After the game, at least one Patriots player took issue with Raiola's play.
"I didn't see anything. I just heard what happened, but that was stupid," Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. "I didn't see it, but from what I heard ... you're taking a knee. They'd get mad if we were just to blow up one of their players, so I mean, it's just uncalled for.
"But at the same time, you always have to protect yourself, so you always have to play with your neck on a swivel and being alert for 60 minutes, and it came down to it today on a boneheaded play like that. Luckily no one got hurt and we can move on."
Raiola offered no apologies after the game and said he was just continuing to play football -- much like New England was doing by scoring after the two-minute warning with the Patriots comfortably ahead 27-9.
New England had been given a first down at the 1-yard line after a personal foul penalty on Detroit defensive lineman C.J. Mosley wiped away Stephen Gostkowski's field goal. So instead of kneeling, the Patriots continued running plays.
"I cut him. We took a knee, so I cut the nose," Raiola said. "They went for a touchdown at two minutes; they could have taken three knees and the game could have been over.
"I mean, it's football. You want us to keep playing football? Let's play football. No big deal -- it's football."
On Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick chalked it up to frustration.
"I'm sure there was a lot of frustration there from Raiola," he said. "That was obvious. He's never beaten us. He had a tough day in there dealing with Wilfork and [Dont'a] Hightower and those guys. I'd say that was probably frustration. We saw a lot of that at the end of the game -- [Tahir] Whitehead on [LeGarrette] Blount's touchdown, Mosley on the personal foul on the field goal."
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss contributed to this report.
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