Matthew Slater on M&M: ‘They decided not to make the call, and it is what it is’
|11.19.13 at 12:55 pm ET|
Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater checked in with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon to discuss Monday’s 24-20 loss to the Panthers that ended in controversy.
“It’s obviously disappointing when the game doesn’t work out in your favor, especially when you don’t feel like you played as well as you could have. But it is what it is,” Slater said. “They made more plays than we did at the end of the day, and they won the game. We’ve got to be able to turn the page and move on to Denver, because we’ve got a short week ahead of us.”
On the game’s final play, Rob Gronkowski was held by Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly as Tom Brady‘s pass was intercepted in the end zone. A flag was thrown but then picked up, with the officials ruling the pass was not catchable.
“It’s obviously tough to end the game that way,” Slater said. “I’m still not really sure what happened and what the explanation was behind the picking up of the flag. But like I said, it is what it is. Us losing that game doesn’t come down to that final play. There were several plays over the course of the game that maybe we could have executed better on and we wouldn’t have left ourselves in that position.
“No football game comes down to one play. It’s just unfortunate that the game ended in that manner. But it is what it is.”
Added Slater: “It really doesn’t matter. They decided not to make the call, and it is what it is.”
Slater said that despite the frustration in letting a game slip away, there were some good things to take from the loss.
“The positive thing that we can look at is, obviously we didn’t start the game very fast, we didn’t come out the way we would have wanted to, but we were able to play ourselves back into the game,” he said. “I think that shows a tremendous amount of mental toughness, being that that environment was electric last night and that was a tough place to play. But obviously we do see a lot of areas that we can improve on, and I’m sure we’ll have a chance to look at the tape a little as we move on to Denver. But we understand that down the stretch, we’re going to have to play a lot better going against these opponents we have coming up.”