With 2:30 to go in Sunday's AFC Championship Game and trailing 20-12, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lobbed a pass into the end zone intended for tight end Rob Gronkowski. But Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib was in coverage and the ball fell harmlessly to the turf.
In which case, Talib should have been flagged for pass interference and the Patriots should have gotten the ball at the Broncos' 1-yard line. Instead, Denver took over possession, though they punted four plays later. Eight plays after that, the Patriots and Gronk finally found the end zone to cut the lead to 20-18 ... only to fail on the two-point conversion.
If this all sounds familiar, it should. Two years ago, the Patriots lost on a last-second play involving Brady, Gronkowski and an end-zone pass that fell incomplete thanks to some "aggressive" coverage courtesy of Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.
There were no flags on the play, game over, Panthers win. And 14 months later, the Pats again didn't get the call in the end zone.