While Patriots coach Bill Belichick after the game said he didn't see much of the play and it wasn't something he could control, cameras caught him telling McDermott immediately after the game that Gronkowski's hit was "bull--" while apologizing.
After the game, Bills safety Micah Hyde called the hit dirty, saying he thought Gronkowski should have been ejected. Cameras caught the exchange... "I just don't understand why there wasn't a flag".
"Gronkowski should have been ejected from the game, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's a substantial fine and maybe even a suspension", he said.
The NFL will take into account Gronkowski's immediate and full apology after the game.
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Gronkowski did feel bad about the play after the game. "It was a lot of frustration", he said. In fact, star TE Rob Gronkowski was quite unhappy with former LSU CB Tre'Davious White. "It just happened naturally through emotion and frustrations". It was a couple of times in the game, and they're calling me for the craziest stuff ever ... and it's insane, like what am I supposed to do? "And there was a couple of times in the game". And then they don't call that on [White]. And they are calling it on me for the craziest stuff ever. It was just frustration.
"I can't, that could definitely hurt", he said. And over in the AFC, in addition to the logjammed West, the South could go down to Week 17: That's when the Titans and Jaguars play each other. "That's not cool. It's fantastic to me that you don't get ejected for something like that".
However, not everyone on the New England roster was happy.