After years of fans accusing the NFL and referees of favoring the Patriots, it sure feels like New England is on the other side of the coin now. Calls just never seem to go the Pats' way, and that was especially true when they were playing against the league's new darling franchise.
Every call seemed to go exactly in the way Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift wanted it to.
Matthew Judon was having enough of it, and he decided to risk a fine by calling out the officiating on Twitter.
Patriots News: Matthew Judon Calls out Referees
Just in case Judon takes the post down to try and avoid getting fined: he reposted a (either Photoshopped or AI-generated) picture of Patrick Mahomes kissing a referee, adding the comment "I see no lies." The post has been up for nearly 24 hours though, so it seems like Judon stands by what he said.
And when you watch a play like the one that seems to have caught Judon's eye, it's hard to argue with him.
Patriots fans aren't all that torn up about losing right now. This isn't a great football team, and the best prize at the end of the season will be a great draft pick.
But nobody wants to lose like this.
Stealing a win over the Chiefs would have actually felt pretty good, tanking be damned, and having that opportunity denied by biased officiating leaves a really sour taste.
Judon clearly agrees, and he's willing to face a potential fine to make his thoughts on the situation known.
It feels like NFL refereeing has been worse than ever in 2023. I'm not going to say there's some grand conspiracy and that the NFL is trying to make certain teams win certain games. It's fun to joke about and I'm here for any Taylor Swift-NFL conspiracy theory you want to throw around.
But to be a wet blanket for a second, the potential scandal is way too big to be worth them taking an absurd risk like trying to fix games with officiating.
Still, it does become awfully frustrating when you're already an underdog in a game, you're an underdog in popularity and the referees completely rob you of the chance of upsetting your opponent and a massive fanbase in the process.
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