Gronkowski: I felt like it was a clean block

Gronkowski: I felt like it was a clean block
September 16, 2012, 9:41 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots had the game won. Or at least it appeared that way.

With just under a minute left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots down 20-18, Danny Woodhead scampered into the end zone untouched for what looked like a 30-yard touchdown run.

But almost immediately, instead of celebrating, Tom Brady's hands went to the top of his helmet. Something was wrong. There were flags on the field. The play was coming back.

Rob Gronkowski was called for holding as Woodhead was headed toward the goal line. The touchdown was nullified.

After the call was announced, Gronkowski was demonstrably upset with the officials. He maintained his innocence in the Patriots locker room after the game.

"I felt like it was a clean block," Gronkowski said. "My hands were right inside. I gotta look at the film. You guys saw it, too. You guys probably saw a replay so you can tell me if my hands were outside or not."

The Patriots were back within field goal range after a 12-yard pass to Wes Welker. But after another Gronkowski penalty -- this time it was a false start -- and two knees, the Patriots were backed up to the Arizona 24 yard line.

Stephen Gostkowski missed the ensuing potential game-winning kick, and the Patriots walked off with their first loss in a home-opener since 2001.

"It's frustrating," Gronkowski said of his penalties. "You saw me out there. They were not good. You can't have penalties."