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Jaguars unhappy with discrepancy in penalties during AFC championship

Ryan Hannable
January 21, 2018 - 9:56 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were flagged for just one penalty for 10 yards in the AFC championship, which occurred on a kickoff, while the Jaguars had six penalties for 98 yards.

In the Jacksonville locker room after the game, the team was not pleased.

"I was pissed because I seen [Danny] Amendola head-butt the hell out of Gip [Tashaun Gipson] in front of the ref and you all don't call nothing?" A.J. Bouye said to reporters. "It don't make no sense man. it's a lot of stuff that don't make no sense. I have a lot of respect for these people in this locker room. They kept fighting, we all kept fighting. We knew there was stuff we couldn't control and we kept it close."

He added: "I'm going to defend my teammates. You all see it on TV, the one where Amendola head-butted Gip. Right after the whistle was blown. Right in front of them. I'm just asking how you going to let them do that? I understand you're all going to let us play but we know they're going to try to instigate stuff. They head-butted my man. C'mon man."

Linebacker Myles Jack was also intrigued by the discrepancy. 

"Interesting," he said. "My thoughts on that is ... yeah, that's kind of self-explanatory. I didn't know that. I'll just say that's self-explanatory. Interesting. That's all I'm going to say."

Bouye acknowledged the penalties were not the difference in the game, but still noted it was an issue.

"You all see it," he said. "I got players hitting me up in the NFL saying the same thing. But at the end of the day we can't put the blame on them. We didn't execute good enough. They executed good enough."

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