Monday, January 5, 2015

Pete Morelli and Pass Interference

I don't like the Lions.

I'm glad they're out of the playoffs.

That said, the Cowboys received a gift from Pete Morelli that they didn't deserve.

From Sports Illustrated:

The Cowboys won Sunday’s wild-card playoff thriller at AT&T Stadium 24-20 over the Lions in comeback fashion, but the outcome was immediately questioned in light of referee Pete Morelli bizarrely and belatedly picking up a critical pass interference flag against Dallas in the fourth quarter, with Detroit clinging to a 20-17 lead and driving for perhaps a game-clinching score.

That the flag against Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens was picked up so long after the initial call was made was unusual enough, with even former head of NFL officiating, Mike Pereira, who worked the game for FOX, saying he could not recall a similar instance of such a belatedly overturned call. But then -- and here’s where the league’s real credibility problem lies -- there was absolutely no explanation for the reversal offered by Morelli to either the crowd or the national television audience. He simply announced there was no foul, and the game went on, to its dramatic and highly disputed finish. After the game, Morelli told pool reporter Todd Archer that another official thought the contact was "minimal and didn't warrant pass interference," thus they picked up the flag.
"Minimal" contact that "didn't warrant pass interference"?


What an unbelievably awful call!

What is pass interference?

Really terrible call.

Too bad. Oh, well.

Done thinking about that.

Bring on the Cowboys!

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