The NFL is investigating coaches who clashed with replacement officials Sunday, and that includes the Ravens coach.
We are reviewing incidents from yesterdays games involving the game officials and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the NFL said in statement.
Harbaugh admits he made contact with an official but contends that it was incidental as he was motioning for a timeout in the fourth quarter. The Ravens were quickly hit with a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct with 2:23 left in the game and New England driving with a 30-28 lead.
Harbaugh was reluctant to address the issue Monday, instead focusing on the difficulty replacement officials have trying to fill in on short notice.
"There are a lot of good officials in these crews. It's just going to be hard for those guys to all be on the same page with the history of the National Football League and all that in a few weeks," Harbaugh said. "But there are a lot of very talented officials that do a great job. ... The task is tough and they are working real hard at it."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared to actually grab an official after Justin Tucker's 27-yard field goal as time expired won the game for Baltimore.
On the Ravens' final drive, Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty was hit with a 27-yard pass interference call that put the ball on the 7-yard line.
On the Ravens' drive before that, McCourty and linebacker Brandon Spikes were called for defensive holding which resulted in automatic first downs.
There were 24 total penalties accepted for 218 yards.
"I'm not going to comment about that. You saw the game," Belichick said Sunday. "What did we have, 30 penalties called in that game?"