New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is focused on beating the Denver Broncos, and said Tuesday that there was nothing he could do about the 24-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.
Belichick wouldn’t discuss the officials decision to wave off the penalty on the final play when Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly wrapped his arms around Rob Gronkowski as Tom Brady’s pass sailed toward them.
“I don’t really have any comment to add about the officiating or any of those calls,” Belichick said during his conference call Tuesday. “If you have any questions on that, you can talk to the league office and the officiating department, let them give their explanation on them. It’s not really our job to call the game, it’s to play it and coach it. Whatever calls they make are the ones that we live with.”
The Patriots (7-3) will face off against the Denver Broncos, the NFL’s highest scoring team, and Peyton Manning, who leads the league with 34 touchdown passes in 10 games, Sunday night.
“Good football team, playing well, obviously their record reflects that,” said Belichick. “We have to correct some mistakes from the Carolina game but move on to Denver and have a good week of preparation and be ready to go next week.”
The Broncos are averaging 39.8 points a game, 16 more than the Panthers and 14 more than the Patriots. So with a short week of practice, Belichick didn’t want to waste any time on a disputed call.
“We can’t let that affect what we’re doing, we just have to do continue to coach the techniques and do the things that are right and within the rules and assume that they’ll be officiated accordingly. So that’s how we’ll handle that. We have to turn the page here quickly, get on to Denver.”
The Patriots and Broncos will meet for the 47th time in series history. Denver leads the all-time regular season series 25-18 and are 2-1 against the Patriots in the postseason against New England.
Tom Brady is 3-5 against the Broncos in regular season and 1-1 against Denver in the postseason. He’s also 7-3 against Peyton Manning in the regular season and 2-1 in three playoff games.