New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he understood why Patriots safety Kyle Dugger and Indianapolis Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr. were ejected but he couldn't understand why Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton wasn't ejected for making a contact with an official.
Dugger and Pittman got into a scuffle in the third quarter and Hilton was seen pushing an official to the ground. "Bottom line is both players got ejected. I would say I understand that. Whether I agree with it or not, that's a whole another discussion.
[But] I don't understand why T.Y. Hilton wasn't ejected for contacting an official. Intentionally or unintentionally, that has no bearing on the play. And those plays are reviewable and are reviewed," Belichick said, per ESPN.
"You'd have to talk to the officials about that. They're the ones that made the call."
Belichick thought Hilton absolutely deserved an ejection
"Based on the rule, I don't see why T.Y. Hilton wasn't ejected.
I mean, he pushed an official. That was pretty clear. But that wasn't called at all. That's a clear-cut ejection to me," Belichick said. "Pittman comes from behind, Kyle turns around, there's an exchange. Pittman's helmet was off, he was trying to put his helmet on as he approached Kyle at the end of the play.
So it came off pretty quickly; I don't know whether Kyle knocked it off or it would have come off anyway, or whatever." The Colts beat the Patriots 27-17 and Belichick admitted the team play well enough to win. "I've said it like five times.
I could just say it another five times -- we didn't do anything well enough to win tonight," he said. Belichick started his press conference by apologizing for his shot press conference after the loss. "I apologize if it seemed like I was a little short with you after the game," he said.
"Obviously a frustrating game. Down 20-0. Didn't do anything well enough. I mean, there isn't really much to say at that point without watching the film. "Clearly we had problems in every area. So there's no simple answer.
Every play could have been better. Every area of coaching could have been better. Every area of playing could have been better. Any of that would have helped. Not really trying to be short, but honestly, there wasn't too much to say.
I don't know that there's a whole lot more to say now. But it's not your fault. It was a frustrating game."