Are NFL Refs Capping For The New England Patriots? 

The Patriots have never needed any referee help to win a game. The franchise’s two cheating scandals sandwiched in between six Super Bowl victories for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady show that they’ll do anything to win. 

This heir of invincibility and the Tom Brady “GOAT” narrative that the NFL wants to preserve, especially as dual-threat quarterbacks begin to flood the league, has benefited Belichick’s boys with some favoritism; getting crucial calls from the referees at the precise moments they really need it. 

Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys was no different. While the Patriots defense showed up, there were several key calls —  two phantom tripping calls in particular — that devastated Dallas drives deep in Pats territory as the game got into the crucial stages. 

Today on ESPN’s Get Up, 19-year, retired NFL officiating veteran Jon Parry said that the refs totally manufactured and fabricated…er missed both calls. 

“After review, both tripping calls in that Dallas game…incorrect calls,” Parry said. “The defender has a strong bullrush in both cases and gets the blocker off balance and there is no intention or overt act to lift the leg by the blocker to create the tripping call.”

And yet on the biggest drive of the biggest game of the weekend, the refs killed a two-minute drill for the win by Dak Prescott with a totally bogus call. 

How convenient for the Patriots who were outplayed by Dallas for a large part of that game.

Prescott and Cowboys HC Jason Garrett get the blame for the loss, but Prescott made some gutsy throws and if not for the interference of referees, the game may have played out much differently.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.