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Jon Beason happy to see Panthers playing well (but thinks it should have been a penalty)

Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly blocks New England Patriots'

Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly blocks New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski on the final play during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C.. (Nov. 18, 2013) Credit: AP

Add Jon Beason to the list of people who thought that there should have been a penalty called at the end of Monday night’s game between the Panthers and the Patriots.

“Sometimes they make calls and it never ceases to amaze me,” he said. “I’m always surprised by the outcome.”

Beason said he thinks that as long as the pass is in the field of play that it shouldn’t be called “uncatchable.” That said, he was happy to see his former team pull out the victory even though his former protégé – Luke Kuechly – was at the center of the final controversial play.

“Hats off to them, man,” he said. “It’s a great offense, he played well, and it’s a play he wants back but I’m sure he’s happy that it went that way … It’s tough because he’s in great position. You know the ball is coming, you can’t look back. Tough play but they came out on top and I’m happy for them.”

The Panthers have won six straight games and have become one of the NFL’s resurgent darlings since trading Beason. As a player who was there for some of the low points in recent years, Beason said he is glad to see the renaissance in Charlotte.

“I’ve been following them closely,” he said. “I’m happy to see those guys rolling because I know that it’s been a lot of work to lead up to this moment now that they’re playing at a high level, especially on the defensive side of the ball. It makes me happy.”

To the point that he wishes he was there for it?

“It would have been fun, but I’m having that here,” he said of a team that is changing its fortunes (although the Giants are doing it on a smaller scale, trying to come back from an 0-6 start this season). “When they won three games in a row it was the first time in 5 or 6 years. That would have been fun. Now we’ve won four and now we’re on our way, hopefully, to winning five. I feel like we’re kind of in the same boat. It’s going well.”

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