absolutely not."

 

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