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Bills players blast referees for calls in loss to Patriots: 'Somebody in Boston got the refs on the payroll'

Ryan Hannable
December 24, 2017 - 5:45 pm

FOXBORO -- The Bills are not pleased with the referees and NFL replay crew following Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Buffalo was victim of two overturned calls in the 37-16 loss.

The first came at the end of the first half when Kelvin Benjamin appeared to make a terrific catch in the end zone, but it was overturned to an incomplete pass saying he didn't get two feet in bounds with control of the ball. Then, Dion Lewis was stopped on fourth down on the Patriots' first drive of the second half, but after the Patriots challenged the spot, it was changed to give the Patriots a first down.

After the game, ESPN cameras caught defensive end Jerry Hughes blasting the referees when he was walking off the field.

"Somebody in Boston got the refs on the payroll," he yelled. "Y'all paying them big money out here. Still ain't gonna win, though."

Hughes was asked to clarify what he said when he was in the locker room.

“Just those couple of calls. I am pretty sure everyone saw it and just to hear about it now, everyone on TV thought it was a touchdown," he said, via ESPN's Mike Rodak. "Of course, from my point of view we see it that way. And then, the fourth-down stop. I don’t really see how those can get reversed. I mean, it happens. It is sports. You’re going to get some calls, sometimes you’re not. You just have to be a lot stronger mentally so we can answer those calls.”

Added Hughes: “From my experience, watching [the Patriots] on TV the other night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it seems like things kind of roll in their favor. I guess that’s just how the chips roll.”

Hughes wasn't the only one complaining, as running back LeSean McCoy wasn't happy with the overturned touchdown, either -- although he made sure to add it wasn't why they lost the game.

"Up here, they always find a way to get it right for the Patriots," he said.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor called the overturned touchdown call "horrible."

The Bills didn't score an offensive touchdown against the Patriots in either of their games this season.