BALTIMORE -- In the classic film “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Alec Baldwin’s character snarls, “Coffee is for closers.” With that in mind, the Patriots should be looking elsewhere for their caffeine this week.



FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he was looking for an explanation from the officials after Justin Tucker's game-winning field goal in the closing seconds of Sunday's night's 31-30 loss to the Ravens and that he never meant any disrespect to the officials. 

Sunday's Patriots-Ravens game was a loss for New England but a big win for NBC. The network averaged a 9.9 rating and 15 share as an estimated 15.92 million people tuned in to watch the Pats drop a 31-30 heartbreaker.

The game easily outdrew the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on ABC, which drew 10.52 million viewers.

The rating was the best NFL Week 3 game rating in four years and the second-best Week 3 primetime game since 1997.

Patriots receiver Deion Branch checked in with Mut & Merloni on Monday to discuss Sunday night's 31-30 loss to the Ravens.

Branch was hit hard on two plays in Sunday's game. First, he was drilled in the head by safety Ed Reed after catching a short pass. Branch couldn't hold on to the ball, but Reed was flagged for the hit so the Patriots picked up a first down. Branch and Reed respectfully tapped each other's helmets after the play, and Branch said he has no animosity toward the Ravens defender.

According to a report from NFL Network's Steve Wyche, the NFL will review the incident after Sunday night's game in which Patriots coach Bill Belichick grabbed an official.

Belichick apparently wanted an explanation after the Ravens' game-ending field goal that appeared to go directly over the upright or to see if it was reviewable. He pursued an official and pulled on his arm when the ref did not stop.

The NFL warned teams last week following a couple of incidents in which coaches berated replacement officials.

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance with Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Pats' 31-30 loss to the Ravens and other news from around the NFL.

The replacement officials once again are in the spotlight following some questionable decisions Sunday in a number of games, including the Patriots' setback.

“It’s Baltimore, gentlemen. The Gods will not save you.” -- Police commissioner Ervin Burrell, “The Wire”

BALTIMORE -- It was a game the Patriots had in their back pocket.



BALTIMORE -- Patriots defensive captain Vince Wilfork said he was surprised that the game officials ran off the field so quickly after Justin Tucker's game-winning 27-yard field goal as time expired. 

"You have to. In game like this, you have to, but instead, they ran off the field. It is what it is," Wilfork said. "I'm not going to sit here and pick a fight with those guys. They have a job to do, we have a job to do. The only thing we can do is play better and try not to be in those situations no more."

BALTIMORE -- Ravens defensive back Bernard Pollard was happy with the win over the Patriots Sunday night, but said he anticipates seeing New England again later this season.

"We know we're probably going to see them down the road," Pollard said after the game. "With [Tom Brady], you have to get pressure on that man's face. If you let him sit back there, he'll eat you alive, and I think you guys saw that. Allowing him to sit back with guys running around him, that guy can thread the needle."

BALTIMORE -- In the moments after New England's heartbreaking 31-30 loss to the Ravens Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium, Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes tweeted his frustration with the replacement officials. 

Can someone please tell these [expletive] zebras foot locker called and they’re needed Back at work !!!! #BreakingPoint

Later, Spikes tweeted, I thought after Noah’s Ark & the great flood, God said he wouldn’t punish us again..well how do u explain what happen 2nite ?! Ijs #PoWwWwW