One day after center Dominic Raiola delivered a low blow in the waning moments of the Lions' 34-9 loss to the Patriots, New England coach Bill Belichick responded with one of his own.
Trailing 34-9 with 17 seconds left, the Lions conceded defeat by taking a knee, but after snapping the ball, Raiola dove at the legs of defensive lineman Zach Moore. Raiola said he was upset that the Patriots added a touchdown late in the game, rather than running out the clock.
"I cut him," Raiola said after the game. "We took a knee, so I cut the nose (tackle). They went for a touchdown at 2 minutes; they could've took three knees and the game could've been over.
"It's football. If you want to keep playing football, let's play football. No big deal."
Belichick said Monday morning he understood Raiola's postion. Well, sort of.
"Sure, there was a lot of frustration there with Raiola," said Belichick, according to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. "He's never beaten us. Tough day for him."
Raiola, in his 14th season with the Lions, has been part of four losses to the Patriots, including Sunday's defeat. The Lions also lost to the Patriots in 2002, 2006, and 2010.