Belichick On Why They Didn't Challenge Gronkowski's Touchdown: 'I Couldn't See it'

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October 30, 2011 at 11:56pm ET

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wasn't exactly in great spirits after Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Steelers, and addressed some of the questions that came up after the game.

One big question that was on everyone's mind was the fact that the team didn't challenge an 8-yard catch by Rob Gronkowski down on the goal line in the fourth quarter that replays showed was a touchdown.

Belichick said after Sunday's game that he couldn't see the play well enough to challenge Gronkowski's potential touchdown. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
The play was a big one because while New England did go on to score on a touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez, it came nearly two minutes after what would have been one by Gronkowski.

“I thought about it, but there was no evidence to say to challenge it," said Belichick after the game.  "I mean I certainly couldn’t see it from my angle, and I don’t believe they replayed the play in the box.”

They didn't show the replay until several plays later, and by then it was obviously too late.

Unfortunately New England could have used those two minutes, because the next time they got the football back was with less than twenty seconds left.  Not nearly enough time for Brady to work his magic on an improbable come back.

It's tough to blame Belichick on that one.  From the initial angle it was tough to see whether or not he had gotten in, and CBS unfortunately took too much time to replay it to allow him to make that call.