Belichick on Dominic Raiola: 'He's never beaten us; tough day for him'

Dominic Raiola is now 0-4 lifetime vs. the Patriots. (USATSI)
Dominic Raiola is now 0-4 lifetime against the Patriots. (USATSI)

With the Lions lined up and about to take a knee at the end of their 34-9 loss to the Patriots on Sunday, Lions center Dominic Raiola dived at defensive end Zach Moore's knees in what was widely described as a cheap shot.

Here's what happened ...

Afterward, Raiola explained his thought process, saying, "I cut him. We took a knee, so I cut the nose [tackle]. They went for six [a touchdown]. They went for a touchdown at two minutes. They could have took three knees and the game could have been over. It's football. He wants to keep playing football, let's play football. Not a big deal. It's football."

On Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the play, and he took this not-so-subtle jab at Raiola.

Belichick, of course, is right. In his 14-year career, Raiola is 0-4 against New England. Making matters worse is this: According to the Pro Football Focus metrics, Raiola had a negative performance for Detroit -- his fourth-worst game of the season. 

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