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Patriots players disagree with some penalties in win vs. Texans

Ryan Hannable
September 09, 2018 - 6:48 pm

FOXBORO -- It seems like both the Patriots and Texans weren't fully on board with the referees' calls in Sunday's Week 1 matchup.

Houston cornerback Aaron Colvin didn't agree with Rob Gronkowski's catch late in the first half, and two members of the Patriots secondary didn't agree with flags called late in the game.

Safety Duron Harmon was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the final drive of the game when he hit DeAndre Hopkins when he leaped for a ball that fell incomplete. The referees ruled it was helmet-to-helmet, while Harmon disagreed.

“I felt like it was a clean tackle," Harmon said. "I mean, in all honesty I felt like it was shoulder. My shoulder hit his back, you know what I am saying. It is a bang-bang play. We’ll see obviously when they review it, but I feel like it was a clean tackle.”

Meanwhile, on the drive before that, cornerback Stephon Gilmore was flagged twice -- both for defensive holding against Hopkins in the red zone. Houston ended up by scoring a touchdown on that drive, which made it a one-score game.

“I mean, the first one maybe, the second one I don’t know, but they called it so you kind of have to play — not touching them I guess on defense," Gilmore said.

Since it is the first week of the season, players and referees are still getting used to the new rules and there's still some uncertainty on some plays. Harmon understands that and if he needs to make changes he will.

“Yeah, definitely gray area, but they just want to make the game safe," Harmon said. "I mean, we’ll look at it as a team tomorrow and obviously what Coach [Bill] Belichick says, if I need to switch something up, I’ll switch something up. If not, I am going to keep playing aggressive and play the way I know how to play football."

Both teams were flagged six times in the game.

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