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Luke Kuechly admits he got away with a penalty in controversial ending to Patriots' 2013 loss to Panthers

Ryan Hannable
September 27, 2017 - 2:38 pm

FOXBORO -- The last time the Patriots played the Panthers in November of 2013, there was some controversy. 

In the closing seconds of Carolina's 24-20 victory, referee Clete Blakeman's crew picked up a flag thrown for defensive pass interference called on Luke Kuechly against Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone. He was defending against a potential game-winning pass from Tom Brady and he was all over the Patriots tight end before the ball arrived. 

There was no penalty called and the Panthers won the game.

Four years later, speaking on a conference call Wednesday, Kuechly admitted he may have got away with one.

"I might have got away with one there," he said. "I'm not even going to act like I didn't. I might have got away with one."

Kuechly added: "I'm sure somebody will say something to me. I've spent some time up there and I know what those fans are like. They love football and it'll be fun. We'll see what happens."

It would not be a surprise to see the two matched up again Sunday when the two teams meet at Gillette Stadium.