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Mother knows best: Brady's and Gronkowski's moms say penalty call should have stood

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responds to a reporter's question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Brady and the Patriots will play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday night in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responds to a reporter's question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Brady and the Patriots will play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday night in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks through a play with tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) during a stretching and drills session before practice begins  at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Tom Brady and the Patriots will play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday night in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks through a play with tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) during a stretching and drills session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Tom Brady and the Patriots will play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday night in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) blocks New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) on the final play during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The Panthers won 24-20. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) blocks New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) on the final play during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The Panthers won 24-20. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

If mother knows best, the penalty that would have given the Patriots one last chance against the Panthers should have stood.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski say that's how their moms viewed the defensive pass interference call that was waved off on the last play of New England's 24-20 loss to Carolina on Monday night.

The quarterback had "no final thoughts" on his pass into the end zone toward Gronkowski, who was being bear-hugged by Luke Kuechly, but said with a laugh, "My mom thought it was a penalty. Does that count?"

Gronkowski said his mother agreed.

"Our moms are on the same page," a smiling Gronkowski said, "but we're way past that now. We're on to the Broncos."

New England (7-3) plays Denver (9-1) on Sunday night.

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